A new weekday coronavirus testing site is set to launch Monday at the Shoreline Athletic Fields in Mountain View, providing no-appointment tests for all North County residents.
In a town hall meeting held by city officials Friday, City Manager Kimbra McCarthy announced that the testing site will open for essential workers starting June 15 on Garcia Avenue, and open to all North County residents the following week. It has a low barrier of entry for anyone looking to get tested. Residents only need to bring a photo ID, and are requested -- though not required -- to provide health insurance information.
The site is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., McCarthy said, and is run through a partnership with Santa Clara County's public health department and Planned Parenthood, which operates a clinic in Mountain View and recently teamed up with the county in response to the coronavirus.
For the first week, from June 15 to June 18, the testing site will only provide tests for first responders, health care providers and essential workers, including jobs that have frequent contact with others, McCarthy said. That includes everyone from food bank volunteers and grocery store workers to in-home support service workers.
Starting the week of Monday, June 22, the clinic will provide tests for all.
"We're very happy we'll be able to provide that service in conjunction with the county for our residents in Mountain View and those residents who live in the North County," McCarthy said.
Last month, the county began operating a pop-up testing site using a newly launched mobile COVID-19 testing clinic. During its inaugural Memorial Day appearance at the Mountain View Community Center, the clinic tested nearly 500 people, McCarthy said. It returned on May 27, when it tested about 450 people.
The Shoreline testing site is launching this week alongside a new rotation of daily COVID-19 testing sites across the county, including one at Los Altos City Hall on Tuesday, June 16, followed by one at Palo Alto City Hall from Tuesday through Friday.
El Camino Hospital is also providing free testing, though it will only be available by appointment and for those who live, work or go to school within the El Camino Healthcare District. Testing is conducted in the Old Main hospital building from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the week, and anyone interested in getting a test from the hospital is asked to call 650-940-7022 a day in advance.
The El Camino Healthcare District's board of directors approved $2.4 million in funding to pay for the testing, with a goal of providing no-costs tests even to those who lack health insurance. District funding is typically restricted to public health programs that benefit residents within the district's boundaries. More information on the hospital's testing site is available on the district's website.