Bay Area COVID-19 Testing – by City Health

Convenient Bay Area Testing Locations.

No cost to you. Testing is in high demand. You must book an appointment to get tested.

Rapid Antigen Testing Available

Recieve your results in 15 minutes!

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).

$0 out-of-pocket cost with most insurance or federal program for uninsured

Get tested

Please use our online appointment tool. Choose a location to see real-time availability.

 

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

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.

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

Our Testing Locations

New Testing Location
San Francisco On Jessie St. East

CityHealth is proud to announce the opening of our COVID-19 testing center in downtown San Francisco in a partnership with the City of San Francisco, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, The SFFD, SFPD , the SFMTA and the Westfield Mall.

Testing will be open to the public daily from 9am to 5pm.

Parking is available at the Mission Street Parking Garage across the street from the test site.

Enter the site on 4th and Jessie Street East.

Who qualifies?

Every Bay Area resident over the age of 18 or minors accompanied by a parent or guardian.

How it works

  • 1.
    Select a test site and available time. Fill out the registration form.
  • 2.
    Insurance card and proof of identity are required, as well as test confirmation email or text message. Be sure to have your mobile phone in case we need to reach you.
  • 3.
    When you arrive you will see signage for the COVID-19 testing site.
  • 4.
    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.
  • 5.
    You will receive a link to view your results within 2-3 days. Results are viewed through OnPatient

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.

Simply book an appointment, show up at the scheduled time, show your employment ID, we’ll take care of the rest. 

FAQs

What type of test is performed?

PCR testing which has a projected turn around time for results of 3-5 days

Do you offer the rapid antigen test?

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

How is my sample for testing collected?

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.

How and when will I get results?

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. When your result is ready, you will receive an email with a link to the OnPatient website.

Is there an out-of-pocket cost?

Patients should not have any out-of-pocket costs, but you should check with your health plan to confirm before scheduling a test. If you have health insurance, you must bring your card with you to the test site. If you do not have insurance, we will ask you for your Social Security number (card not needed), driver’s license or state ID to submit the cost of your test to the federal program for the uninsured.

Do I need an appointment?

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

What do I need to bring with me?

Insurance card and proof of identity are 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.

What happens my results are positive?

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

What happens if my result is negative?

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.

Who does the DPH recommend for testing?

  • 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

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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

What do I do if i have a COVID-19 emergency?

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