COVID-19 Testing: Self Testing Now at Gilroy Drop-In Site; Holiday Hours This Week

December 21, 2020

Appointment Opportunities in San Jose, Morgan Hill and Santa Clara

Santa Clara County, CA Observed self-administered COVID-19 testing is now being conducted at the County-run drop-in site in Gilroy, following a successful rollout at the other County-run drop-in site in East San Jose.

The self-administered tests went into use at the Emmanuel Baptist Church testing site in San José earlier this month and have proven to be easy, effective and popular. Individuals being tested watch a short instructional video and then self-swabs both nasal cavities while being observed by trained County staff. Results are typically received within 48 hours. Nurses are on hand to help children, seniors, and others who need assistance.

“This method of testing means has been shown to be just as effective as nurse-administered swabs,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Officer for the County of Santa Clara. “That is crucial at this point in time, as we are seeing a critical need for nurses and medical staff in our hospitals and ICUs given the surge in COVID-19 cases.”

Holiday hours next week mean there will be no testing on December 25, although the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds site will operate all other days including December 24. An additional pop-up opportunity will be open in Milpitas on Tuesday, and the San Jose and Gilroy drop-in sites have additional hours on Monday.

Next week, appointment-only County COVID-19 testing will be conducted at sites in San José, Milpitas, Morgan Hill and Santa Clara. 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.

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, Dec. 21, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 22 – 23, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Closed Dec. 25, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 26-27, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Milpitas Sports Center, 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas, 95035
By appointment only for Monday, Dec. 21, 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, Dec. 22, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Santa Clara

Santa Clara Central Park Library, 2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, 95051
By appointment only for Wednesday, Dec. 23, 9:30 a.m. to 3 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
Monday to Wednesday, Dec. 21 – Dec. 23, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


South County Annex (formerly Del Buono Elementary) – 9300 Wren Avenue, Gilroy, 95020
Monday to Wednesday, Dec. 21 – Dec. 23, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

San Ysidro Park, 7700 Murray Ave., Gilroy, 95020
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


San Jose City College Milpitas Extension, 1450 Escuela Pkwy., Milpitas, 95035
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


In order to facilitate the testing process and reduce waiting times, staff may distribute wristbands that will correspond to specific testing time windows. When patients receive a wristband, they may be asked to return during their assigned testing window. Once all wristbands have been handed out, the testing site can no longer take additional patients for the day.

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 “essential workers.” Examples of “essential 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:

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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