No appointments needed to take COVID test in LA

LOS Angeles residents will no longer need an appointment to get a COVID-19 test at any city-run site.

Starting this week, individuals can show up at any of city-run sites for a free test without needing to book a slot beforehand, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Thursday, February 18.

“You don’t need to set up an appointment. Just show up during normal hours of operation,” he said during a press briefing.

The city’s testing sites run from Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. They provide free COVID-19 testing to all county resides, regardless of insurance or immigration status.

While waiting in line, individuals can register for a test and will need to show insurance information or identification if they don’t have insurance.

While people wait in line, they’ll be able to register for test, and all they need to bring is their insurance information or identification if they don’t have insurance.

People can still sign up for an appointment ahead of time. Appointments can be made at and a list of testing sites is available at

Testing sites are Edendale Library in Echo Park, Hansen Dam Recreational Center, Kedren Community Health Center, LA Union, Lincoln Park, Pierce College, and San Fernando Park.

The testing sites run by LA County, however, still require appointments beforehand, as of this writing.

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