NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Pets that may have been exposed to the virus are eligible for free COVID-19 testing from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
On August 20, Los Angeles health officials made an announcement about the program, saying it had just secured money to test pets for COVIS-19 for free.
The health department tweeted, “Your pet may be eligible for free SARS-CoV-2 testing if they were exposed to a human or animal with COVID-19 or have signs of COVID-19.”
According to its website, which indicates that the funding is from the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it will “enable surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 in animals in Los Angeles County.”
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Pets that may have been exposed to the virus are eligible for free COVID-19 testing from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
Animals like “deer, bats, raccoonsdogs, cats, hamsters, pocket petsseals” will be tested, according to the department, which expects to provide free testing to animal care institutions and organizations throughout Los Angeles County.
If a pet exhibits coronavirus symptoms or has come in contact with an infected human or animal, the owner may request a free COVID-19 test for the animal.