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COVID-19 testing tents popping up on Midpeninsula

Outdoor facilities in anticipation of more people coming down with the virus seen in Mountain View, Stanford and Menlo Park

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Stanford Health Care is gearing up for larger-scale testing of patients with COVID-19 symptoms, erecting tents on the Stanford University campus for use starting in the next few days, a spokeswoman said.

The additional testing capacity is in response to a growing need to identify COVID-19-positive patients as the virus spreads. Stanford Health Care has so far installed five large white tents and a cluster of smaller ones in its Galvez Street parking lot along Campus Drive, across from the Bing Concert Hall. The medical center has had a site at Hoover Pavilion running for at least one-and-a-half weeks.

"We're preparing to extend outpatient COVID-19 testing to the Galvez location for patients with a Stanford physician order," spokeswoman Lisa Kim said. "Patients may call Stanford Express Care at 650-498-9000 to schedule a video visit with a Stanford physician, who will evaluate and refer them for testing if needed. We'll provide more information in the coming days as details are finalized."

Last week, Menlo Medical Clinic also started a drive-thru clinic on Middlefield Road for COVID-19.

"They are currently taking scheduled Menlo (Clinic) patients based on certain clinical criteria. Again, they must have a physician's order to be tested," Kim said.

Jennifer Thrift, spokeswoman for El Camino Hospital, said the medical provider has tents constructed at its Mountain View and Los Gatos campuses. The tents are not currently in use.

"We continue to take proactive steps to ensure the safety of our patients, visitors and employees, and this includes preparing for the potential of a surge of patients," she said.

"The tents at both campuses will help ensure our ability to continue to care for patients in a safe environment," she said. The preparation "is in line with our scenario planning for dealing with infectious diseases, including treatment or recovery in isolated areas in compliance with CDC guidelines."

Other medical organizations, including Kaiser Permanente and Sutter/Palo Alto Medical Foundation, continue to triage patients and test them for COVID-19 when referred by a physician. Kaiser Redwood City has a yellow and blue tent in the roundabout area in front of its entrance, and Palo Alto Medical has placed a tent in a parking lot at the rear of its campus. In all cases, people who suspect they have COVID-19 are asked to contact their physicians by phone or through video conferences.

On Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said that the rate of testing is increasing across the state, albeit slowly. As of Tuesday, 27,650 tests had been conducted, which includes the latest numbers California has received from commercial and private labs. At least 15,554 results have been received and another 12,100 are pending, according to the governor's website. He plans to further address the testing issue on Wednesday in a press conference.

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Posted by member name
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 1, 2020 at 1:20 pm

Testing for those with symptoms is not nearly enough.

25% of those with Covid19 have NO symptoms. We can only get real control with generalised testing and tracing.

Nevertheless, thanks to all who provide this very limited service. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the medical staff in this country.

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Posted by MidPen isnisting on community mixing
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2020 at 2:56 pm

Their refusal to close the gates at Rancho San Antonio has and is still currently attracting people from as far as Milpitas as shown on the people posting on their FB page.

People drive from Rancho from Miliptas(one example from this weekend on their FB page)then they funnel together with people from many other communities before spreading out far and wide to go back home. Maybe they swing over to Lucky's in Los Altos for some groceries. Maybe they stop in Santa Clara as well for some gas. This is the REALITY of Rancho's open gates

I cannot fathom WHY they insist on keeping those damn gates open. There are ALL the SCIENTIFIC reasons close them and no legitimate reason to keep them open, not the way this virus spreads.

Contact MidPen directly and INSIST they get with the program!
(650) 356-2900

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Posted by How To Contact MidPen
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2020 at 3:08 pm

The contact for MidPen is not the above number.
It is 650-691-1200 or email, or their Facebook page.
If you contact them, please be polite. We're all together in this.
I have already contacted them and asked that they please close the Rancho gates to minimize community mixing.

2 people like this
Posted by off topic
a resident of Bailey Park
on Apr 1, 2020 at 3:08 pm

^^^ geez, pasting this everywhere?

Start a thread.

6 people like this
Posted by Blowing up on Nextdoor too
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2020 at 3:13 pm

People are upset^^^^^^^

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