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Los Angeles County to begin home collection tests for COVID-19

The new program will be a home test collection pilot program to keep people safe during the holiday season

In this July 14, 2020, file photo, people wait in line for coronavirus testing at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
People wait in line for coronavirus testing at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 14, 2020.
Mark J. Terrill, Associated Press

Los Angeles County has a home test collection program to reduce COVID-19 spread during the holidays, according to a release emailed to the Deseret News.

The program will use something called Picture COVID-19, a Food and Drug Administration-approved home collection test developed by Fulgent Genetics Inc.

Individuals can get testing kits in the pilot program if they:

  • Have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Were recently in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or who might have it.
  • Are senior citizens or people with disabilities who feel like they were exposed to COVID-19 but can’t go to a testing site.

How it works:

  • Visit the county COVID-19 testing site.
  • Qualified patients will get a collect kit shipped to their home within two days.
  • They take the test and follow the examples on the box. Then, they’ll drop it off at a FedEx drop box.
  • Patients will receive test results by email in two days. In the meantime, they are advised to follow public health guidelines.

Why it matters:

Dr. Clemens Hong, who oversees COVID-19 testing for L.A. County under the Department of Health Services, said the test will help people during the holidays.

  • “As the surge in cases and hospitalizations continues, L.A. County is trying innovative ways to meet the testing demand and stem the community spread of the virus.”
  • “We are doing everything we can to make sure testing is available to all,” Hong said. “This allows us to reach even more people — and they don’t have to risk exposing others by leaving their homes. It’s an important step for combatting the virus in L.A. County.”