DANVILLE, CA — It's official: All Contra Costa County residents can get tested for the new coronavirus, regardless of whether they have symptoms or insurance.
The nearest drive-thru testing site is in San Ramon, by appointment only. People who are covered by insurance will have their insurance billed, but people who are uninsured will not be charged.
To make an appointment to get tested, residents first need to call 844-421-0804 between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily. Callers will be directed to the appropriate address.
Previously only symptomatic residents were eligible for testing. Learn more about the new site here.
Though retailers in parts of California will be allowed to provide curbside pickup services for customers, Contra Costa and five other Bay Area health officers say current restrictions at non-essential businesses will stay in place.
"We need to continue to work together so those sacrifices don't go to waste," the seven jurisdictions said in a joint statement. "It is critical to maintain our gains."
Read more about the decision here.
As of Thursday 22 Danville residents, or 50 in 100,000 people, and 18 Alamo residents, or 122 in 100,000 people, were ill with COVID-19, according to the county.
In Contra Costa County:
- 999 people tested positive for COVID-19, including 13 in the past 24 hours
- 21 patients were hospitalized — a decrease of six people since last week
- 29 COVID-19 patients died — an increase of two people since last week
- 16,427 people were tested — an increase of 3,252 tests since last week
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What's open?: Find out which local businesses are still serving customers here on Patch's guide.
Bright Spots In Tri-Valley
A shelter-in-place order hasn't kept Tri-Valley residents down.
Jam session: Pleasanton music students took to the great outdoors to practice their instruments.
Kodak moment: A Tri-Valley family has photographed quarantining families at home, as part of the national Front Steps Project.
Full coronavirus coverage: Danville Coronavirus News
Correction: An earlier version of this report misstated the rules that Contra Costa County businesses must follow.