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Long Beach Post lbpost.com 14 Jan, 2022 22:45 am

Free tests? As COVID surges, rapid results cost up to $300 • Long Beach Post News

Free tests? As COVID surges, rapid results cost up to $300 • Long Beach Post News

State and local testing sites offer free COVID-19 tests but they are swamped, forcing people to seek private pop-up clinics.Those who can’t afford to pay will often have to wait hours in line at free local and state testing sites and then sometimes wait days for the lab results.Some pop-up testing sites charge upfront, creating confusion as to why, since testing is supposed to be free.The health department urges residents to look for verified testing sites on its website where there are no out-of-pocket costs, regardless of their insurance situation.

7 billion COVID relief package that includes dollars to increase capacity, staffing and hours at testing sites, as well as expand the number of COVID-19 antigen tests being sent to local health departments, community clinics and county offices of education and schools.Testing sites are likely to be in high demand for several more weeks, especially as at-home test kits are still hard to come by.

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