FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2020
While County of Santa Clara sites are open to all, those with health insurance who meet criteria can also sign up
for testing through their healthcare provider
Santa Clara County, CA – The County of Santa Clara will offer COVID-19 diagnostic testing
next week at additional locations in San Jose and Gilroy. Those seeking a test are encouraged to arrive early; the
popular sites use a wristband system in which people are assigned a testing time later in the day, and all slots are
often claimed within hours of availability.
The County pop-up COVID-19 testing venues run by Valley
Medical Center have been wildly popular – in just the month of July, over 42,000 people were tested at the sites,
which move from place to place within the county with emphasis on areas that have been hit the hardest.
For those with health insurance, the County sites are not the only available opportunity to get a fast and free
COVID-19 test. All healthcare providers are required by County order to offer free testing to members who:
- Have COVID-19 symptoms, including but not limited to cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever,
chills, fatigue, aches, headache, sore throat or loss of smell or taste.
- Have had close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19.
- Are at higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 because they work in frontline settings (including first responders,
food service workers, delivery workers, public transportation operators and grocery store clerks), regularly
ride mass transit or have recently attended a mass gathering.
Healthcare providers covered by the order include all acute care hospitals, and all clinics and urgent care
facilities operated by organizations that run an acute care hospital in the county or elsewhere. Clinics and
hospitals included are those operated by: Kaiser Permanente, Sutter/Palo Alto Medical Foundation, El Camino
Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Regional Medical Center, and Stanford Healthcare as well as County
“We encourage anyone who meets the criteria to get tested through their healthcare
provider,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, COVID-19 Testing Officer for the County of Santa Clara. “It is a mandate for
hospitals and their associated clinics to provide these opportunities for their patients, and that in turn lessens
the burden at the County sites that provide the lion’s share of testing.”
Those seeking a test can check
in at any of the pop-up sites and receive a wristband for an hour long time slot later in the day; they then can
leave and return at the designated time to get tested. This significantly reduces the amount of time that must be
spent on site. However, the supply of wristbands depends on the number of available tests and are only available as
supplies last. The County advises those interested in a test at a pop-up site to go earlier in the day rather than
later to pick up a wristband. When the wristbands run out, people will be directed to other testing options
The walk-up testing sites provide COVID-19 viral detection tests free of charge without an
appointment, symptoms, insurance, or a doctor’s note, and regardless of immigration status. Locations may change
each week based on assessment of testing needs.
POP-UP TESTING SITES NEXT WEEK IN SAN JOSE AND
No appointments are needed for a free and easy nasal swab test at either of these pop-up
San Antonio Elementary School, Gymnasium – 1721 E. San Antonio St., San Jose,
Tuesday to Friday, Aug. 4-7, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
South County Annex (formerly Del Buono Elementary) – 9300 Wren Avenue,
Tuesday to Friday, Aug. 4-7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Testing can identify
COVID-19 before a person feels unwell or before they spread it to another individual with potentially deadly
consequences. Testing is encouraged for asymptomatic individuals who came in contact with someone with COVID-19, as
well as anyone who works on the frontlines in construction, supermarkets, restaurants or who regularly ride public
transit. Individuals who have recently attended a gathering, party, or large family function where masks or social
distancing may not have been observed are also encouraged to get tested.
There are currently more than
50 COVID-19 test locations in Santa Clara County, including those at community centers and schools, hospitals and
clinics, and mobile testing
centers. Summary data are published on the County’s COVID-19 Testing
The tests offered are viral detection tests, which diagnose a person who currently
has the infection. Read more about the difference between viral
detection tests and serology tests.
Take a video tour of a pop-up testing site to know what to expect.
experiencing symptoms or who have come into close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, the
Public Health Department strongly recommends getting tested by calling a doctor or scheduling an appointment through
one of the community-based drive-through sites.
County test sites and additional sites operated by other
organizations are mapped on the County’s website at sccfreetest.org. The site is
available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese and Tagalog. Information is also available by calling
B-roll of a pop-up testing site is available for use by news media:
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