New COVID-19 Popup Testing Location in Santa Clara County – More Than 26,000 Tests Completed In August

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

August 29, 2020

Testing Available Aug. 31 – Sept. 5 in San José, Milpitas, Mountain View, Cupertino, Campbell, and Los Altos Hills

Santa Clara County, Calif. – The County of Santa Clara’s Valley Medical Center continues to offer COVID-19 diagnostic testing next week at additional locations with appointment-based and drop-in testing.

Next week, appointment-only testing will be conducted in San José, Milpitas, Mountain View, Cupertino, Campbell, and Los Altos Hills. Appointments can be made starting three days in advance of the testing date until all slots are reserved at https://direc.to/eyD1 or www.sccfreetest.org.

Pop-up, no-appointment testing will be conducted in San José and Gilroy.

“Testing is one of the most important tools in combatting the pandemic,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, COVID-19 Testing Officer for the County of Santa Clara. “We encourage people to contact their healthcare provider when possible, but to know the County is there to close the testing gap.”

Despite the recent fires and poor air quality, the county has still tested more than 26,000 people in August.

APPOINTMENT-BASED TESTING SITES

San José

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Parking Lot A (across from the blue arch) - Drive-thru, bike, and walk-up appointments
Across the street from the Fairgrounds main entrance, 344 Tully Road, San José, CA 95111

Appointments Tuesday-Friday, September 1-4, 12 – 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 5, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Milpitas

Milpitas Sports Center, 1325 E Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035
By appointment only for August 31 (9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Mountain View

Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041
By appointment only for September 1 (9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Cupertino

Cupertino Senior Center, 21251 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014
By appointment only for September 2 (9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Campbell

Orchard City Banquet Hall, 1 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell, CA 95008
By appointment only for September 3 (9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Los Altos Hills

Council Chambers, 26379 W. Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
By appointment only for September 4 (9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

POP-UP TESTING SITES IN SAN JOSÉ AND GILROY

No appointments are needed for a free and easy nasal swab test at either of these pop-up locations.

San José

William C. Overfelt High School gymnasium – 1835 Cunningham Ave., San José, 95122
Tuesday thru Friday, September 1-4 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Gilroy

South County Annex (formerly Del Buono Elementary) – 9300 Wren Ave., Gilroy, 95020
Tuesday thru Friday, September 1-4 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Those seeking a test at a pop-up site can check in and receive a wristband for an hour-long time slot later in the day; they then can leave and return at the designated time to get tested. This facilitates social distancing and reduces the time spent waiting in line. However, the supply of wristbands depends on the number of available tests and are only available as supplies last. The County advises those interested in a test at a pop-up site to go earlier in the day rather than later to pick up a wristband. When the wristbands run out, people will be directed to other testing options nearby.

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 insurance may be billed. However, those without health insurance or those who do not provide insurance information can still get a test at those sites. The tests are viral detection tests, which diagnose a person who currently has the infection. Read more about the difference between viral detection tests and serology tests.

For people without COVID-19 symptoms, the County currently offers indoor and drive-thru sites. People with symptoms are directed to drive-thru sites to reduce the chance of getting others sick.

County test sites and additional sites operated by other organizations 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. There are currently more than 50 COVID-19 test locations in Santa Clara County, including those at community centers and schools, hospitals and clinics, and mobile testing centers. County test site locations may change each week based on assessment of testing needs. Data are published on the County’s COVID-19 Testing Dashboards.

Links to b-roll video:
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N16W2EPYEuo&feature=youtu.be

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