Two new COVID-19 testing sites in Richmond

Two new COVID-19 testing centers in Richmond
Dr. Samir Shah, chief medical officer for Contra Costa Regional Medical Center & Health Centers, was helping out May 18 at one of the County's COVID-19 testing sites. (Photo credit: Contra Costa Health Services)

A new free COVID-19 testing center has opened in North Richmond, and another is set to open at Richmond Civic Center starting Monday, officials said.

A testing site opened Tuesday at Second Street and W. Ruby Avenue, around the corner from the North Richmond Center for Health, Dr. Erika Jenssen of Contra Costa Health Services said in a report to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. The walk-in testing site operates Tuesdays and Fridays from 1-4 p.m., no appointments necessary.

Also, a “very high-volume testing site” with both drive-through and walk-in testing is coming soon to the Richmond Civic Center, thanks to a partnership involving Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia and the City of Richmond, Jenssen said.

In a social media post Wednesday, the city told us setup of the new site will begin Monday, Aug. 17. It will be located in the parking lot between Barrett and Nevin avenues and 24th and 25th streets. It’s scheduled to operate from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, the mayor said.

In total, the County operates 11 testing centers countywide, Jenssen said. For information on how to get tested, go here.