LAUSD’s COVID-19 testing sites have turned away symptomatic people — but that could change next week

On the other hand, Scott Bartell, an epidemiologist and professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine, said LAUSD does have reason to be cautious: “Testing logistics are complicated, so perhaps this decision is aimed at ensuring that safety.” “Yes, it is more important for symptomatic individuals to get tested,” Bartell said in an email, “but also that the test conditions themselves don’t spread the illness.”