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County's new coronavirus mobile testing van coming to Mountain View on Monday

Santa Clara County is launching a mobile health van offering easy-to-access testing for residents worried they may have contracted the coronavirus. Its first stop? A visit to Mountain View on Memorial Day.

The mobile testing unit will officially launch on Monday, May 25, and will be at the at the Mountain View Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No appointment or paperwork is required, and the tests are free.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian announced the launch of a mobile van offering free COVID-19 tests. Embarcadero Media file photo

"We're finally getting some traction on testing," Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian said in a statement Friday. "It’s not yet as much as I’d like to see, and it’s certainly not as fast as I’d like to see, but it’s progress."

County supervisors and city officials throughout Santa Clara County have complained in recent weeks about the slow rate of testing. The widespread availability of tests is a mandatory benchmark for easing stay at home restrictions, yet the county has fallen well short of its immediate goal of 4,000 tests per day.

In the past, the county has also been opaque about who is eligible to get tested and where those tests are administered, which Simitian said has added to the frustration. Some testing sites have been available only to those deemed essential workers and, during the early days of the outbreak, only to those showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection.

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Public health officials say universal access to testing can slow the spread of the virus, as those who test positive can stay home and isolate themselves from others. Those who contract COVID-19 can be asymptomatic and show no signs of illness, adding to the need for an accurate test even for those who appear to be well.

Though anyone can get a test at the Memorial Day event, the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health is specifically encouraging anyone over the age of 60 or with pre-existing health conditions to get tested, along with those who know they have been around someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. People who have frequent contact with the public, including health care and food service workers, are being asked to get tested monthly, while those working in skilled nursing and long-term care facilities are asked to get tested every two weeks.

Ultimately, county officials say the goal is to provide 15,000 tests each day to track and contain the virus.

Simitian said the county is seeking to expand testing to permanent health centers in Mountain View as well, including El Camino Hospital. El Camino Healthcare District's board of directors agreed this week to spend $1 million on community-based COVID-19 testing for residents in the area. Up until now, the hospital has focused on testing its patients and staff.

The Planned Parenthood clinic on California Street in Mountain View is also expected to provide tests for the coronavirus in a partnership with the county. Testing at the clinic could start as early as June.

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The Memorial Day testing event in Mountain View will be located at the aquatic center portion of the Mountain View Community Center, located at 201 S. Rengstorff Ave. More information is available at SccFreeTest.org.

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County's new coronavirus mobile testing van coming to Mountain View on Monday

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Fri, May 22, 2020, 7:06 pm

Santa Clara County is launching a mobile health van offering easy-to-access testing for residents worried they may have contracted the coronavirus. Its first stop? A visit to Mountain View on Memorial Day.

The mobile testing unit will officially launch on Monday, May 25, and will be at the at the Mountain View Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No appointment or paperwork is required, and the tests are free.

"We're finally getting some traction on testing," Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian said in a statement Friday. "It’s not yet as much as I’d like to see, and it’s certainly not as fast as I’d like to see, but it’s progress."

County supervisors and city officials throughout Santa Clara County have complained in recent weeks about the slow rate of testing. The widespread availability of tests is a mandatory benchmark for easing stay at home restrictions, yet the county has fallen well short of its immediate goal of 4,000 tests per day.

In the past, the county has also been opaque about who is eligible to get tested and where those tests are administered, which Simitian said has added to the frustration. Some testing sites have been available only to those deemed essential workers and, during the early days of the outbreak, only to those showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection.

Public health officials say universal access to testing can slow the spread of the virus, as those who test positive can stay home and isolate themselves from others. Those who contract COVID-19 can be asymptomatic and show no signs of illness, adding to the need for an accurate test even for those who appear to be well.

Though anyone can get a test at the Memorial Day event, the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health is specifically encouraging anyone over the age of 60 or with pre-existing health conditions to get tested, along with those who know they have been around someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. People who have frequent contact with the public, including health care and food service workers, are being asked to get tested monthly, while those working in skilled nursing and long-term care facilities are asked to get tested every two weeks.

Ultimately, county officials say the goal is to provide 15,000 tests each day to track and contain the virus.

