SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA — Santa Clara County is expanding access to COVID-19 testing with the launch of two additional pop-up coronavirus testing sites Tuesday.
The walk-up testing sites in San Jose and Gilroy are available free of charge and without an appointment, insurance or a doctor's note, and regardless of immigration status.
The testing sites, located at Valley Health Center on 7475 Camino Arroyo in Gilroy and the Santa Clara County Service Center auditorium at 1555 Berger Drive in San Jose, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday.
Each location has the capacity to test up to 500 people per day.
"The county is strategically positioning our pop-up test centers where they are most essential," county Supervisor Mike Wasserman said. "There are now at least 46 locations countywide offering COVID-19 diagnostic testing. We encourage everyone to get tested."
Water will be available at both testing sites, where hot weather is expected throughout the week. People can get tested at either location without an appointment, insurance or a doctor's note and regardless of their immigration status.
All frontline workers with regular interaction with the public should get tested now and once every month going forward. This includes grocery store clerks, food delivery workers, retail associates, first responders, and many other types of workers. The County recommends that these employees get tested even if they have no symptoms at all. Testing can identify the infection before a person feels unwell or before they spread it to another person with potentially deadly consequences. People can get a test through their regular doctor, or from one of these new or expanded sites around the county.
A full map of coronavirus testing sites throughout the county can be found at sccfreetest.org. Essential and frontline workers are advised to get tested at least once a month.
"We ask everyone to protect themselves and their community by getting tested," county Supervisor Dave Cortese said. "Increased testing will help us battle COVID-19 and allow us to enter the next stage of recovery as soon as possible."
Bay City News contributed to this report