County adds new languages to COVID testing appointment portal

Santa Clara County has added sign-up pages in Chinese and Vietnamese for its COVID-19 testing appointments. That is in addition to speedy results sent by text message. Some of the county-operated COVID-19 testing sites are now available for appointment sign-ups seven days in advance.

The county has excess testing supply at this point, and is calling on more residents to get tested.

“City-sites and drive-thrus is over 18,000 a day and we’re only using about 60 percent of that,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, the county’s chief COVID testing officer.

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

The county is offering free flu vaccines at the County Fairgrounds and other sites as well. Officials have also pushed local healthcare providers to step up their COVID testing numbers, or face citations.

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. Most sites are providing results between 1-2 days after testing.

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 9/29 to Friday 10/2, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Gilroy – South County Annex – 9300 Wren Ave., 95020
    • Tuesday 9/29 to Friday 10/2, 11 a.m. to 5:30 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 9/29 to Friday 10/2, 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday 10/3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunnyvale – Murphy Park – 260 N. Sunnyvale Ave., 94086
    • Monday, 9/28, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saratoga – Friendship Hall – 19848 Prospect Rd., 95070
    • Tuesday, 9/29, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Santa Clara – Central Park Library, 2635 Homestead Rd., 95051
    • Wednesday, 9/30, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Los Altos Hills – Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Rd.
    • Friday, 10/2, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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