COVID Update: Scripps provides COVID-19 tests only for patients with moderate to severe symptoms, and at-risk patients with mild symptoms. Read our FAQs.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

How do I get tested for COVID-19?

Scripps is prioritizing testing for three groups:


  1. People with moderate to severe symptoms of COVID-19
  2. Higher risk individuals (e.g., health care workers, older adults and patients with compromised immune systems or chronic medical conditions) with mild symptoms
  3. Pediatric patients who have mild COVID-19 symptoms for more than 72 hours


If you do feel you need a COVID test, it is recommended that you first visit the MyScripps online patient portal and answer the COVID-19 symptom checker questions. This will lead to appointment scheduling if indicated. You can also call our COVID nurse line at 888-261-8431, but please know that wait times may exceed an hour or more due to a significant increase in call volume. Symptom Checker is a far better option for making a testing appointment than waiting on a busy phone line for assistance.


Testing at Scripps is by appointment only and we are not able to accommodate walk-ins. Please do not go to the emergency departments or urgent care centers if you have only mild symptoms or are only seeking a COVID test. This only results in longer wait times and delays in providing care to those who need it most. 


Due to high demand for symptomatic testing, we are unable to test those with no symptoms or who have concerns they may have been exposed to COVID-19. We apologize for any inconvenience and encourage you to explore testing options with the County of San Diego by calling 2-1-1 or make an appointment online at coronavirus-sd.com/testing. For State of California testing locations and eligibility, call 888-634-1123 from 7 am - 7 pm, Monday - Friday, or visit lhi.care/covidtesting.

Is Scripps testing for coronavirus antibodies? 

There is still much uncertainty about the value and use of testing for antibodies related to the new coronavirus. Scripps Health currently is offering antibody testing in very limited circumstances. Antibody testing requires an order from a physician. Patients with questions about antibody testing should contact their doctor. For more information about antibody testing, visit the CDC website

What should I do if I believe I may have been infected with coronavirus?

If you do test positive for COVID using an at-home test, you should isolate, even if you don’t have symptoms. If you may have been exposed to the virus and may or may not have been infected, you should quarantine. We recommend following the CDC guidelines for quarantine and isolation


For those who are not tested or are awaiting the results of their COVID-19 test, the CDC offers guidance on what to do if you are sick.

When should I seek medical attention for coronavirus symptoms?

If you develop any of the following symptoms of COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:


  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion 
  • Inability to get up
  • Bluish lips or face


*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.


Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the operator that you have or think you might have COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering that covers your nose and mouth to protect other people.

Can I get monoclonal antibody treatment?

Scripps has an extremely limited supply of monoclonal antibodies. Those who receive monoclonal antibody therapy must meet strict criteria and priority levels. Please do not contact your physician to request this treatment.

Can I get a prescription for one of the new antiviral pills?

The FDA has granted Emergency Use Authorizations to Pfizer’s antiviral pill, Paxlovid, and to Merck’s antiviral pill, molupiravir, for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19. Both of these medications are allocated by the government to select retail pharmacies in very limited quantities and must also be prescribed by a physician. Scripps physicians will determine when a prescription is indicated for their patients.