What type of testing would you like to provide?

PCR and other molecular tests

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and other molecular tests offer highly sensitive results within 24-48 hours

Often used as diagnostic testing

Does not require confirmatory test

Sites cannot bill patients or seek reimbursements for testing

Antigen + confirmatory PCR test

Rapid, point-of-care tests with results available within 15-30 minutes

Most useful when conducted in response to a positive case identified to prevent an outbreak, or for repeat-testing a population (2x or more per week) or as a single test at entry into a gathering or congregate setting

Certain test results require confirmatory PCR test

Sites cannot bill patients or seek reimbursements for testing

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Learn more about PCR and antigen testing below

 PCR and other molecular testingAntigen testing
Cost$55/test

Note 1: These tests can be billed to the individual's insurance or entities can choose to be invoiced for the test. Participants will not be balance billed by the state.

Note 2: That the State will cover the cost of processing the PCR tests. The State also covers the cost of transporting samples from California Courier Network (CCN) drop-boxes. Organizations are responsible for all other costs associated with the test site, e.g. staffing, test site logistics, etc.
0/test*

Note: The State is currently covering the cost of the antigen test kits*. Organizations are responsible for all other costs associated with the test site, e.g. staffing, test site logistics, etc.

For confirmatory PCR tests, the cost is $55/test.

Refer to the PCR column of this table for other details on costs
and insurance (Note 1 and Note 2).
Staffing2-3 staff for 150 participants

Key activities include registering and supervising sample
collection
4-6 staff for 100 participants

Key activities include registering, supervising sample collection, reading results, and performing confirmatory PCR or molecular testing when required
TimingUpon receipt of specimens to the lab, tests will be resulted
in 24-48 hours
Turnaround time from collection of specimen to results: 15-30 minutes
Packaging and shipmentPackage and send samples to labs
Can use the state’s California COVID-19 Courier Network (CCN) to transport samples to labs free of charge (from drop-box to labs)
Packaging and shipping not required for antigen tests
For confirmatory PCR or molecular tests, package and ship samples
May be best if youRequire highly sensitive results
Often used as diagnostic testing
Does not require confirmatory test
Prefer rapid (<30 min) results that may require a confirmatory
test (48 hours):
Can be used as pre-entry testing into congregate situation or gathering
Can be used as response testing in an outbreak
Can be used for screening testing performed at least twice weekly
Example scenariosA community center offering testing to a large group of individuals on an as-needed basis,
A church offering testing on occasion to its community,
Diagnostic testing in acute care hospital setting,
Etc.
An employer testing its employees multiple times a week (e.g. food processing plant, manufacturing, etc.),
A skilled nursing facility repeatedly testing residents living in a congregate setting,
Pre-entry into a gathering or congregate setting,
Response testing in an outbreak,
Testing in a homeless shelter,
Etc.

*Pricing is current of 3/1/2021; prices may increase at later date