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Thank you for getting tested with the County of Santa Clara. For your future testing needs, you may also contact your healthcare provider who is required to provide you with a test if you are symptomatic, exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case, or required or recommended to get tested under State or County public health guidance. For more information on your right to get tested by your healthcare provider please see: Patient Testing Notice.
 
Please use the following link to file a complaint if your provider refuses to give you a test.

    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 2-5 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-19and 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 90 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.

     

    Your Testing Rights: 

    You have a right to be tested by your Provider, for more information please see the Updated Public Health Testing Order here. This requires Providers to test people who have symptoms, were exposed to someone who tested positive, are referred by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department to their healthcare provider for COVID-19 testing, and are essential workers (including teachers, healthcare workers, grocery store clerks, and workers in agriculture or food manufacturing).

    Testing Frequently Asked Questions

     

    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 had close contact with someone with COVID-19, you may need to quarantine. (Click here for Home Quarantine instructions for close contacts)
    • 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 Valley Connection Line at 1-888-334-1000

     

    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.

    Ordering FREE at-home test kits

    Order free at-home tests from the federal government for delivery to your door. No credit card, insurance, identification, or proof of residency required. Orders usually ship in 7-12 days. Test brand may vary.

    Order Free At-Home Test 

     

    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
    Friday 4/29 and Saturday 4/30: 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

    Effective 5/3:
    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 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.

     

    Negative Test Result:

    If you test negative, 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 test, 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 or Quarantine

    You can use these rapid antigen tests to leave isolation or quarantine after the end of 5 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.

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