Testing

ATTENTION – OPTUMSERVE TESTING RESULTS ARE AVERAGING A TURN-AROUND TIME OF 72 HOURS.

COVID-19 Testing

Isla Vista Pop Up Testing Information

October 23 (Fully booked – registration closed)

October 24 (Fully booked – registration closed)

November 6 (Appointment registration coming soon)

November 7 (Appointment registration coming soon)

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Limited number of walk-in appointments will be available
Testing Location

960 Embarcadero del Norte

Isla Vista, CA 93117

Testing Flyer

WHERE SHOULD I GET TESTED FOR COVID-19?

I have insurance:

I don't have insurance:

State-Run Community Testing

Santa Barbara County, The State of California and OptumServe are in partnership to increase testing for COVID-19 in our county. Testing is by appointment only.  Insurance information will be collected when you register, but no co-pay required. If you do not have insurance, the State of California will pay for your test.  Please bring your identification, if you have one.

Testing is open for all community members.

Testing sites will be operational five (5) days per week from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Days and times for appointments will be adjusted based on community need.

State-run community testing locations:

Community based testing site locations will be available throughout the county. Testing will be by appointment only.

Santa Maria
Santa Maria Fairpark
937 Thornburg Street, Santa Maria, CA, 93458

Buellton
American Medical Response (AMR) Central Training Center
240 E. Hwy 246, Suite 110, Buellton, CA, 93427

Goleta
Goleta Valley Community Center
5679 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA 93117

Request a testing appointment:

  • Online appointment registration: https://lhi.care/covidtesting
  • Telephone appointment registration: (888) 634-1123. Select Extension #8 to reach an operator to make an appointment.
  • If you need help making an appointment, please call 211. Available 24/7.

State-run community testing site utilization data:

Santa Maria
Goleta
Buellton

Cancel a testing appointment:

If you are unable to keep your appointment, please cancel:

  • Log into your LHI.care account
  • Click on Testing Appointment View Details
  • Scroll down to Need to Cancel?
  • Cancel Appointment

Other Testing Options

Please contact your primary care provider or your preferred Urgent Care Center to inquire about testing options available. Copays and fees may be charged at privately owned clinics and healthcare centers, including urgent cares and primary care providers. Your insurance may only cover COVID-19 tests if they are determined to be medically necessary.  Please ask your provider for more details.

Note: Please call before going to your provider or an Urgent Care facility for a test.

  • Please reference https://covid19.ca.gov/testing-and-treatment/ for a list of other testing opportunities within Santa Barbara County. All sites are by appointment only and should be contacted to determine testing availability.

COVID-19 Community-Based Testing FAQs

This is another option for people within Santa Barbara County to get tested for COVID-19. The testing sites and test administration will be managed by the State of California.

No. This will be another option for people to get tested, in addition to existing testing options which include primary care medical sites, urgent care, hospitals, and the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.  This option will enhance testing availability within Santa Barbara County.

If you have health insurance, they will be billed. Your information will not be shared with your insurance company, primary care physician or other providers without your permission. However, you should work with your primary care physician to make decisions about your health care.

There is no out-of-pocket expense or co-pay. If you have health insurance they will be billed.

Testing sites are located throughout Santa Barbara in the North, Mid, and South County regions.

Testing is a two-step process: screening and testing. When you go online or call to schedule your appointment, you will answer a few questions to determine your eligibility.  If eligible, you will be given an authorization number and an appointment time. You will come in on the day you are scheduled and get tested. Tests will be conducted using a nasal swab.

Anyone who is experiencing symptoms, has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, lives or works in a congregate setting, or who is an essential worker should get tested.

In addition, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is now encouraging all community members to be tested

Everyone is eligible to be tested.

Appointment times will vary.  

No, tests are by appointment only.

More testing sites may be added at different regions in the county. Please check back to see when additional testing sites and appointments may become available.

A nasal swab is administered by trained medical staff. The testing process takes between 5 and 10 minutes.

At this time results are taking approximately 72 hours.

This is a voluntary medical procedure and therefore requires your authorization to schedule an appointment.

Assistance will be available in Spanish and Santa Barbara County is partnering with the State to offer indigenous languages as well.

No documentation will be needed for testing. Simply bring your authorization number. If you live in Santa Barbara County you are eligible to test, regardless of immigration status.

Yes, but please do not expose others if you suspect you are ill. Only those with confirmed appointments will be tested.

No, testing will occur at an indoor location.

Yes. The privacy of people tested as well as results will be upheld in the same manner as any testing or medical procedure for COVID-19, regardless of location.

Certain information will be shared with Public Health professionals and clinical laboratory staff involved in the collection and processing of any biospecimen in connection with your testing for COVID-19. 

If you are experiencing symptoms and/or you have had contact with someone who has tested positive, you should self-quarantine at home until you receive the results. 

Once tested, you’ll be informed via email, text, or phone when your COVID-19 results are available. 

If you test positive, you will be contacted by Public Health staff. You will be asked for the names of people you may have been in close contact with as a part of the contact tracing process.  Please continue to quarantine and follow the Home Isolation Instructions

  • Self-isolate and follow the Home Isolation Instruction Sheet.
  • Do not leave your home, unless you are receiving medical consult or treatment.
  • Please inform anyone you have had close contact with to let them know they have been exposed.

– Close contact is anyone with whom you have spent more than 15 minutes with and were less than 6 ft. of physical distance from.
– Advise them to quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure to you.

If you have a positive lab result you and/or your provider can fax or email the results to the Public Health Departments Disease Control and Prevention Unit:
– Fax: (805) 681-4069
– Email: phddc@sbcphd.org

  • Stay home and isolate if you are experiencing symptoms and/or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19
  • Practice physical distancing and wear a face covering in public settings if you are not experiencing symptoms and have not been exposed to someone with COVID-19

Contact tracing is a simple concept that is vital to stopping the spread of COVID-19.  Contact tracing saves lives by helping identify individuals with COVID-19 earlier, thereby reducing the chance they will spread COVID-19 to others. Contacts are provided with information to understand their risk, what symptoms to watch for, and instructed to self-isolate until 14 days after their last exposure to the confirmed case.

Yes.  If you or someone you know is contacted by health authorities, please follow their advice.  Working together and using tools like contact tracing, we will more quickly prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Online Testing Event Registration for Residents: https://lhi.care/covidtesting
  • Phone-Based Testing Event Registration for Residents (for residents without internet access only): (888) 634-1123