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City of San José and County of Santa Clara announce new East San José testing site in collaboration with Verily
May 4, 2020
Santa Clara County and City of San José, CA – The City of San José and County of Santa Clara have facilitated a new drive-through COVID-19 testing site in East San José on Monday, May 4, in collaboration with Verily’s Baseline COVID-19 Program.
The new California community-based testing site, at PAL Stadium, supplements a testing site at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds that opened in March.
Santa Clara County residents can use the Baseline COVID-19 Program online screener and appointment scheduling system at www.projectbaseline.com/COVID19 to screen their symptoms and, if eligible, make an appointment for testing. The website is available in English and Spanish.
The free screening and testing are a service of the State of California through Verily, an Alphabet company. Health insurance is not required. Medical care is not provided on site.
“This partnership with Verily critically boosts the diagnostic testing we need to dramatically increase to safely re-open our economy,” said San José Mayor Sam Liccardo. “Thanks to everyone on the Google/Verily team, particularly Javier Gonzales, who have responded to our urging to dramatically expand our COVID-19 testing in San Jose.”
“We want everybody in our community to have access to testing. That is the goal,” said Cindy Chavez, President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.
Beginning May 4, testing in San José will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday by appointment only at PAL Stadium, located at 680 S. 34th St., as well as the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, located at 344 Tully Road. Each site will have the capacity to serve several hundred people per day. The schedule of testing, including hours of operation, may be adjusted over time to meet community needs.
City of San José staff will assist with directing vehicles at the PAL Stadium testing site. Detailed signage at the site guiding customers will be displayed in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
The Baseline COVID-19 Program is an effort to expand access to COVID-19 screening and testing in areas with a high volume of known cases, while enabling public health officials to target testing efforts. Verily, an Alphabet company, developed the program in collaboration with the state of California. The Baseline COVID-19 Program is a connected solution to support individuals from screening through testing and receipt of their test results, which is done under physician direction.
The testing program is first focusing on high-risk populations. Eligibility for testing is defined by the California Department of Public Health and may be updated to reflect the latest guidance from public health authorities. Eligible persons must be 18 years or older and willing to electronically sign a COVID-19 Public Health Authorization Form and Lab Consent.
Priority for testing will be given to people with symptoms like fever, cough or shortness of breath. Asymptomatic frontline workers who may have been exposed to COVID-19, such as first responders or those who work in health care or correctional facilities, are also eligible for testing.
For more information about the Baseline COVID-19 Program, visit www.projectbaseline.com/COVID19 (English) or www.projectbaseline.com/intl/es-419_ALL/studies/covid-19/ (Spanish).
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