fbpx

LA County Home Test Collection Program

The LA County Home Test Collection is a pilot program with Fulgent Genetics that allows you to sign up to have a COVID-19 test shipped to your home.  This is the same test offered at County testing sites. The sample is collected using a nasal swab.

How it works
Sign up on the Fulgent Genetics website to have a test kit shipped to your home address via FedEx. You will receive your test kit in two days after you order it. Please note, they will not be able to ship to P.O. boxes. You must have an email account to sign up.

Once you receive the test kit, take the test as soon as it arrives. All of the steps below must be done ON THE SAME DAY.

Follow the instructions included in the kit to:

  1. Activate the test online
  2. Collect your own sample from your nose and wash your hands
  3. Package your sample in the pre-paid overnight envelope
  4. Drop off the packaged sample back to Fulgent lab via FedEx

You will receive your result within 48 hours.

Fulgent Genetics will provide your results via email.

Who Qualifies?
To participate, you MUST meet one of the following criteria:

  • Have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Were in close contact with someone who has or is suspected of having COVID-19 in the past 2 weeks
  • Are a senior or person with a disability who feel they were exposed to COVID-19, and cannot go to go to a testing site

Important Information

  • As you wait to receive your test, please be sure to
    • stay at home,
    • avoid contact with others,
    • wear a mask,
    • and wash your hands often.
  • The test is for immediate use only, and you are required to return the sample within 7 days.
  • There will be no-cost to you between December 1st, 2020 and January 31st, 2021. Once the pilot program ends after January 31st, you might have to buy the test.
  • Although there is no cost to you, we ask that you enter your insurance information so we can offer this test to as many people as possible. You do NOT need insurance to get a test.

Who can obtain the home-test?

Home PCR tests are available from many sources, but only people who meet one of the following criteria will qualify for a no-cost test through LA County Home Test Collection:

  • Have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Were in close contact with someone who has or is suspected of having COVID-19 in the past 2 weeks
  • Are a senior or person with a disability who feel they were exposed to COVID-19, and is unable to go to a testing site
How do you order a test?

You can order a test at the Fulgent Genetic website here:  https://picturegenetics.com/covid19?c=LACPROMO.

Follow these steps to order the test:

  1. Answer screening questions.
  2. Give your contact information. You will need an email address to order the test.
  3. Provide insurance information (if you have insurance).
  4. Consent to take the test.
How long does it take to receive the test in the mail?

It generally takes up to 2 business days to receive a test in the mail after you place the order. If you order a test after 3pm PST, your test may not ship until the following business day.

When is the best day to collect and ship the sample?

Collect and ship your sample on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday for best results. Collecting your sample on Saturday, Sunday, or holidays is not ideal, as FedEx weekend operations may delay the arrival of your sample. If the sample arrives late, Fulgent Lab cannot run the test.

How long do I have to send the sample back?

You have one week after you receive the test kit to collect and return the sample to the lab via FedEx.  Samples must be sent back to the lab the SAME DAY you collect it. We provide a pre-paid overnight shipping label with the test kit. You MUST use this FedEx label to make sure it arrives in time.  If your sample arrives late, Fulgent Lab cannot run the test. Drop your fully packaged sample off at a FedEx drop box before the last Express pickup time of that day.  Before you activate your test, check ahead of time for any potential changes to FedEx operations around the holidays.

What do I do once I receive the test?

Take the test as soon as it arrives.  Follow the instructions included in the kit to:

  1. Activate the test online
  2. Collect your own sample from your nose
  3. Wash your hands and package your sample in the pre-paid overnight envelope
  4. Drop off the packaged sample back to Fulgent lab via FedEx

All of these steps must be done ON THE SAME DAY.  Be sure to confirm FedEx hours and holiday schedules before you activate your test and collect your sample.

How do I activate my test?

When you are ready to start, follow the instructions provided in the test box. Enter the code provided for your assigned test kit. This code links your test to your personal registration information. Activate the test right before you use it. The activation time is recorded as your sample collection date and time.

How do I collect my sample?

Collect your sample right after you activate the test. Watch the video to see how it works:  www.picturegenetics.com/nasalswab. Rotate the swab around each nostril a few times gently but firmly. After collecting the sample, wash your hands. Then prepare the package to ship the sample via FedEx.  Ship the sample back on the same day you collect it.

When will my results be ready?

Results are ready within 48 hours of the sample arriving at the lab. The lab will send you a link to your results via email. If you submit more than one sample with the same email, each sample you submit will have a separate result.

If your test is positive (meaning you have COVID-19), you will also receive a second notification from Healthvana via email or text message. Through Healthvana, you can enter the names, email and/or phone number of people with whom you were in close contact. When you enter this information, Healthvana will send your contacts an anonymous notification. This notification will have information on how to get their own test and how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

How long do I have to take the test?

You are required to use and return your test within 7 days of receiving it. Please note you must activate the test, collect the sample and FedEx it back to the lab on the SAME DAY. The codes that will ensure that the test is no-cost to you will expire on January 31, 2021.

Can my child get tested?

Testing is available for children 4 years of age and older. A parent or a guardian will need to help with the test. If your child has new or worsening symptoms such as trouble breathing, pain or pressure in the chest, feeling confused or having difficulty waking up, or blue-colored lips or face, call 911 or seek emergency medical attention instead of ordering this test.

Can I order for someone else?

Parents, guardians, or caregivers may order a test for a child 4 years of age and older, or for a person for whom they provide care for. Due to legal and privacy reasons, each adult ordering a test for themselves must do so using their own account. This account will be linked to their own email address.

What type of test are you using for the LA County Home Test Collection?

We use the same test that we offer at our County test sites. This is a PCR test that is authorized by the FDA. The sample is collected using a nasal swab.  For more details, visit: https://picturegenetics.com/blog/article/covid-19-testing-guide.

Do I have to use them right away?

You must use your kit within 7 days after receiving it. Please make sure that kit activation, sample collection, and shipment all happen within the same calendar day.

X