Bay Area COVID-19 Testing – by City Health

Convenient Bay Area Testing Locations.

Testing is in high demand. You must book an appointment to get tested.

Please do not call CityHealth regarding COVID-19 appointments. You must use our online appointment scheduler to book an appointment. All available appointments are listed on the tool.

Please wear surgical or cloth face covering without exhalation valves. You must also stay 6 feet apart while on testing grounds. This is strictly enforced and you will be turned away if you do not adhere by our guidelines. 

You must bring a United States government issued ID card and medical insurance card (if you have insurance).

Is your employer sponsoring a CityHealth testing program and paying for your test? Just show the check-in desk your employee identification

Certified Trusted Testing and Travel Partner

Available Testing Options

Considered the “gold standard” for SARS-CoV-2 viral testing.

Available to anyone who is suspected as having SARS-CoV-2 based on risk of exposure and/or symptoms.

Samples are obtained on-site and sent next day FedEx to our lab partner. Results are projected to take 24-48 hours once the lab receives the specimen. Frequent and regular testing is recommended.

Wait times for test results may vary based on nationwide demand for testing. 

Results in typically 30-45 minutes. Wait times may vary.

This test is not approved for Hawaii bound travelers.

Less sensitive than molecular PCR testing.

This test is to be performed only using respiratory specimens collected from individuals who are suspected of COVID-19 by their healthcare provider within the first five days of the onset of symptoms. Frequent and regular testing is recommended.

Fact Sheet: https://www.fda.gov/media/137887/download

Considered the “gold standard” for SARS-CoV-2 viral testing.

Available to anyone who is suspected as having SARS-CoV-2 based on risk of exposure and/or symptoms.

Samples are obtained on-site and sent next day FedEx to our lab partner. Results are projected to take 24-48 hours once the lab receives the specimen. Frequent and regular testing is recommended.

Results in 15-30 minutes.

Less sensitive than molecular PCR testing.

This test is to be performed only using respiratory specimens collected from individuals who are suspected of COVID-19 by their healthcare provider within the first five days of the onset of symptoms. Frequent and regular testing is recommended.

Fact Sheet: https://www.fda.gov/media/137887/download

Results in 15-30 minutes.

Less sensitive than molecular PCR testing.

This test is to be performed only using respiratory specimens collected from individuals who are suspected of COVID-19 by their healthcare provider. 

Frequent and regular testing is recommended to the rapid molecular test

Fact Sheet: https://www.fda.gov/media/136524/download

HOW IT WORKS

Register for Testing

Testing kits are in very limited supply so it is very important that you book an appointment using our online scheduling tool.

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HOW IT WORKS

Insurance

Testing is free for all with insurance. If you do have insurance please bring your insurance card so we can communicate with your provider who will cover the cost of testing.

HOW IT WORKS

Arrive on time at your selected location

When you arrive at the testing location, please follow the signage for the COVID-19 testing site.

HOW IT WORKS

Check your email for OnPatient Link

Your sample is sent to one of our lab partners. We’ll email you a link to activate your OnPatient account, which will be used to send your results.

HOW IT WORKS

View Results Online

You will receive a link to view your results within 48-72 hours AFTER the lab receives your test sample. Wait times for results may vary based on demand of testing nationwide. Results are viewed through OnPatient.

Who Qualifies

Anyone over the age of 18 or minors accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Our Testing Locations

New Testing Location at Oakland Airport

CityHealth is proud to announce the opening of our COVID-19 testing center at OAK in a partnership with the Port of Oakland and Oakland Airport to provide testing for our community and all airport and port employees. Testing will be open to the public daily from 9am to 5pm.

CityHealth is here to support you through COVID-19

We want to thank the essential workers, frontline workers, and all of our healthcare professionals for supporting our community.

FAQ

PCR testing which has a projected turn around time for results of 48-72 hours AFTER the sample has been received by the lab.

We are offering rapid antigen testing for all patients who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. This test has a projected turn around time for results of 15-20 minutes.

Our staff is highly trained to make the process as comfortable as possible. The test is done by inserting a swab into your nostril approximately 1 inch into the nasal passage (midway) with the most visible drainage or the nostril that is most congested if drainage is not present. The swab is rotated several times, removed gently and this process is repeated on the other side.

You will be tested in one of two ways. Rapid-result testing is generally returned in person within 15-30 minutes of specimen collection. COVID-19 lab tests are sent to one of our lab partners, which may return results within 2-3 days in times of peak demand. Wait times for results may vary based on nationwide demand. When your result is ready, you will receive an email with a link to the OnPatient website.

Yes, all tests must be scheduled. Every individual who wants a test must make an appointment at bayareacovid19testing.com

Proof of identity is required. You’ll also need to show your appointment confirmation, either by email or text message. Be sure to have your mobile phone in case we need to reach you.

You will receive a phone call from CityHealth and your information will be shared with the county Department of Public Health, who will assign a contact tracer to interview you. Your result will also be sent to your through our HIPAA compliant health portal at onpatient.com.
More information about testing positive can be found in multiple languages on the CDC and Alameda County DPH websites:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/isolation.html

http://www.acphd.org/2019-ncov/resources-residents/quarantine-and-isolation.aspx

You MUST continue to shelter-in-place and take every precaution not to become infected as well as to not potentially infect others. Your result will be sent to your through our HIPAA compliant health portal at onpatient.com. Please know that a negative result only provides a snapshot in time to determine that at the time of the test, you did not have detectable levels of the virus. This does not mean that within hours of getting the test or by the time that you receive results that you won’t be infected with COVID-19.

  • Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (see below)
  • Anyone, regardless of symptoms, who has been exposed to someone confirmed to have COVID-19 within 7-10 days ago
  • Anyone who has participated in protests.
  • All essential and frontline workers (grocery store, restaurant, delivery drivers, security personnel, construction, etc.)
  • All first responders (Firefighters, EMTs, Police, etc.)
  • All healthcare workers
    Anyone with chronic medical problems that impact the immune system

There is a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Some of the common COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you or anyone else is exhibiting any of the emergency warning signs listed below, seek emergency medical care immediately by calling 911:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake

New Travel Restrictions recently announced…

In what we believe is a pretty significant development, beginning November 24th, the Governor announced that travelers to the Hawaiian Islands wanting to bypass the state’s 14-day mandatory quarantine must have COVID-19 test results, from a trusted travel partner, prior to departure to the islands. Previously, if the test results from a trusted partner were not available upon arrival, a traveler only needed to wait for their negative result to come in before they could be released from quarantine. This will no longer be the case beginning on November 24th. At the announcement, Governor Ige said, “We’re taking this added safety precaution now in response to the dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases on the mainland and around the world. The health of our residents and visitors is our primary concern, particularly with more people traveling to Hawaii over the holidays.”

CityHealth no longer offers Rapid Molecular testing so please schedule a testing appointment as early as possible within 72 hours of your departure time to avoid expedited processing fees thank you and see you soon.

Summary of New Travel Restrictions
  • Beginning November 24, 2020, all trans-Pacific travelers who board a plane on the final leg of their trip to the Hawaiian Islands without first securing a negative test will be subject to mandatory quarantine. Tests must be taken with trusted testing and travel partners within 72 hours of departure.
  • The negative test result must be uploaded onto SafeTravels prior to departure or printed out prior to departure and a hard copy in hand when arriving in Hawaii.
  • Beginning November 24, travelers without a negative test result before boarding the final leg of their flight MUST quarantine for 14 days or the length of their stay, whichever is shorter.