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Shasta County's Response to Local Emergencies

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Get Tested

Testing is available for people with and without symptoms. If you have symptoms and/or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, please follow the isolation/quarantine instructions until you can be tested and receive test results.

Do not go to a hospital emergency room to get tested unless you are having a medical emergency, and call ahead if possible.

 

*NEW* - Get FREE At-Home Test Kits in the Mail

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order eight free at-home COVID-19 test kits. People are encouraged to order now so you have them on hand when you need them.

Tests are free and usually ship within 7 - 12 days of ordering.

Call (800) 232- 0233, or visit www.covidtests.gov, to order.

Tests are provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Postal Service.

Get 4 free at home test kits in the mail

*NEW* - Get At-Home Test Kits by your Health plan

Health plans must cover up to 8 individual at-home over the counter COVID-19 tests per person enrolled in the plan per month. Starting January 15, most people with a health plan can go online, or to a pharmacy or store to purchase an at-home over the counter COVID-19 diagnostic test authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at no cost, either through reimbursement or free of charge through their insurance.

The test will either be free directly at the point of sale, if your health plan provides for direct coverage, or by reimbursement if you are charged for your test. Be sure to keep your receipt if you need to submit a claim to your insurance company for reimbursement. If your plan has set up a network of preferred providers at which you can obtain a test with no out-of-pocket expense, you can still obtain tests from other retailers outside that network. Insurance companies are required to reimburse you at a rate of up to $12 per individual test (or the cost of the test, if less than $12).

For more information click here.  

Instructions for Home-Test Kits

Understanding your at-home COVID-19 test results:

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COVID-19 Testing Sites in Shasta County

Many locations are offering no-cost testing but may ask for your insurance information.

If you learn that the information for a clinic is different than what is posted, please contact us at COVID19@co.shasta.ca.us.

Below is a list of Testing Sites. Click the "+" to get a list of testing options for the category. If you are on a smartphone and can't see all the details, rotate your phone to landscape.

Testing Site Location When & Who Can Sign Up 

Payment

How to Make an Appointment Test Type Estimated Turnaround Time  Contact Information Information Last Updated
LHI 2420 Breslauer Way, Redding Everyone, by appointment; Symptomatic and Non-Symptomatic Insurance, no cost

Schedule Online

Closed:

Columbus Day, 10/11

Veteran’s Day, 11/11

Thanksgiving Day, 11/25

Christmas Day, 12/25


PCR 2-4 days https://lhi.care/covidtesting 10/1/2021

Testing Site Location  When & Who Can Get Tested 

Cost

How to Make an Appointment Test Type   Estimated Turnaround Time Contact Information Information Last Updated
 AndersonRx  2940 East St., Anderson Everyone

Best to have appointment.

Drive up welcome w/out appt.

Walk-In for travel (no symptoms) w/out appt.

Cash pay Call for appointment or schedule online soon (under construction)

 PCR

Antigen

 30 mins.

15 mins.

Go to website (under construction or call (530) 378-5566  12/01/21
Rite Aid
  • 1801 Eureka Way, Redding
  • 975 E. Cypress, Redding
  • 5350 Shasta Dam Blvd., Shasta Lake City
  • 9340 Deschutes Rd., Palo Cedro
  • 3095 McMurry Dr., Anderson
Everyone, by drive up appointment  Insurance, no cost  Schedule Online PCR 2-4 days Go to website 8/23/2021 
Walgreens
  • 980 E. Cypress, Redding
  • 1775 Eureka Way, Redding
  • 115 Lake Blvd., Redding
Everyone by drive up appointment Insurance, no cost
Schedule online PCR  1-2 days Go to website 8/23/2021

Testing Site Location When & Who Can Get Tested

Cost

How to Make an Appointment Test Type Estimated Turnaround Time Contact Information Information Last Updated
Lab 24 475 Knollcrest Dr., Redding Everyone Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Insurance, for PCR test 
  • $100 for Antibody test
Walk-in PCR and Antibody
  • 48 hours for PCR test
  • 15 minutes for Antibody test
1-877-319-7222
 
8/23/2021
COVID Clinic 1055 Dana Dr., Redding Everyone, Monday-Saturday from 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday from 8 p.m. - 4 p.m. Insurance, $129-299
Schedule online Antigen/PCR 1-2 days Go to website 8/23/2021

