FREE COVID-19 Testing Sites

County-operated mass testing sites will be closing in February 2023.

San Jose (Fairgrounds)Closing 2/24/23
San MartinClosing 2/25/23

Book an appointment today to get tested before County mass testing sites close.


Get Tested or Test at Home

Contact a Provider
Information about providers and pharmacies offering testing.

Find Other Testing Sites
Find PCR and antigen testing sites near you.

Get a Free At-Home Test
Pick one up locally.

Drop-in Testing Sites

    Costco Business Center
    2376 S. Evergreen Loop, San Jose, CA 95122
    Tuesday, Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
    Ends February 3, 2023

    Story Road Hub
    1775 Story Road, Suite 120, San Jose, CA 95122
    Tuesday, Thursday: 10:00 2:00 p.m.
    *Rapid antigen testing only

    San Ysidro Community Center
    San Ysidro Park, 7700 Murray Ave., Gilroy, CA 95020
    Wednesday: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday: 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

    *Rapid antigen testing only



    Thank you for getting tested with the County of Santa Clara. For your future testing needs, you may also contact your healthcare provider. If you do not have a healthcare provider, you may call the Valley Connection Line at (888) 334-1000.

      You should get a COVID-19 test if:

      • You have new symptoms such as fatigue, headache, body/muscle aches, cough, fever, sore throat, and/or congestion.
      • You have symptoms and are at high risk for severe illness because of other medical conditions, age, or have a compromised immune system. You may qualify for treatment to reduce your risk of severe illness.


      Consider getting tested if:

      • You had a known exposure to someone with COVID 3-5 days ago, especially if you are unvaccinated.


      Given how extremely contagious the Omicron variant is, if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and cannot get tested:

      • Assume you have COVID-19 and follow isolation guidelines.
      • If members of your household are having similar symptoms, and at least one of them tests positive for COVID-19, you can probably assume that all members have COVID-19.


      Do not get a PCR test if:

      • You’ve tested positive in the last 30 days.
      • You have already tested positive with a rapid home test.
      • You need a negative test to end isolation early (for that, use a rapid home/antigen test).

      Please do not come to the Emergency Room if you ONLY need a COVID-19 test.


      Testing is a Critical Tool in the Fight Against COVID-19

      Widespread testing provides a more accurate picture of how many cases exist in our community and helps us understand how and where the virus is spreading. Testing helps identify people without symptoms who could be spreading COVID-19 so that they can stay away from work and public places until their infectious period is over. While turnaround times are 1-3 days on average, we cannot guarantee, prioritize or otherwise expedite result for travel or other purposes. We also cannot guarantee that your report will meet all requirements for domestic or international travel.


      Cost of Testing

      There is no up-front cost for testing. At many testing sites, you do not need medical insurance to get tested, however, if you have health insurance, you will be asked you to share that information. You are getting tested through your health care provider, a co-pay may be charged for your visit, but you will have no out-of-pocket expense for the COVID-19 test itself.


      Getting Tested

      You do not need a doctor’s referral or note to be tested. Sites offer accessible services for people with disabilities and those with other access or functional needs. When you arrive, if you need an accommodation, alert the staff on site.


      While You're Awaiting Results

      • Take steps to help prevent spread, including staying home, practicing physical distancing, wearing a cloth face covering, washing hands frequently, and regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces.
      • If you are sick, isolate at home until you get your results AND feel better. (Click here for Self-Isolation instructions)
      • Get medical help right away if you start feeling sicker, especially if you have trouble breathing, persistent chest pain, begin to feel confused, cannot stay awake, or develop bluish lips or face.
      • Call your health provider if your symptoms do not get better in a few days. Tell them you got tested for COVID-19. If you do not have a healthcare provider, call the County's Patient Access Department at 1 (866) 967-4677.


      California Department of Public Health: COVID-19 Testing Sites in California

      The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) publishes comprehensive resources on accessing testing services. This includes a map tool to locate free or low cost testing at participating COVID-19 testing sites in California. To locate a testing site near you, please visit the CDPH Testing Webpage.

      Picking up test kits at the Better Health Pharmacy

      Test kits are available free of charge at the Better Health Pharmacy. No identification or insurance required. Limit two test kits per person.  

      Better Health Pharmacy
      725 E Santa Clara St, #202, San Jose, CA 95112
      Tuesday-Friday 10:30am-7:00pm
      Saturday 8:30am-5:00pm


      About Rapid Self Antigen Tests

      Rapid antigen self-tests may be used if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed or potentially exposed to an individual with COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status.

      Even if you don’t have symptoms and have not been exposed to an individual with COVID-19, using a self-test before gathering indoors with others who are not in your household can give you information about the risk of spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.


      When to Use Rapid Self Antigen Test:

      You should get tested right away if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19, including fatigue, headache, muscle/body aches, fever, cough, sore/scratchy throat, congestion, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea—even if you think it may only be a cold or allergies.

      You should also get tested if you are exposed to COVID-19. Get tested 3-5 days after your last exposure to someone who has COVID-19. For more information, visit COVID-19 Guidelines for the General Public.


      Negative Test Result:

      If you test negative and have symptoms of COVID-19, consider testing again the next day, especially if your symptoms do not go away. Repeating the test within a few days, with at least 24 hours between tests, will increase the confidence that you are not infected.


      Positive Test Result:

      If you test positive, you have COVID-19 and should isolate from others and follow the isolation guidelines, wear a well fitted mask if you have contact with others, and avoid indoor gatherings.  Do not get an additional PCR test.

      People who are at higher risk for developing severe illness from COVID-19 because of other medical conditions, older age, or having a compromised immune system, it is especially important to get tested. If you test positive, you may qualify for early treatment to reduce your risk of severe illness.


      End Isolation

      You can use these rapid antigen tests to leave isolation after 5 full days if you test negative and are feeling well.


      How to Use a Self-Test

      Read the complete manufacturer’s instructions for use before using a test. Talk to a healthcare provider if you have questions about the test or your results.

      Below is an example for one type of antigen test.

      Facts About COVID-19 Treatment 

      Several COVID-19 treatment options are available in the United States. If you become ill, a health care provider may decide you are eligible for a COVID-19 treatment if you are at high risk of developing serious illness from COVID-19 and recently tested positive and have mild or moderate symptoms. Do not delay seeking treatment for COVID-19, as it works best when given as soon as possible after testing positive or being exposed to COVID-19. 

      Additionally, if you are immunocompromised or cannot get a COVID-19 vaccine due to a prior severe adverse reaction to the vaccine, you may be eligible for a preventative treatment that will reduce your chances of becoming infected with COVID-19. 

      Only take treatments prescribed by a health care provider. People have been seriously harmed and even died after taking products not authorized for COVID-19, even products approved or prescribed for other uses. 

      For more facts about COVID-19 treatment and treatment options, visit CDPH’s COVID-19 Treatment Website.  


      How to Access COVID-19 Treatment 

      According to California Department of Public Health, COVID-19 treatments work best when taken soon after symptoms begin. Here is how to access outpatient COVID-19 treatments if you have symptoms: 

      1. Get tested right after you notice symptoms and talk to your health care provider if you test positive to learn if you qualify for a COVID-19 treatment. 
      2. If you do not have a health care provider or are not able to be rapidly evaluated by your healthcare provider, visit a Test to Treat location to get rapid testing and find out if you are eligible for treatments. 
      3. If you do not have insurance, visit an OptumServe location*. 

      *Services provided at OptumServe Test to Treat sites are free, including for those who are uninsured. 

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