List Of Bay Area Coronavirus Testing Sites

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March 20, 2020 - 3:38 pm

More testing services are being offered in the Bay Area for those experiencing symptoms linked to the novel coronvirus.

With at least 1,842 confirmed coronavirus cases in California, with 772 in the Bay Area and 13 deaths across the region, more testing services are being offered for those experiencing symptoms.

Tests are being reserved for the high-risk, very ill patients, older adults, people with chronic medical conditions, and health care workers, as per orders from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health departments.

The time it takes for test results will also vary based on how it is being processed. Some are processed in-house while some are sent to a lab at another location.

Mayor Libby Schaaf announced on Friday a new COVID-19 testing site in Oakland that is specifically reserved for first responders who have exposed themselves daily to help with the outbreak.

While not everyone will be able to immediately get tested, the following list will hopefully be useful for those concerned and seeking answers.

Kaiser Permanente on Geary Boulevard (San Francisco)

  • Drive-through testing for Kaiser members
  • Other locations are also available for patients who've been referred by doctors
  • Test results take four to seven days

UC San Francisco

  • UCSF is currently testing patients who have symptoms and are either hospitalized or checked into the emergency department or its Parnassus respiratory screening clinic.
  • Patients are encouraged to speak to their doctor first, but a doctor’s order is not required.

Carbon Health Primary Care and Urgent Care Clinics

  • Available at locations in San Fransisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Fairfield, Vacaville, San Jose, Mountain View
  • Doctor’s orders not required, but patients are asked to use the free, online coronavirus risk assessment screening tool before asking for a test 
  • Carbon Health membership not required and is open to any California resident
  • Results are provided in three to six days

Forward (Financial District, San Francisco)

  • Testing now available for members and non-members
  • Patients are urged to use its remote assessment feature in its app before requesting a test
  • Results come back in 36 to 48 hours

One Medical

  • Testing available for members who meet criteria in San Francisco, the East Bay, South Bay and North Bay
  • Patients are first assessed by a virtual care team
  • A doctor’s order is required before providing a location and time for a sample collection
  • Results provided in two to three days

Hayward Fire Station #7 on Huntwood Avenue

  • For sick people, first responders amd health care workers with suspected exposures to the coconrvirus
  • Testing everyday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Free to the public and open to anyone regardless of where they live or immigration status
  • Staffed by Hayward Fire Department firefighter-paramedics and supported by ambulance compny emergency-medical technicians (EMTs)
  • A two-step screening process to precede test, checking for coronavirus symptoms
  • No referral from a medical doctor is required
  • Results provided in as little as six hours or the next day
  • The Center is equipped for up to 350 people per day

Stanford Medicine at the Express Care’s Hoover Pavilion (Palo Alto)

  • Drive-through testing for those referred by a physician
  • Available seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Test results available within 24 hours

John Muir Health, Urgent Care (Berkeley, Brentwood, Pleasanton and Walnut Creek)

  • Patients are encouraged to contact their primary care physician or urgent care center first
  • An order is required from a John Muir Health-affiliated doctor for the test, at which point an appointment is assigned 
  • Testing is available for high-risk patients only at emergency departments in Concord and Walnut Creek if screening criteria is met, including respiratory symptoms. 
  • Results are provided in four to five days.


  • Inquiring patients are first directed to its Project Baseline online screening tool that helps conclude who qualifies for a test
  • Selected patients are then referred to one of three drive-through locations at the San Mateo County Event Center or the San Mateo County Event Center.
  • Those interested in getting tested at the San Mateo location should note that it is by invitation only, and lines are getting longer there, with the county being the epicenter of the spread in the region


Written by Mallory Somera, with contributions from Carrie Hodousek.