COVID testing capacity increases at County Fairgrounds

Santa Clara County health officials have increased COVID-19 testing capacity at the County Fairgrounds as a potential third wave approaches.

Officials said that high demand was the main reason for increasing capacity at the site.

“We’ve been well above state and county goals for months, and we’ve seen a lot of interest in our mass testing site at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, the county’s head of COVID-19 testing.

Santa Clara County has sign-up pages in Chinese and Vietnamese for appointments. Results can now be sent by text message. Some of the county-operated COVID-19 testing sites are now available for appointment sign-ups seven days in advance.

Testing at the County Fairgrounds site now has capacity of 1,800 tests per day, up from 1,500. Next week, officials will expand it to 2,500 tests per day capacity. 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 10/27 to Friday 10/30, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Gilroy – South County Annex – 9300 Wren Ave., 95020
    • Tuesday 10/27 to Friday 10/30, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Gilroy – San Ysidro Park – 7700 Murray Ave., 95020
    • Wednesday 10/28 – 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • San Jose (with Project Move’s hALLoWELLness event) – Local Color – 27 S. First St., 95113

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.

  • Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Parking Lot A – 344 Tully Rd., 95111
    • Tuesday 10/27 to Friday 10/30, 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday 10/31, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunnyvale – Murphy Park – 260 N Sunnyvale Ave, 94086
    • Monday 10/26, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Los Gatos – LGS Adult Recreation Center – 280 E. Main St., 95030
    • Wednesday 10/28, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saratoga – Friendship Hall – 19848 Prospect Rd., 95070
    • Thursday 10/29, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.