Simitian said the county is seeking to expand testing to permanent health centers in Mountain View as well, including El Camino Hospital. El Camino Healthcare District's board of directors agreed this week to spend $1 million on community-based COVID-19 testing for residents in the area. Up until now, the hospital has focused on testing its patients and staff.

The Planned Parenthood clinic on California Street in Mountain View is also expected to provide tests for the coronavirus in a partnership with the county. Testing at the clinic could start as early as June.

The Memorial Day testing event in Mountain View will be located at the aquatic center portion of the Mountain View Community Center, located at 201 S. Rengstorff Ave. More information is available at SccFreeTest.org.

Comments

Op-Ed
Old Mountain View
on May 24, 2020 at 1:21 pm
Op-Ed, Old Mountain View
on May 24, 2020 at 1:21 pm
1 person likes this

Great news! I hope many people (maybe up to 200?) can get tested Memorial Day in the four hours of mobile van operation. But... the two Verily sites cap at 300/day. And County Testing Officer Dr. Marty Fenstersheib wants frontline heath care workers to get tested once per month at either site. Maybe 3,000 of those workers reduces available tests by 150/day for the 20 days/month the testing sites are open. So that provides at most, lessee, 300+300+200 (mobile van) - 150: 650 tests/day.
We have a long way to go to reach Santa Clara County's goal of 4,000 tests per day.
Looking at you, tax-payer funded El Camino Hospital. How many, how soon?


it's only politics
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on May 24, 2020 at 2:07 pm
it's only politics, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on May 24, 2020 at 2:07 pm
2 people like this

Sara Cody needs to take responsibility for Santa Clara County's dismal response to provide testing. Really, a mini van in Mountain View at a park for 4 hours on Memorial Day?, that's it? that's the best we can do? County public health officials need to work with county supervisors, congressional district leaders and state officials to secure supplies. Other counties have done a much better job. If Sara wants 4000 tests per day before the county starts opening, she should be offering tests all across the county. Blame the orange man if that makes you feel safer, however the county public health director needs to start moving. Sara should talk with Gavin, Joe, and Ro Khanna.

Gavin says his relationship with the Donald is great.

Sara says-"just stay home" while she puts her fingers in her mouth . Please Sara, do something positive like securing tests for Santa Clara County. It's your job to get us to 4000 tests per day so we can get back to work.

Perhaps the View @Kevin Forestieri can go take some pictures and write a follow up story when the mobile testing van rolls into Mountain View and get some real information like number of people served in that four hour period and test results stating how long it takes for them to be returned and the rest of the metrics.


golfing genius
Rengstorff Park
on May 24, 2020 at 2:44 pm
golfing genius, Rengstorff Park
on May 24, 2020 at 2:44 pm
16 people like this

> Blame the orange man if that makes you feel safer

No one is blaming the short-fingered vulgarian. We are, however, identifying his stupendous mistakes, lies, etc.. that have shaped the Trump Pandemic Response for the worse, in hopes of correcting his oft-fatal mistakes.

Some of our impeached president's terrible, terrible mistakes start with not paying attention to his daily briefings:

JAN 22
“We have it totally under control. ... It’s going to be just fine.”
— Donald Trump

FEB 28
“It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”
— Donald Trump

100,000 dead Americans. When will he take it seriously?

Not today. He played golf.

AGAIN.

"I'm going to be working for you. I'm not going to have time to go play golf."
--Donald Trump, 2016


LongResident
another community
on May 26, 2020 at 3:37 pm
LongResident, another community
on May 26, 2020 at 3:37 pm
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In Santa Clara County, one month ago, the tests had ramped up to just under
1000 tests per day. Now they are doing more like 2000 tests per day. They
feel that their capacity is not being used, and they have trouble getting
people to come in. On Sunday so far they have reported 2107 tests with 14 positive
results and 4 results pending. This would include the results from the
van in Mountain View. In the 4 days leading up to Sunday, the fewest
tests conducted was 1683 and the highest 2176. The positivity rate has
been between 1 and 2 percent. One thing they are looking at is which
areas have a higher positivity. They will try to do more tests there.
The aim is to let as many people as possible know they have the virus so
they can self isolate. They have over 30 fixed testing locations operating
plus the mobile van. There are several in Mountain View.


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