Registration for free COVID-19 testing in SLO County now live

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Posted at 10:48 AM, May 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-02 22:25:36-04

UPDATE (1:12 p.m.) - An official with the County Office of Emergency Services said coronavirus testing supplies for the Grover Beach site have arrived.

There is no longer a chance that Monday appointments will need to be rescheduled at the Grover Beach testing center.

To schedule an appointment, click here.


ORIGINAL STORY (10:48 a.m.): Beginning Saturday, eligible San Luis Obispo County residents can register online for free COVID-19 testing at test centers in Grover Beach and Paso Robles.

The Grover Beach testing site is at the Ramona Garden Community Center, located at 993 Ramona Avenue. The Paso Robles testing center is at the Paso Robles Veterans Hall at 240 Scott Street, said San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department officials.

As of Saturday, health officials say testing supplies for the Grover Beach site have not yet arrived. There is a chance that Monday appointments will need to be rescheduled.

According to local health officials, the following individuals are currently eligible to get tested:

  • Healthcare workers and first responders
  • 65 and older or any age with chronic medical conditions
  • Residents or employees of congregate care living facilities
  • Persons in essential occupations which includes utilities, grocery, food supply, and public employees
  • Any persons exhibiting one or more symptoms of COVID-19

Individuals must also be a California resident to register.

Health officials say they will gather insurance information during registration, but no co-pay is required and individuals do not need to have insurance to be tested.

People who register must bring their driver's license or identification card to their appointment, if they have one. They do not need to wear a mask, according to the testing website,

County officials say individuals who register online will receive a card at their appointment with information on obtaining their results. Those who register over the phone will receive a phone call from Optum, a pharmacy benefit manager and care services group.

People who test positive will receive a phone call directly, regardless of how they registered, health officials say.

Health officers estimate the appointment would take about five minutes.

To schedule an appointment, click here. Community members may also register for an appointment by phone at 888-634-1123 Monday through Friday.

Testing is by appointment only and walk-up registrations are not permitted.