COVID-19 Testing

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There are more than 40 testing sites across Santa Clara County. Learn more at SCCFreeTest.org.

Free walk-up testing will be available at SAP Center in San José, June 23-27. No appointment, health insurance, or doctor’s note is needed, and free testing is available regardless of immigration status. Testing at SAP Center will be available from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, June 23-26, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 27. Everyone who visits SAP for COVID-19 testing will receive a memorabilia item (one each) featuring either the San Jose Sharks or San Jose Barracuda, courtesy of the San Jose Sharks. In addition, one randomly selected person getting tested will receive a free San Jose Sharks hockey jersey.

Map of Testing Sites

 

Hospitals & Clinics

Call your doctor to schedule a testing appointment.

  • Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI):  408-975-2730
  • Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley:  408-445-3400
  • Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley Pediatric Center:  408-947-2929
  • Mar Monte Community Clinic:  408-274-7100, option #5
  • Mayview Community Health Center:  650-475-1508
  • Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (Blossom Hill, San Jose, & Mountain View Health Centers):  877-855-7526, option #5
  • North East Medical Services (NEMS) Lundy Clinic:  415-391-9686, option #1
  • Peninsula Healthcare Connection:  650-853-0321
  • School Health Clinics
    • Gilroy Neighborhood Health Center:  408-842-1017
    • Overfelt Neighborhood Health Center:  408-347-5988
    • Washington Neighborhood Health Center:  408-295-0980
  • Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Clinics & Hospitals:  1-888-334-1000 visit Online Scheduling for Free Testing
  • Stanford Health Care:  650-498-9000
  • Kaiser patients:  408-554-9800
  • Regional Medical Center:  408-259-5000
  • Good Samaritan Hospital:  408-559-2011
  • El Camino Hospital:  650-940-7000
  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF):  866-961-2889
  • Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Healthcare System:  650-493-5000

Community Clinics

Appointments are available 7 days a week.

  • Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) – Valley Health Center Milpitas, 1325 East Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas, CA 95035
  • St. Louise Regional Hospital – DePaul Health Center, 18550 De Paul Dr., Morgan Hill, CA 95037
  • Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) – Valley Health Center Downtown, 777 E Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95112
  • Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) – Valley Health Center East Valley, 1993 McKee Road, San Jose, CA 95116

Click here to schedule a free test.

Project Baseline by Verily

The Baseline COVID-19 Program is an effort to expand access to COVID-19 screening and testing.

The Baseline COVID-19 Program is focused on:

  • Helping those with concerns about COVID-19 to possibly get tested at no cost to you
  • Enabling public health officials to target testing efforts

Learn more about how to get tested here.

Types of Tests

Viral Detection Test

Viral detection tests, which is the test performed by most healthcare providers, are tests that tell you if you currently have COVID-19. This diagnostic test finds genetic material from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The test is known by several different names including polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, molecular test, or nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT). The time it takes to get test results varies by laboratory and the number of tests the laboratory needs to run. The average time to get a result is 2 days, but this may vary.

Serology or Antibody Test

A serology, serological, or antibody test detects the presence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in your body. Antibodies are produced by your immune system as a response against the virus. Serology or antibody tests are different from molecular/PCR tests and cannot diagnose COVID-19. Only molecular/PCR tests can accurately diagnose someone for COVID-19. Serology tests or antibody tests attempt to tell you whether you have been exposed to COVID-19 by measuring if your body has developed an antibody response to COVID-19 using a blood sample. There are two types of antibody tests, and each test uses a different type of blood sample.

A rapid serology or antibody test uses a small finger-stick blood sample. At this time, many of the rapid tests have not been fully validated and the results – whether positive or negative – are inconclusive.

A laboratory serology or antibody test uses a larger blood draw sample, usually taken from the arm. This is a more reliable test to measure if COVID-19 antibodies are present, but there is still much that remains unknown about interpreting the results.

While many researchers across the country have been working on antibody testing to determine whether someone has contracted COVID-19, we are not near the point of being able to interpret what these tests mean. Currently, antibody tests are most useful for research purposes rather than for information for individual patients.

  • A positive rapid serology test means that you may have been exposed to any coronavirus, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. It does not mean that you’re protected from future COVID-19 infections and does not necessarily mean that you had prior exposure to COVID-19. You should continue to take precautions recommended for the general public, including frequent hand washing, social distancing, avoidance of touching the face, and staying away from others when sick. It’s important for you to follow-up with your doctor who may order a more reliable test.
  • Other coronaviruses may cause the test to come back positive. It is unknown if these tests are detecting antibodies only to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, or if they are also detecting antibodies to other common coronaviruses. Remember that coronaviruses are a family of viruses, some of which cause the common cold.
  • You might not be protected from COVID-19 even if you have antibodies. It is not yet clear whether the presence of antibodies prevents reinfection.
  • A negative serology test means that you have not developed an immune response to COVID-19. However, it does not necessarily mean that you don’t have a COVID-19 infection. It can take 1-2 weeks after onset of symptoms for an immune response to develop. If you are not feeling well, please follow-up with your doctor who may perform further evaluation.