New Coronavirus Testing Sites Opening in South LA and Hawthorne

The site is free and available by appointment only

New COVID-19 testing sites are opening in South Los Angeles and Hawthorne, officials announced Tuesday.

Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson said a new site is opening at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, at 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Testing is free and available to all who sign up at

Last week, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that the city of Los Angeles would begin offering free COVID-19 testing to any resident who wants one, regardless of whether they are showing any symptoms.

According to the mayor's office, the city's free testing offer extends to any resident of Los Angeles County, but only at the eight testing locations within the city of Los Angeles. People must make appointments by visiting the city's testing website,

Although anyone can get tested, priority will still be given to people displaying symptoms and to front-line workers such as health care professionals and first responders.

Los Angeles County as a whole has not changed its policy that authorizes testing only for people who are displaying symptoms of the illness.

A new site is also scheduled to open in Hawthorne on Wednesday, at the Betty Ainsworth Sports Center located at 3851 W. El Segundo Blvd., adjacent to the Hawthorne Memorial Center.

"This new testing center is a vital component to reopening Hawthorne, Los Angeles County, and California as outlined by Governor Gavin Newsom's six indicators to modify the Stay at Home order,'' Awad said. "Hawthorne is an ideal location for such a center, and I'm excited to bring COVID-19 testing to our residents who have had limited access until now.''

The site is available to the neighboring communities including Lawndale, Lennox, El Segundo, West Athens and other South Bay cities.

The site is free, and available by appointment only at, or 888-634-1123.

Dozens of testing sites are available in Los Angeles County, and can be viewed at


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