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3 New Pop-Up COVID-19 Testing Sites Open in Santa Clara County

The walk-up testing sites feature free, easy nasal swab tests that do not require an appointment, symptoms, insurance or doctor's note

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Santa Clara County has opened three additional COVID-19 diagnostic testing centers with two locations in San Jose and one location in Gilroy.

The walk-up testing sites feature free, easy nasal swab tests that do not require an appointment, symptoms, insurance or a doctor's note. The tests are also offered to people regardless of immigration status.

The San Jose testing locations are at Independence High School C Commons at 617 N. Jackson Avenue and the County of Santa Clara Service Center Auditorium at 1555 Berger Road. Both sites will be open Tuesday, July 14, through Friday, July 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Gilroy testing site is at South County Annex at 9300 Wren Avenue and will be open Tuesday, July 14, through Friday, July 17, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The county changes the locations of testing sites weekly based on assessment of testing needs. Each testing location can conduct 500 tests a day, promoting the county's goal of increasing overall testing, especially in communities that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

Santa Clara County urges those who already have symptoms and are a higher risk to the public to get tested by calling a doctor or scheduling an appointment though one of the community-based drives.

There are currently more than 50 COVID-19 testing locations in Santa Clara County and can be found at sccfreetest.org or by calling 2-1-1. The site is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog and Chinese.

A June 10 Health Officer Order also requires large healthcare systems to offer testing to people it covers or patients who are symptomatic, front-line workers or have significant interaction with the public. People can take a virtual tour of a testing site to know what to expect.

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