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COVID-19 Testing in South LA

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To diagnose and contain the spread of coronavirus, testing is critical. We all have a part to play in keeping our community healthy. COVID-19 testing is available at Universal Community Health Center to all South Los Angeles residents. 

Testing is by appointment only and is available on Monday - Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm at our new location: 1924 Adair St, Los Angeles, CA 90011.

In addition to the Nasal/Oral Swab Test and Rapid Antibody Blood Test, UCHC now offers PCR Tests.

PCR testing is considered the “gold standard” in coronavirus detection. This test actually detects the genetic material specific to the virus and can detect the virus within days of infection, even those who do not have any symptoms. 

 

Expect results the same day. Check out the video below to learn more.

Nasal/Oral Swab Test

Who should get it?

For people showing common COVID-19 symptoms like cough, fever, and sore throat

Sample needed

Small, soft-tipped swab is inserted into one nostril or back of throat

Is there any pain?

May be a little uncomfortable but
should not be painful

Biggest difference

Detects active Coronavirus infection

How does it work?

Directly detects the presence of the coronavirus genetic material (RNA)

Time to get results

Typically 3-4 days or up to a week
(sent to a lab)

Rapid Antibody Blood Test

Who should get it?

For people without any recent symptoms 

Sample needed

1-2 drops of blood from finger

Is there any pain?

Feels like a pinch on finger

Biggest difference

Can tell if you’ve been infected with COVID-19 & recovered

How does it work?

Detects body immune response to Coronavirus by measuring antibodies in blood

Time to get results

10 minutes

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