Testing Information

➡️COVID-19 Testing  


  • The Optum Serve State testing site is currently open at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds Sundays through Thursdays (closed Fri-Sat) from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.  

    • The site is closed from 2:00-3:00 for staff break times.  

    • Please note that public restrooms are not available at the testing site.

The OptumServe-LHI testing site is expected to close permanently at the end of February 2023, in alignment with the end of the state of emergency in California. It is possible that due to low utilization, the site may closer sooner. Updates will be provided as we learn more.

At-home antigen tests are available for pick-up at the Public Health Department during business hours (note that masks are required when entering the building).

Rapid antigen tests are available for free (4 test kits per family) through the Federal government here: https://www.covid.gov/tests

Rapid test kits may also be purchased at pharmacies, and limited supplies available at some community service providers, and at schools for families with school-age children. 


It is strongly recommended to pick up several home test kits to have on hand, rather than waiting until you or a family member are having symptoms. This will allow you to test at home and avoid potentially exposing others while sick.

PCR tests are available through Quest Diagnostics. Pricing varies and insurance can be billed.

With the Optum Serve/LHI Testing site closing, the test-to-treat option at the location will no longer be available. Therapeutics remain an important part of the fight against COVID. Following is information on other ways you can get treatment if you test positive for COVID.

Oral antivirals (Paxlovid, Renal Paxlovid, and Molunpiravir) can be obtained locally with a prescription at:

·Adventist Health Community Pharmacy

·Twain Harte Pharmacy

·Groveland Pharmacy

·Safeway

·Walmart

·CVS

·Rite Aid

Sesame Care is a free telehealth service available to Californians ages 12 and up to assist in receiving oral antivirals. This service is only to be used if you have a positive Covid-19 test AND have symptoms. Medicines may be mailed to a physical address or picked up at a pharmacy. *Please note, this is a free service provided by the California Department of Public Health to support uninsured and underinsured individuals within the State of California who cannot connect with a healthcare provider within 24 hours of receiving a positive test result. If you are insured, please try to reach your healthcare provider first. If you have difficulty doing so within 24 hours of your positive result, you may proceed with booking here. COVID-19 medications must be taken within 5-7 days of symptoms starting to be effective.


  • The testing site now offers a combination Flu (influenza) and COVID-19 test. One swab will test for both viruses. Only for symptomatic individuals.


  • Test to Treat operations are now live at the LHI testing site. Individuals who test positive on a rapid antigen test at the site, have the option of a telehealth appointment to determine if they are eligible to receive a COVID treatment prescription, which is available on site. To find out more about Test to Treat CLICK HERE.

  • Individuals can schedule appointments at: lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling 888-634-1123. There is no cost to the individual and anyone can get tested. Appointments are strong


  • If you believe you have been exposed to COVID or have recently traveled, please schedule an appointment to get tested 5 days after potential exposure. If you have any symptoms, please get tested right away. 


  • Rapid antigen tests are available for free (4 test kits per family) through the Federal government here: https://www.covid.gov/tests

    • Rapid test kits may also be purchased at pharmacies, and limited supplies available at some community service providers, and at schools for families with school-age children.

  • Optum Serve will no longer have PCR tests for patients who do not have symptoms, UNLESS they are receiving it for a medical or dental procedure. 


  • For more resources and information on testing locations and resources, click HERE