Not showing symptoms? SLO County suggests at-home COVID-19 testing

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Posted at 10:44 AM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 23:29:28-05

San Luis Obispo County Public Health officials are asking people who don't have symptoms or who haven't been exposed to COVID-19 to avoid making an appointment for a COVID-19 test at one of the free community testing sites.

With the Thanksgiving holiday just a week away, those testing sites are reportedly booked up and no longer have same-day or next-day appointments available.

People who are asymptomatic but what to get tested prior to Thanksgiving are instead encouraged to take an at-home self-swab test.

"Likewise, if you have symptoms and cannot make a same-day or next-day appointment at one of our free clinics, please call your local urgent care or primary care physician, or consider self-swabbing via an at-home test kit," said Dr. Penny Borenstein, County Health Officer.

Links to at-home self-swab tests can be found at

At-home COVID-19 test kits are also available at certain local Vons and Albertsons locations.

For information on COVID-19 testing in Santa Barbara County, click here.