Welcome to the Color COVID-19
Testing Program, in partnership
with the California Department
of Public Health

Program Overview

We are excited to help you set up your testing program to keep your community safe.
Once you have signed up, we will send you emails to begin onboarding. Here’s an overview
of how you’ll run your program.

Onboarding & Site Setup


These pages detail the steps and decisions necessary to complete onboarding and set up your testing programs.

Identify your testing team

It takes a team to run an effective testing program, and we recommend
selecting people from across your organization for the roles below.

Program Director
Site Lead
Testing Administrator

Program Director

Responsible for identifying collection sites and the site lead for each collection site.

Color Access

  • Staff management “site manager” role, to manage team member access sample collection
  • Results dashboards for all sites
  • Access management, to edit team member access to dashboards

Site Lead

Responsible for all testing at a collection site and setting up at-home testing. They identify testing administrators, distribute testing supplies.

All testing administrators complete training, performing the necessary antigen test kit qualification, and maintaining quality control logs.

Color Access

  • Staff management “site manager” role, to manage team member access to sample collection
  • Results dashboard for their site
  • Access management, to edit team member access to dashboards

Testing Administrator

Testing administrators set up testing stations and oversee sample collection. They’ll use Color to record which participants provide samples. At least one testing administrator should be selected for each testing station.

Testing administrators at monitored antigen testing sites are required to complete Color’s antigen testing training program.

Color Access

  • Staff management “site staff” role


Participants are the individuals who register, consent, and provide samples for testing. For participants under 12 years of age, a parent or guardian must register and provide consent on their behalf. Participants may test at your testing site or at home, depending on your program.

How to create a Color account

If you need a Color account, please contact your organization lead. If you haven’t received a confirmation email, check your spam folder.

Store unused test kits

The recommended storage temperature for antigen kits is between 35.6 and 86° F.

Please note: Kits may not be transferred to a different site or used for any purpose other than for sample collection. For safety reasons and to ensure specimen samples are not contaminated or damaged and results are accurate, unused kits may not be returned once they are delivered to a collection site. Unused collection kits must be destroyed when the testing program ends. There are specific expiration dates listed on components of the kits. Please destroy any unused, expired antigen kits by placing them in the regular trash.


All Color monitored antigen tests are Rx only and therefore are physician ordered.
All test results are released to the ordering physician as part of the reporting workflow.