Coronavirus Testing in Palo Alto
There are several free COVID-19 testing providers in Palo Alto, with new sites being added. Check back later as additional testing locations will be added to this page as they are brought up and running.
Free Testing Provided by Curative in Palo Alto
Curative, a local company providing COVID-19 testing in several other communities including East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and within San Mateo County, operates two free testing locations in Palo Alto! The City of Palo Alto and Curative are partnering together to offer increased testing options to the community. Appointments are encouraged. Walk-ups may be unavailable due to high demand.
Mitchell Park Kiosk
Appointments can be booked up to four days in advance through Curative's Mitchell Park kiosk scheduler. Walk-ups may be unavailable due to high demand.
- Location: Mitchell Park (kiosk is located next to the public restrooms in the park)
- Address: 600 E Meadow Dr, Palo Alto, CA 94303
- Hours: Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. & Sundays, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Schedule a testing appointment at the Mitchell Park Kiosk
Appointments can be booked up to four days in advance through Curative's City Hall scheduler. Walk-ups may be unavailable due to high demand.
- Location: City Hall (on the Ramona St. side)
- Address: 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301
- Parking: Free parking is available on A Level of the underground parking garage.
- Date: Every Wednesday
- Time: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Schedule a testing appointment at City Hall
Additional Details About Curative
Testing is free to the individual, including those without insurance, and documentation status is neither required or reported. If you have insurance, please bring your information with you.
Have questions or want to learn more? Visit www.curative.com to learn more about their self-administered oral PCR test and call (888) 702-9042 or email email@example.com with questions. Check out this brief video of the testing swabbing process – it is a self-administered cheek swab: how to perform the test.
Free Testing Provided by Santa Clara County
Santa Clara County provides free testing by appointment only at the Palo Alto Art Center twice a month. Testing appointments will be available 7 days in advance of the testing dates.
Palo Alto Art Center
- Date: November 23 and 30
- Note: These will be the final testing dates at the Art Center
- Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- By appointment only
- Testing will be at Palo Alto Art Center in the Auditorium, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Schedule a testing appointment at the Palo Alto Art Center
Appointments are available 7 days in advance of test site opening. If the Palo Alto Art Center does not appear as a testing location on the appointment scheduler website, it is because all appointments are taken.
Find Other Free Testing Locations
Santa Clara County offers COVID-19 testing that is free, easy, and safe at more than 50 sites across the county. There are many choices to meet your needs, including drive-thru, walk-up, and bike lane options. Find more information at sccgov.org.
In addition to obtaining a referral for testing by your primary physician, the Project Baseline system can be used to get screened online. Those with a likelihood of needing a test will be directed to drive-through testing sites in Santa Clara County, or San Mateo County depending on proximity and available appointments.
Stanford Medicine expanded priority COVID-19 testing at their multiple drive-through sites to include essential workers such as first responders, those employed in grocery stores/food delivery, restaurants, drug stores, laundry, banks and financial services, waste management and utilities, and health care professions, such as caregivers, home health and nursing homes, public service personnel, and more. Stanford Medicine seeks to reach those workers at greater risk because of their front-line work. Essential workers who download the Stanford Medicine app can either click on a link to the MyHealth program or call a phone number provided through the app. Those who don’t have an Apple iOS device can call (650) 498-9000 to start their evaluation.
Individuals do not have to be active patients of Stanford Health Care in order to be tested.
Results from the COVID-19 tests are typically available within 24 hours; and out-of-pocket costs for screening and testing services are not billed to patients, per government mandates.
Finding a Testing Site throughout California
We are still expected to stay as close to home as possible, but if you happen to find yourself elsewhere in California for essential business or allowed activities, you can locate COVID-19 testing sites up to 100 miles from any zip code, city, or address.
Find a Testing Site Near You