COVID-19 Testing: Simplified Testing Through Saliva Collection

February 13, 2021  

Now Offered at Pop-up Santa Clara County Sites 
Testing opportunities will be available this week in San José, Gilroy, Mountain View, Cupertino, Campbell and Los Gatos  

Santa Clara County, CA – The County’s COVID-19 pop-up testing sites in Santa Clara County will be switching to testing via saliva specimen. Emmanuel Baptist Church in San José successfully piloted the option this week and South County Annex in Gilroy will start on February 17. Both are walk-in sites for residents who do not have symptoms.  

Saliva collection simplifies the logistics of COVID-19 testing and is less invasive, providing a faster and easier experience for residents. It should be noted that you cannot eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum thirty minutes before saliva collection for accurate results. As with all testing sites, there is always a staff member available to provide assistance as needed. 

“This is another example of how we continue to find ways to improve our testing processes and make it more accessible for our community,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Officer for the County of Santa Clara. “Our goal is to make testing as easy and as safe as possible for our residents. If you are an essential worker or are at risk for exposure, come get tested regularly.”  

Even as vaccinations ramp up across Santa Clara County, public health officials remind 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, and continued testing even after being vaccinated. 

Appointment-based testing continues seven days a week at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. Rotating appointment-only city sites this upcoming week will be in Mountain View, Cupertino, Campbell, and Los Gatos. 

Appointments can be made starting seven days in advance of the testing date until all slots are reserved at 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.  

MOBILE TESTING BUS SITES — Testing by appointment, but drop-in may be available if space allows. Registration for a patient ID is needed for this mobile bus testing and can be done online at or by phone at 1-888-634-1123. 

San José 

OptumServe Mobile Testing Bus at Costco Business Center, 2376 S. Evergreen Loop, San Jose, 95122 

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

OptumServe Mobile Testing Bus at Andrew Hill High School, 3200 Senter Road, San Jose, 95111 

Sunday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  


OptumServe Mobile Testing Bus at Rosemary Elementary, 401 W. Hamilton Ave., Campbell, 95008 

Saturday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

APPOINTMENT-BASED TESTING SITES — Make an appointment by visiting​ 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. 15, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 16 to Feb. 18, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 19, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20-21, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Mountain View 

Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, 94041 

By appointment only for Tuesday, Feb. 16, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


Cupertino Senior Center, 21251 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, 95014 

By appointment only for Wednesday, Feb. 17, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


Campbell Orchard City Banquet Hall, 1 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell, 95008 

By appointment only for Thursday, Feb. 18, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Los Gatos 

Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center, 208 E. Main St., Los Gatos, 95030 

By appointment only for Friday, Feb. 19, 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. 16 – Feb. 19, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 


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

Tuesday to Friday, Feb. 16 – Feb. 19, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

The County test sites provide COVID-19 tests free of charge, regardless of immigration status, and no doctor’s note is needed. 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.  

All healthcare systems 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. For more information on testing rights, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.   

All test sites are mapped on the County’s website at The site is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Tagalog. Information is also available by calling 2-1-1.  

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