TESTING IN MALIBU
The City of Malibu partnered with Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) and Malibu Medical Group to conduct drive-thru novel coronavirus (COVID-19) tests at Malibu City Hall beginning April 6, 2020.
Priority was initially given to first responders, front-line medical workers, and employees at essential businesses, as well as those at highest risk, including seniors, individuals with underlying health conditions, those who care for individuals at high risk, and any residents exhibiting symptoms.
After opening the testing to the greater Malibu community, a total of nearly 3,000 individuals were tested over 11 days spread out over the first three weeks of testing.
Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE)
CORE is a global emergency and disaster relief non-profit organization founded by Malibu resident, actor, activist, and philanthropist Sean Penn. Locally, CORE has been working with City of Los Angeles officials to run operations at some coronavirus drive-thru testing facilities throughout Southern California. Learn more about CORE at COREresponse.org.
Malibu Medical Group
Dr. Lisa Benya, who is serving as the lead doctor supervising the testing, has decades of experience serving the Malibu community and treating patients of all ages suffering from numerous health conditions. Dr. Benya and her partner physicians at Malibu Medical Group are dedicated to quality, research-based care. Learn more about Dr. Benya and Malibu Medical Group at MalibuMedicalGroup.com.
Testing Site Locator
The State of California has an interactive locator map for finding testing sites based on the zip code you provide. Visit Testing.COVID19.CA.gov then enter the zip code, select the distance (in miles) you wish to search, and the map will provide a list of both State and community testing sites within your specified range.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY TESTING
SAME-DAY COVID-19 TESTS FOR All LA COUNTY RESIDENTS SHOWING SYMPTOMS
The County of Los Angeles is providing free, same-day tests for all County residents who have symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
The following factors do not affect eligibility for a COVID-19 test:
- Immigration status
- Insurance status
- Underlying health issues
Health equity is central to LA County’s mission to build a network of free COVID-19 both drive-up and walk-up testing sites throughout the County. To ensure the sites prioritize people who need it most, only people who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 are eligible for these testing services at this time.
Appointments are necessary - follow these steps to set up a test appointment:
- Visit the website and answer a series of questions. The answers determine if you are eligible for an appointment.
- If you are eligible, you will receive an appointment confirmation number by email.
- Bring the confirmation number and photo ID to your appointment.
- People with no access to the Internet can get help making an appointment by calling 2-1-1..
- People without a car can be tested as long as they have an appointment. The sites can accommodate pedestrians.
There are NO walk-up appointments available for people who do not register.
Test results may take up to 3-4 days. Positive test results will be notified with a phone call. Negative test results will be notified by email.
FDA-APPROVED HOME SAMPLE COLLECTION KITS
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized an at-home sample collection kit that can then be sent to specified laboratories for COVID-19 diagnostic testing. Specifically, the FDA issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) to Everlywell, Inc. for the Everlywell COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit. Everlywell’s kit is authorized to be used by individuals at home who have been screened using an online questionnaire that is reviewed by a health care provider. This allows an individual to self-collect a nasal sample at home. The FDA has also authorized two COVID-19 diagnostic tests, performed at specific laboratories, for use with samples collected at home using the kit. The kit and associated tests are available by prescription only.