COVID-19 Testing: County of Santa Clara and Community Partners Bring Testing to Those Hardest Hit by COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 27, 2021

Different testing opportunities will be available this upcoming week in San José, Gilroy, Mountain View, Campbell and Palo Alto

Santa Clara County, CA – The County of Santa Clara’s COVID-19 testing teams are going on site this upcoming week to two community-based organizations, as part of continuing efforts to increase access to testing. Making testing as easy as possible for community members at high risk of exposure is particularly important as the county moved into the Orange Tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy on March 24.

The Day Worker Center of Mountain View and ConXión to Community in San José will host testing sites this upcoming week, offering easy and accessible opportunities for their clients and others who live in communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

According to the Day Worker Center, many individuals in the community cannot work from home, increasing their risk of being exposed to the virus.

“With limited or no access to technology to make appointments, having the opportunity to be tested in a walk-in site that is also near to where they live or work is so important,” said the Day Worker Center in a statement.

“We know vaccinations are a significant part of the pandemic response. However, all is not equal, and testing still needs to be done especially in the Latinx and Native American communities,” said Lori Ramos Chavez, Senior Vice President of ConXión.

Public health officials agree, cautioning that while vaccinations are scaling up, community members should continue to limit their exposure amid the reopening of activities, many of which remain high-risk.

“We are all excited about returning to pre-pandemic life, but we are not quite there yet,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Officer for the County of Santa Clara. “We are in the early stages of vaccination while variants continue to spread through our community. To help keep those infections at a manageable level and to buy us time to get more of our eligible population vaccinated, those who may have been exposed to the virus should continue getting tested regularly.”

Testing remains free, easy, and confidential. It is available seven days a week and there are a number of options for different needs, including appointment or walk-in, drive-through or walk-up, and specimen collection by nasal swab or saliva. Frontline workers should get tested at least once a month and up to once every two weeks, and continue testing even after being vaccinated.

In addition to testing at the Day Worker Center of Mountain View and ConXión, appointment-based testing continues at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, with rotating appointment-only city sites this upcoming week in Campbell and Palo Alto. Walk-ins continue to be accepted at standing pop-up sites in Gilroy and San José. Mobile testing buses will be in three locations in San José.

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.

ON-SITE TESTING LOCATED AT COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS – No appointments needed.

San José

ConXión to Community, 749 Story Road, Suite 10, San José, 95122
Monday, March 29, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mountain View

Day Worker Center of Mountain View, 113 Escuela Ave., Mountain View, 94040
Tuesday, March 30, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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 lhi.care/covidtesting or by phone at 1-888-634-1123.

San José

OptumServe Mobile Testing Bus at Eastridge Mall, 2200 Eastridge Loop, San José, 95122
Saturday, March 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

OptumServe Mobile Testing Bus at Valley Water, 5750 Almaden Expressway, San José, 95118
Wednesday through Thursday, March 31 to April 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

OptumServe Mobile Testing Bus at Grand Century Shopping Mall, 1111 Story Road, San José, 95122
Saturday, April 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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, 95111
Appointment hours: Monday, March 29, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday, March 30, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, March 31, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursday, April 1, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Friday, April 2, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday through Sunday, April 3 to April 4, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Campbell

Campbell Orchard City Banquet Hall, 1 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell, 95008
By appointment only for Thursday, April 1, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Palo Alto

Palo Alto – Mitchell Park, El Palo Alto Room, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 94303
By appointment only for Friday, April 2, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

POP-UP TESTING SITES – No appointments needed and only for people without symptoms. Testing done by saliva collection.

San José

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 467 N. White Road, San José, 95127
Tuesday to Friday, March 30 to April 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gilroy

South County Annex (formerly Del Buono Elementary) – 9300 Wren Ave., Gilroy, 95020
Monday to Friday, March 29 to April 2, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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 the 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 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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