County COVID-19 testing returns to West Valley

County-run appointment-based COVID-19 testing is returning to several West Valley cities this week.

It comes just a week after Santa Clara County added sign-up pages in Chinese and Vietnamese for the 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 also moved its East San Jose pop-up site to a new location, where infection rates remain higher.

“We look forward to our move into a new neighborhood in East San Jose, which remains one of the areas hardest hit by COVID-19,” 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 – Emmanuel Baptist Church – 467 N. White Rd., 95127
    • Tuesday 10/6 to Friday 10/9, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • San Jose – Binational Health Week Event – Children’s Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way, 95110
    • Saturday 10/10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Gilroy – South County Annex – 9300 Wren Ave., 95020
    • Tuesday 10/6  to Friday 10/9, 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 days.

  • San Jose – County Fairgrounds Lot A – Drive Thru, Bike, Walk Up – 344 Tully Rd., 95111
    • Tuesday 10/6 to Friday 10/9, 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday 10/10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Santa Clara – Central Park Library – 2635 Homestead Rd., 95051
    • Monday 10/5, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Mountain View – Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., 94041
    • Tuesday 10/6, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Cupertino – Senior Center, 21251 Stevens Creek Blvd., 95014
    • Wednesday 10/7, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Campbell – Orchard City Banquet Hall, 1 W. Campbell Ave. 95008
    • Thursday 10/8, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Palo Alto – Art Center Auditorium, 1313 Newell Rd., 94303
    • Friday 10/9, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.