COVID testing continues, some sites with results by text

Santa Clara County-operated COVID-19 testing sites now can send results by text message.

“Quick turnaround time is crucial to the role of testing in COVID-19 response,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, the county’s COVID-19 Testing Officer.

Testing at the County Fairgrounds site has also ramped up to 1,500 tests per day. According to local health officials, there are more than 50 COVID-19 testing sites in Santa Clara County.

“The faster someone is made aware of a positive result, the faster their contacts can be told to quarantine to prevent further spread of the disease,” Fenstersheib added.

Testing is available both by appointment and at walk-up sites. All testing is free and does not require insurance, symptoms, or a doctor referral.

Pop-Up Sites

Pop-up sites do not require an appointment but instead give out wristbands for hour-long time slots later in the day. Supplies remain limited so organizers recommend showing up early to get a wristband slot. To see what the testing experience is like at a pop-up site, see the county video here.

  • San Jose – Overfelt High School Gym – 1835 Cunningham Ave, 95122
    • Tuesday 9/8 to Friday 9/11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Gilroy – South County Annex – 9300 Wren Ave., 95020
    • Tuesday 9/8 to Friday 9/11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

By-Appointment Sites

Appointment-based sites open their calendars three days before the testing date. To schedule an appointment at a site below click here. The county hopes to have results within 3-7 days.

  • San Jose – County Fairgrounds Lot A – Drive Thru, Bike, Walk Up – 344 Tully Rd., 95111
    • Tuesday 9/8 to Friday 9/11, 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday 9/12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Los Altos – Youth Center – 1 N. San Antonio Rd., 94022
    • Thursday 9/10, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Palo Alto – Art Center Auditorium – 1313 Newell Rd., 94303
    • Friday 9/11, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.