Testing Brand Location When & Who Can Get Tested Cost How to Get the Self-Test Test Type  Estimated Turnaround Time Contact Information  Information Last Updated
BinaxNOW At home, order in store at CVS Pharmacy Everyone, through self-test Cost varies Order in store at CVS Pharmacy Antigen 15 minutes Go to website 8/23/2021
Shasta Library 1100 Parkview Ave, Redding, CA 96001; 3200 W Center St, Anderson, CA 96007; 37116 Main St, Burney, CA 96013 Everyone, through self-test FREE Order in store at CVS Pharmacy Antigen 15 minutes Go to website 5/18/2022
Ellume At home, order online Everyone, through self-test Cost varies
Order Online Antigen 15 minutes  Go to website 8/23/2021
Pixel At home, order online Everyone, through self-collection Cost varies Order Online PCR 1-2 days Go to website 8/23/2021
AZOVA At home, order online Everyone, through self-collection Cost varies
Order Online PCR 1-2 days Go to website 8/23/2021 
Lucira At home, order online Everyone, through self-test Cost varies Order Online PCR 30 minutes Go to website 8/23/2021

Testing Site Location When & Who Can Get Tested

Cost

How to Make an Appointment  Test Type Estimated Turnaround Time Contact Information Information Last Updated
Hill Country Health and Wellness 29632 Hwy. 299 E., Round Mountain Symptomatic Patients, Monday-Friday  Insurance, cash payment Call for appointment Antigen/PCR 2-3 days 530-337-5750  8/25/2021
Redding VA Outpatient Clinic 351 Hartnell Dr., Redding Veterans and staff, Monday - Friday N/A
Walk-in Antigen/PCR 3-5 days 530-226-7555 8/23/2021

Testing Site Location  When & Who Can Get Tested

Cost

How to Make an Appointment  Test Type Estimated Turnaround Time Contact Information Last Updated
Shingletown Medical Center 31292 Alpine Meadows Rd., Shingletown Everyone, Monday - Friday  Insurance Call the clinic Antigen and PCR  1-3 days 530-474-3390  8/25/2021
Mountain Valleys Health Center 37497 Enterprise Dr., Burney Everyone, Monday - Friday from 2 - 4 p.m. Insurance, cash payment
Call the clinic PCR 3-7 days 530-999-9020 8/25/2021

Mayers Memorial Hospital

43563 Hwy. 299 E., Fall River Mills All eligible populations  Insurance Walk-in PCR 2-3 days 530-336-5511 8/23/2021

About Testing Types

All three testing types--PCR, Antigen and Antibody--are available in Shasta County. Learn more about each type with this helpful handout from CDPH.

When deciding on a testing type, please keep in mind:Swabs Safety flyer

  • PCR/Molecular Tests amplify and then detect specific fragments of viral RNA. Molecular/PCR test result can take from hours to up to one week to receive results. Point-of-care (POC) molecular test is also available and can produce results in 15 minutes but may have lower sensitivity (might not detect all active infections) compared with laboratory-based PCR tests. A positive PCR test should not be repeated within 90 days, because people may continue to have detectable RNA after risk of transmission has passed.

  • Antigen Test: Antigen test uses a nasal swab. Antigen test works by detecting specific proteins on the surface of the virus. Antigen test results are available in less than 30 minutes. If a person who has tested positive in the previous 90 days develops new symptoms of COVID-19, it is recommended to do an antigen test, not a PCR.

  • Antibody or serology Tests look for antibodies in your blood that fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Antibody tests should generally not be used to diagnose a current infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. An antibody test may not show if you have a current infection because it can take 1 to 3 weeks after the infection for your body to make antibodies. Antibody testing is not currently recommended to determine if you are immune to COVID-19 following COVID-19 vaccination. Antibody testing should also not be used to decide if someone needs to be vaccinated.

Misinformation has been circulated online about swabs used in test kits, which is addressed in this Swab Safety flyer, shown at right. Swabs sterilized with ethylene oxide do not present a health risk, even when used twice weekly.

Testing Guidance

We have created a new COVID-19 testing Guidance that makes it easier for you to obtain up-to-date information directly from the source for guidance and pertinent documents. Any organization/person that does COVID-19 testing will find relevant information in this Guidance.  

 


testing guidance

Should I get tested?

Testing is an important surveillance tool that helps public health know how the disease is spreading in our community. Test results should just take a few days to come back. If you don't have symptoms and are not a close contact of a person who has tested positive, there's no need to self-quarantine while awaiting results.

What happens when someone tests positive, and what's the difference between isolation and quarantine?

This page provides an overview of isolation and quarantine and explains what to do in either situation.

Could my test return a false positive?

In Shasta County, tests most commonly used to confirm COVID-19 are molecular (PCR) tests. Data published by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for PCR tests show that false positives and false negatives are unlikely to occur with this type of test, especially false positives. However, it is possible that false negatives may occur if the person is very early in their illness, or if the sample collected from the person was not adequate.

Will the flu shot or a cold make me test positive for COVID-19?

No. The PCR tests that are used in all confirmed COVID-19 cases in Shasta County only identify COVID-19. Flu shots do not contain the virus that causes COVID-19. You will not test positive for COVID-19 if you have the flu, a cold or another coronavirus.