LA Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that COVID-19 tests will no longer require appointments at city-run testing sites.
The city of LA has been providing free COVID-19 tests at more than 130 sites through Curative Inc. and while appointments were previously required through the Curative website, Angelenos can now simply show up with either their insurance information or California ID card if they do not have insurance.
“Beginning next week, you will no longer need an appointment in order to get a COVID-19 test at a city-run site,” Garcetti said Thursday. “Just show up during normal hours of operation… and you’ll get your test.”
The city-run sites operate from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Garcetti said patients may register their information while waiting in line.
Testing centers can be found at the city’s COVID-19 information website, or by dialing 311 by phone.
The average of positive COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County decreased since the city’s Jan. 8 peak saw more than 15,000 daily cases. On Thursday, the county recorded 2,873 single-day cases and 153 deaths.
While Los Angeles has seen its COVID-19 cases drop, it has struggled with its vaccine supply, forcing vaccination sites to close due to dose shortages. On Thursday, Mayor Garcetti announced that it would have to reschedule its Friday appointments as their supply was delayed due to “severe weather” conditions in the Midwest. The city’s current supply is in Kentucky, while some of next week’s supply is currently in Tennessee.