Pasadena COVID-19 Testing Information

COVID-19 Testing Guidelines

Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) COVID-19 Testing Guidelines

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has updated its testing guidance. This guidance is intended to support public health officials, health care providers, and laboratories in determining who should be tested given the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic in California. Pasadena guidelines for testing are consistent with state guidance.


How to Interpret COVID-19 Self Test Results

Types of COVID-19 Tests

There are two different types of tests – diagnostic tests and antibody tests.

An antibody test looks for a past infection and should not be used to diagnose an active infection.  Learn more about test types.

A diagnostic test can show if you have an active infection and should take steps to quarantine and isolate yourself from others. There are two types of diagnostic tests, molecular test (such as PCR) and antigen test. A negative antigen test result does NOT prove you do not have COVID-19, and must be confirmed with another test (PCR test).

Diagnostic testing is available at the following Pasadena locations. Testing is also available at other locations in your community, such as some urgent care centers and pharmacies. Contact your healthcare provider for testing options - out of pocket fees and charges may apply.

Diagnostic testing is available at the following Pasadena locations. Testing is also available at other locations in your community, such as some urgent care centers and pharmacies. Contact your healthcare provider for testing options - out of pocket fees and charges may apply.

When to seek emergency care

  • If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, you should get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include:
    • Trouble breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion
    • Inability to be roused/awakened
    • Bluish lips or face

Isolation and Quarantine

  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, or been told by a clinician that you are presumed to be positive, you are required to isolate yourself at home.
  • Regardless of the outcome of your test, if you had close contact with someone who has or is likely to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days, you are required to quarantine yourself at home.

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19.
If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.

Community Testing Centers

Rose Bowl COVID Clinic


COVID-19 Tests Available At This Location


1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena, Ca 91103

ChapCare Lake/Elizabeth

Diagnostic testing at ChapCare’s Kathryn Barger Health Center is available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Monday through Sunday, to anyone who wants to be tested for COVID-19. Uninsured individuals who get tested at ChapCare will have their tests paid for by the state. If an individual has medical insurance, Optum will bill the patient’s medical insurance company.

Testing available to minors.

1595 N. Lake Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91104
Monday - Sunday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
(888) 634-1123

Rite Aid

Rite Aid offers COVID-19 PCR testing by appointment only. If you live in California, you will be asked to provide your health insurance information to schedule an appointment. Most health insurance plans will cover the full cost of testing, at no cost to you. If you do not have insurance, you will not be charged for the services provided.

Testing is available for those ages 4 years and up.

1038 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.,
Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.,
Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy offers PCR testing by appointment only. No walk-ups, drive-thru only. CVS will bill insurance or there is no cost for uninsured individuals.

Testing is available for those ages 3 years and up.

3883 E. Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107
Monday – Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Carbon Health

Carbon Health offers COVID-19 testing by appointment ONLY to those with and without COVID-19 symptoms, Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. Please bring your insurance card. If you are uninsured, bring your Social Security Number or government ID and Carbon Health will bill the CARES Act.  For more information visit:

Testing is available for those ages 3 months and up.

600 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 120
Pasadena, CA 91101
Monday - Sunday, 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Advanced Urgent Care

Advanced Urgent Care of Pasadena offers COVID-19 testing for a fee by appointment only ($135 for PCR, $120 for Rapid/Same-Day, $165 for Antigen). Please be advised that if you are using your insurance, and not experiencing any symptoms and have no known exposure or possible exposure, including pre-op visits, return to work, or travel, your visit may or may not be fully covered by your insurance. The rates for your office visit are determined by your insurance, not our facility. If you have questions about your coverage and financial responsibility, please call your insurance directly. RAPID TESTING IS NOT COVERED OR BILLABLE TO ANY INSURANCE. Fees subject to change.

797 S. Arroyo Parkway
Pasadena, CA 91105
Monday – Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.,
Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m.-5p.m.
(626) 304-0404


UrgentMed offers COVID-19 testing for a fee ($150 for PCR and $95 for Rapid/Same-Day). This is a walk-in clinic only. Fees subject to change.

Testing is available for those ages 2 years and up.

600 S. Lake Ave, #105
Pasadena, CA 91106
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.,
Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
(626) 844-8848

Exer Urgent Care

Exer Urgent Care offers COVID-19 testing to all those that meet testing criteria based on questions asked by Exer staff about the patient's risk factors and condition. Appointments are not necessary; however, testing is only available for patients who have been screened and received a testing referral from a provider through VirtualCare by Exer or at one of their clinics. Exer Urgent Care's fee for Rapid testing and PCR testing is $240 per test. Tests are being administered on a walk-in basis from 9:00 a.m. - 8;30 p.m., seven days a week. Rapid testing, results are received within a day and PCR testing results are received within 3-5 days. Acceptable forms of payment are private pay, PPO and some HMO's. The nasal swab PCR and Rapid test are self-administered by the patient in their car with the assistance of an Exer provider.

Testing is available for those ages 2 years and up.

3160 E. Del Mar Blvd., Suite 110
Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 270-2400

Individuals not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms who wish to schedule a free test through the LA County COVID testing website will be referred to LA City testing site locations. Answers to frequently-asked questions regarding testing.

COVID-19 At-Home Test Kits

Pixel by LabCorp

Pixel by LabCorp offers at-home test kits sent to your home if you cannot leave your home or cannot access a community test site. You collect the nasal swab sample and ship it back to LabCorp. Test results are available on average in 1-2 days after the sample is received at the lab. With increased demand, results on average may take 1-2 days longer. No upfront costs are required. LabCorp bills your insurance for the test; contact your insurance provider for questions. For those without insurance, LabCorp uses public funding. This test does not detect antibodies or immunity; it is designed to determine active infection with COVID-19.

Picture by Fulgent Genetics

Sign up on the Picture by Fulgent Genetics website to have a test kit shipped to your home address via FedEx. You will receive your test kit within two days after you order it. Please note that test kits cannot be shipped to P.O. boxes. You must have an email account to sign up. Guardians or caregivers may order test kits for persons for whom they provide care.

Once you receive the test kit, take the test as soon as it arrives. All of the steps below must be done ON THE SAME DAY.

Follow the instructions included in the test kit to:

  1. Activate the test online
  2. Collect your own sample from your nose and wash your hands
  3. Package your sample in the pre-paid overnight envelope
  4. Call FedEx at 1.800.463.3339 to schedule a one-time FedEx Pickup, or drop off the packaged sample back to the Fulgent Genetics lab via FedEx express drop box

You will receive your result within 48 hours after the lab receives your sample.

Fulgent Genetics will send you an email to notify you when your results are ready to view.

Important Information

As you wait to receive your test kit, please be sure to:

  • stay at home,
  • avoid contact with others,
  • wear a mask, and
  • wash your hands often.

The test kit is for immediate use only. You should collect and ship your sample within 3-5 days of receiving the test kit.

There will be no-cost to you. However, we ask that you enter your health insurance information so LA County can get reimbursed for the cost of the test. You do NOT need insurance to get a test kit.

Free At-Home COVID-19 Antigen Test Kits

Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from Here’s what you need to know about your order:

  • Limit of one order per residential address
  • One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
  • Orders will ship free
  • Fill in this form with your contact and shipping information to order your tests