Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti announced today that all Angelenos, even those without symptoms, can now get tested for COVID-19, at no cost.
« Los Angeles will become the first major city in America to offer wide-scale testing to all of our residents, with or without symptoms, » he said in his daily press briefing, adding that those with symptoms wil always have first priority.
The mayor said this policy will start tonight.
An example of someone who might benefit from this new policy is a person who isn’t showing any symptoms, but knows they were exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. It could also be helpful for determining who is safe to go back to work, when the economy starts to gradually re-open.
The mayor empahsized that these tests will be free for everyone in L.A. County: « You can’t put a price on the peace of mind knowing that you can’t infect somebody around you. »
He urged anyone who would like a test to sign up as soon as possible (while capacity lasts) via the city’s coronavirus information page https://corona-virus.la/.
« It’s not going to be 4 million people rushing to the testing centers overnight, » he added, saying that the extra capacity of tests would, however, allow folks to get tested multiple times, if needed. He discourage people from going to get tested everyday, though, saying « that’s nobody’s advice. »
Note: A spokesperson from the mayor’s office confirmed that the testing website is moving slowly due to increased traffic following the mayor’s announcement. Crashes have been fixed, as of 6:50 p.m., and it should be up and running again now.