covid-19 Testing

Free COVID-19 testing is available throughout Kings County.

Healthcare Provider approval is not needed and you do not need to be symptomatic to test.

When should I get tested?

You should immediately get tested for COVID-19 if you are feeling any symptoms – regardless of your vaccination status. COVID-19 symptoms can feel like a common cold (including just “the sniffles”), seasonal allergies, or flu.

If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 and are not fully vaccinated, get tested right away. If you test negative, retest 5-7 days after your exposure date.

  • Those who are unvaccinated should also test 1-3 days before and 3-5 days after any high-risk events (such as large indoors gatherings or visits with someone whose health is compromised).

  • If you were fully vaccinated when exposed, you should get tested 5-7 days after close contact with someone who has recently tested positive.

  • If you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 3 months and have had no new symptoms since your recent exposure, you do not need to get tested.​

Where can I get tested?

KCDPH offers testing in all public health clinics and via our mobile unit. 

Click here for the full schedule. 

How can I offer Testing to My Employees?

Visit the CA COVID-19 Testing Taskforce page to explore resources and information on starting your own testing program.

Common COVID-19
  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Shortness of breath

  • Headache

  • Sore Throat

  • Congestion/runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Call your medical provider or 911
for any symptoms that are severe.
New Federal Vaccination & Testing Requirements

Accordingly to a recently released OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), beginning January 4th, 2022, employers with over 100 employees will be required to track the vaccination status of employees,

and ensure those who are unvaccinated test for COVID-19 weekly.

The ETS also requires employers to do the following:

  • Determine the vaccination status of each employee, obtain acceptable proof of vaccination status from vaccinated employees and maintain records and a roster of each employee's vaccination status.

  • Require employees to provide prompt notice when they test positive for COVID-19 or receive a COVID-19 diagnosis. Employers must then remove the employee from the workplace, regardless of vaccination status; employers must not allow them to return to work until they meet required criteria.

  • Ensure each worker who is not fully vaccinated is tested for COVID-19 at least weekly (if the worker is in the workplace at least once a week) or within 7 days before returning to work (if the worker is away from the workplace for a week or longer).

  • Ensure that, in most circumstances, each employee who has not been fully vaccinated wears a face covering when indoors or when occupying a vehicle with another person for work purposes.

The emergency temporary standard does not require employers to pay for testing. Employers may be required to pay for testing to comply with other laws, regulations, collective bargaining agreements, or other collectively negotiated agreements. 

The  full OSHA Press Release can be found here.