Frontline Workers Encouraged to Continue Frequent Testing for COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 5, 2021

Testing opportunities will be available this week in San José, Gilroy, Sunnyvale, Morgan Hill, Santa Clara, Saratoga, and Milpitas

Santa Clara County, CA – Even as vaccinations ramp up across Santa Clara County, public health officials are reminding frontline workers to continue routine COVID-19 testing to protect themselves and others in the community. Current public health guidance recommends testing at least once a month and up to once every two weeks.

“As a community, we are extremely grateful for our frontline workers who put themselves at risk to keep essential services available and running in our county,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Officer for the County of Santa Clara. “That is why we are reminding them to continue getting tested regularly to protect themselves and their loved ones, even if they have been vaccinated.”

There are many opportunities to get tested in Santa Clara County. Appointment-based testing continues seven days a week at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, along with standing walk-in sites in San José and Gilroy. Rotating appointment-only city sites this upcoming week will be in Sunnyvale, Morgan Hill, Santa Clara, Saratoga, and Milpitas.

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 is free at all these sites. Appointments are essential for reserving a testing slot.

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 and an influenza test is included.

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

Appointment hours: Monday, Feb. 8, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 9 to Feb. 11, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 12, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13-14, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Sunnyvale

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

By appointment only for Monday, Feb. 8, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Morgan Hill

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

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

Santa Clara

Santa Clara Central Park Library, 2635 Homestead Rd., Santa Clara, 95051

By appointment only for Wednesday, Feb. 10, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saratoga

Saratoga Friendship Hall, 19848 Prospect Rd., Saratoga, 95070

By appointment only for Thursday, Feb. 11, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Milpitas

Milpitas Sports Center, 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas, 95035

By appointment only for Friday, Feb. 12, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

POP-UP TESTING SITES – No appointments needed and only for people without symptoms.

San José

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

Tuesday to Friday, Feb. 9 – Feb. 12, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Gilroy

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

Monday to Friday, Feb. 8 – Feb. 12, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The County would like to remind people that hospital emergency departments are not the appropriate venue for a COVID-19 test when symptoms are not present and there is no emergency medical issue. Emergency Departments are for people who need emergency care and are currently very busy caring for patients with urgent medical needs.

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.

For those with healthcare coverage, 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 “frontline workers.” Examples of “frontline 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:   www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/dashboard-testing.aspx#hstesting.

All test sites 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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