Testing in San Diego County

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests are used to diagnose COVID-19 infection. If you are experiencing symptoms or would like to get tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, please first contact your healthcare provider. If you do not have a healthcare provider and would like to get connected to one, call 2-1-1. If you have serious symptoms, like difficulty breathing, call 9-1-1.


Find No-Cost Testing

If you are unable to get a COVID-19 test from your healthcare provider, testing is available at several locations across the county. Please see below for options available to you at no cost. 

Test Results

Test results generally come back in approximately 1-2 days. If you have not received your results after four calendar days from the day you were tested, and you were tested at a County hosted site, you may submit a test result inquiry online. If you were tested at a non-County site, please contact the site where you were tested.

While waiting for your test results, continue to monitor your health and take steps to protect yourself and others. Next steps will depend on your situation.

  • If you are experiencing symptoms, stay home and keep your distance from others, unless you are fully vaccinated. Follow Home Isolation Instructions and practice physical distancing as you recover, including distancing from other people in your home.
  • If you do NOT have symptoms, AND were NOT vaccinated, but were identified by a medical professional or a County Case Investigator as a close contact of someone who has tested positive, you should quarantine at home. A County Contact Tracer may contact you. Follow Home Quarantine Guidance in case you have been infected. If you are an essential worker, talk to your employer to see if you may continue working with extra precautions.
  • If you do NOT have symptoms AND have been vaccinated, you may resume your normal activities. Minimize your interactions with others until you get your results. Continue to practice proper hygiene, including washing your hands.