Contra Costa offering COVID-19 testing for all county residents

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Ribbon cut at West County Behavioral Health Center in San Pablo
This photo was taken during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the West County Behavioral Health Center in San Pablo on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. The facility is being used to host drive-through COVID-19 testing. (Photo by Kathy Chouteau)

Contra Costa County is now offering COVID-19 testing by appointment to any county resident who believes they need one, regardless of insurance, ability to pay or whether they have symptoms. Previously, tests were only offered for patients with symptoms of illness.

Residents can make an appointment to visit one of eight drive-through testing sites throughout the county, including San Pablo, Antioch, Concord, Martinez, Pittsburg and San Ramon. Patients must visit these sites in their vehicles, as testing is done in the car. To make an appointment, call 1-844-421-0804 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday the state opened appointment-only walk-up testing locations at three additional locations in Pinole, Brentwood and Walnut Creek.

While there is no up-front cost for testing and medical insurance is not needed, if you do have health insurance your insurance will be billed, the County said.

According to Contra Costa Health Services, “the increased access to community testing will help Contra Costa County reach its goal for easing social restrictions in the current shelter-in-place order, which lasts through May.” Currently, 300-400 patients are tested daily in the county.

Visit coronavirus.cchealth.org/testing for details about community testing, including site locations.