Los Angeles County will not provide coronavirus testing for low risk and asymptomatic residents, according to Health Services Director Christina Ghaly.
Ghaly said the focus will instead be on people living in institutional settings like nursing homes, homeless shelters and jails. That includes both people with symptoms and those without.
Ghaly acknowledged the psychological reassurance of knowing whether you are infected, but warned that a test captures only one moment in time.
“A negative test one day, doesn’t mean you won’t be infected the next day,” Ghaly said.
Those who wouldn’t necessarily qualify for testing in Los Angeles County can still go to the city to be tested. People showing symptoms will be prioritized.