Who is eligible for coronavirus testing in Los Angeles?
LOS ANGELES - Due to the limited availability of coronavirus testing kits, the city of Los Angeles is only offering testing to residents who are most at risk of contracting COVID-19, it was announced Monday.
At this time, the only individuals in LA that are eligible for testing include those with symptoms who are 65 and older; those with symptoms who have underlying chronic health conditions; and those who are subject to a mandatory 14 day quarantine period due to confirmed exposure to COVID-19.
"Please help spread the word so we can deliver much-needed tests to as many vulnerable Angelenos as possible," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a post on Twitter.
It was not immediately clear how many tests the city has at its disposal.
The city has also created an online portal for residents to find out if they're eligible for coronavirus testing.
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Coronavirus testing in the United States has faced numerous setbacks and a series of delays, including flaws with the testing kits first distributed by the federal government and bureaucratic hurdles that held up testing by private labs at hospitals, universities and testing chains.
Residents are advised to monitor their symptoms and follow protocol outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms of the virus include fever, coughing and shortness of breath. If your symptoms drastically worsen and you require immediate medical attention due to difficulty breathing, call 911 immediately.
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