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COVID-19 Testing in Santa Clara County Rises by 1,000 Tests/Day; Testing Opportunities Next Week in San José, Sunnyvale, Morgan Hill, Saratoga, Los Altos Hills and Gilroy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 6, 2020

Santa Clara County, CA – Health officials urge anyone seeking a test to take advantage of one of the many available testing options through the County and various healthcare providers.

The number of tests being administered has grown by about 1,000 per day in the past two weeks to up to 9,000 tests per day. Cumulative tests recently passed the million mark. This level of testing has helped the health of the community and al lowed the county to move into less restrictive tiers.

"Testing is even more important as we see increased rates of infection happening across the country, and to a lesser degree here at home," said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, COVID-19 Testing Officer for the County of Santa Clara. "We continue to encourage anyone who wants to get a COVID-19 test to go to any public testing site or call their health care provider if they fit into a category that must be granted free testing on demand."

Next week, appointment-only testing will be conducted at sites in Sunnyvale, Morgan Hill, Saratoga, Los Altos Hills and Santa Clara. Appointments can be made starting seven days in advance of the testing date until all slots are reserved at www.sccfreetest.org. Appointment-based testing is also available in San José at the Fairgrounds, with appointments now available five days in advance. Testing will be available at the Fairgrounds on Veterans Day, however, there will not be a city-based testing site operating on the holiday.

APPOINTMENT-BASED TESTING SITES—make an appointment by visiting www.sccfreetest.org and clicking on “Schedule an Appointment Today”

Text message results are available at appointment-based County of Santa Clara testing facilities.

San José

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Parking Lot A (across from the blue arch) - Drive-through, bike, and walk-up appointments

Across the street from the Fairgrounds main entrance, 344 Tully Road, San José, CA 95111

Appointments Tuesday-Friday, Nov. 10 – Nov. 13, 11:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunnyvale

Murphy Park, 260 N. Sunnyvale Ave., Sunnyvale, 94086

By appointment only for Monday, Nov. 9, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Morgan Hill

Morgan Hill Council Chamber Building, 17555 Peak Ave., Morgan Hill, CA 95037

By appointment only for Tuesday, Nov. 10, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saratoga

Saratoga Friendship Hall, 19848 Prospect Road, Saratoga, 95070

By appointment only for Thursday, Nov. 12, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Santa Clara

Santa Clara Central Park Library, 2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, CA 95051

By appointment only for Thursday, Nov. 12, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Los Altos Hills

Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Blvd., Los Altos Hills

By appointment only for Friday, Nov. 13, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

POP-UP TESTING SITES – No appointments needed and only for people without symptoms. Testing will be available on Veterans Day.

San José

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 467 N. White Road, San Jose, 95127

Tuesday to Friday, Nov. 10 – Nov. 13, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Gilroy

South County Annex (formerly Del Buono Elementary) – 9300 Wren Avenue, Gilroy, 95020

Tuesday to Friday, Nov. 10 – Nov. 13, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The County test sites provide COVID-19 tests free of charge, regardless of immigration status, and no doctor’s note is needed. At some County test sites, people with insurance may be asked to provide their insurance information, so that payment from the insurance company can be collected. However, patients won’t be billed for any co-pay, deductible, or any other cost for testing. Those without health insurance or those who do not provide insurance information can still get a test at those sites.

For people without COVID-19 symptoms, the County currently offers indoor and drive-through sites. People with symptoms are directed to drive-through sites to reduce the chance of getting others sick.

The County of Santa Clara continues to remind those with healthcare coverage that systems such as Kaiser Permanente, Sutter/Palo Alto Medical Foundation and others are required by County order to offer free testing to symptomatic persons, persons who have been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case, and all “essential workers.” Examples of “essential workers” include teachers, healthcare workers, grocery store clerks, and persons who work in agriculture or food manufacturing. For more information on testing rights, see our Frequently Asked Questions page. The County also collects and publishes data on testing by large healthcare systems: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/dashboard-testing.aspx#hstesting.

County test sites and additional sites operated by other organizations are mapped on the County’s website at www.sccfreetest.org. The site is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Tagalog. Information is also available by calling 2-1-1.

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Last updated: 11/23/2020 4:34 PM