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Mountain View hosts downtown COVID-19 testing site for frontline workers

Tifannie Lai watches as Prudence Frankel, a travel nurse, prepares to test her for COVID-19 at a walk-up mobile testing site in May. The city of Mountain View will host a one-day pop-up testing site for frontline workers. Testing will take place July 8 at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

The city of Mountain View will be hosting a pop-up COVID-19 testing site on Wednesday, designated specifically for asymptomatic frontline workers who may have contracted the coronavirus.

The one-day testing will be available at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, located at 500 Castro St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 8. The tests will be free, and no health insurance or doctor's note will be required.

Unlike the drive-through testing site at the Shoreline Athletic Fields, which is available to all residents throughout the week, the downtown tests will only be provided for one day — and only to residents who are deemed essential or "frontline" workers.

Frontline workers include anyone who regularly interacts with the public, including first responders, retail staff, food delivery workers and grocery store clerks, according to the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.

County health officials have encouraged frontline workers in recent months to proactively get tested for COVID-19, even if they have no symptoms of the illness. In May, the county had advised all workers frequently in contact with the public to get tested immediately and again once every month going forward.

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The county's emphasis on the seemingly healthy comes at a time when researchers are warning of rapid "silent transmission" of the virus, which is partly to blame for COVID-19 spreading like wildfire. Recent studies suggest that asymptomatic and "presymptomatic" transmission may be responsible for the majority of the documented cases, creating a serious logistical challenge for public health officials who have relied on symptom-based isolation.

Those who are exposed to COVID-19 may not feel any symptoms for up to 14 days.

"The County recommends that these employees get tested even if they have no symptoms at all," according to a recent statement. "Testing can identify the infection before a person feels unwell or before they spread it to another person with potentially deadly consequences."

Those with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are asked not to come to the testing site Wednesday, and are instead being asked to call their doctor to be evaluated for testing in another location. Symptoms include a fever, cough or shortness of breath, chills, vomiting and a loss of smell or taste.

Testing results will be available via phone within four days, but participants may get a call as soon as the day after. People who test negative will receive an email within five days.

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Residents who are not frontline workers and want to get tested can go to the testing site at the Shoreline Athletic Fields, located at 2450 Garcia Avenue. The site is run by Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and provides drive-through testing to all residents Monday through Thursday. Participants will be required to show a photo ID and a health insurance card if they have insurance. The tests are free and provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Mountain View hosts downtown COVID-19 testing site for frontline workers

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Uploaded: Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 1:11 pm

The city of Mountain View will be hosting a pop-up COVID-19 testing site on Wednesday, designated specifically for asymptomatic frontline workers who may have contracted the coronavirus.

The one-day testing will be available at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, located at 500 Castro St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 8. The tests will be free, and no health insurance or doctor's note will be required.

Unlike the drive-through testing site at the Shoreline Athletic Fields, which is available to all residents throughout the week, the downtown tests will only be provided for one day — and only to residents who are deemed essential or "frontline" workers.

Frontline workers include anyone who regularly interacts with the public, including first responders, retail staff, food delivery workers and grocery store clerks, according to the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.

County health officials have encouraged frontline workers in recent months to proactively get tested for COVID-19, even if they have no symptoms of the illness. In May, the county had advised all workers frequently in contact with the public to get tested immediately and again once every month going forward.

The county's emphasis on the seemingly healthy comes at a time when researchers are warning of rapid "silent transmission" of the virus, which is partly to blame for COVID-19 spreading like wildfire. Recent studies suggest that asymptomatic and "presymptomatic" transmission may be responsible for the majority of the documented cases, creating a serious logistical challenge for public health officials who have relied on symptom-based isolation.

Those who are exposed to COVID-19 may not feel any symptoms for up to 14 days.

"The County recommends that these employees get tested even if they have no symptoms at all," according to a recent statement. "Testing can identify the infection before a person feels unwell or before they spread it to another person with potentially deadly consequences."

Those with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are asked not to come to the testing site Wednesday, and are instead being asked to call their doctor to be evaluated for testing in another location. Symptoms include a fever, cough or shortness of breath, chills, vomiting and a loss of smell or taste.

Testing results will be available via phone within four days, but participants may get a call as soon as the day after. People who test negative will receive an email within five days.

Residents who are not frontline workers and want to get tested can go to the testing site at the Shoreline Athletic Fields, located at 2450 Garcia Avenue. The site is run by Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and provides drive-through testing to all residents Monday through Thursday. Participants will be required to show a photo ID and a health insurance card if they have insurance. The tests are free and provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Ivana
Old Mountain View
on Jul 9, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Ivana, Old Mountain View
on Jul 9, 2020 at 2:00 pm
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If this type of testing is repeated in the future, would the teachers who are back in the classroom be considered front line workers?


The Business Man
Old Mountain View
on Jul 9, 2020 at 3:50 pm
The Business Man, Old Mountain View
on Jul 9, 2020 at 3:50 pm
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Notice there is no population testing yet?

The reality is that we do not know who has COVID in the general public until they come down with symptoms.

The REALITY is that the tests are under counting because of both the people being tested and the delay in testing reagents and labs.

This is NOT controlling the Virus, it is behind the virus as much as 14 days given that it can take that long to see a person get symptoms enough to report to the hospital and get tested.

These are SCIENTIFIC facts.

In fact the waste of efforts just in trying to get testing done and not getting any new medicines to treat it or getting a vaccine developed.

We are in the beginning of what we experienced with Polio, and that took as much as 10 years to get a vaccine. Fortunately Polio didn't occur now, it would have killed millions more and disabled more millions. During Polio the majority of people didn't have cars, nor used busing and trains, let alone planes.

What happened to the excellence of private sector healthcare?


Gary
Sylvan Park
on Jul 10, 2020 at 5:00 am
Gary, Sylvan Park
on Jul 10, 2020 at 5:00 am
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CNN this Friday morning is airing an interview with a doctor- professor in Australia where schools are reopening. The disaster has begun. Kids spread coronavirus.


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