PALO ALTO, CALIF. –The City of Palo Alto, in partnership with Santa Clara County, is opening a free temporary COVID-19 testing site in the lobby of Palo Alto City Hall from Tuesday, June 16 through Friday June 19. County medical staff and City of Palo Alto staff teams will be on-site to provide free COVID-19 nasal swab tests on a walk-in basis between the hours of 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
“It’s great to bring COVID-19 testing to the downtown area, so employees working in the area and our regional community at-large can get access to testing. We are grateful for the county’s willingness to work with us to make this free and available for everyone,” said Adrian Fine, mayor of Palo Alto.
The test is free and open to anyone in the public who is asymptomatic and wants to be tested. You do not need to be a resident of Palo Alto to be tested. No insurance or doctor note is required. If you are sick, or have symptoms of COVID-19, you should contact your health care provider.
Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, who pushed the City-County partnership, said, “Kudos to the City of Palo Alto in particular for helping with a location and logistics, which are indispensable to the success of these efforts. We can do so much more when we partner in these efforts,” said Simitian. "And given the scope of the challenges we’re facing right now, partnerships like this one are going to be essential.”
Simitian noted that, “With more and more people going back to work and getting out into the community, it's particularly important that folks know whether or not they are virus free. And frankly, our County’s Public Health Officer can’t make good decisions for the entire county if we don’t have good data from throughout the entire county."
Each test should take about five-minutes and will be processed through Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. The results will then be mailed within a week through the mail or email, depending on individual preference provided during the testing processing. If the results are positive, individuals will receive a call with instructions on what to do next within 48 hrs.
Palo Alto Councilmember Liz Kniss is a former health care professional who has been a major proponent of bringing testing to Palo Alto and north Santa Clara County. “I see great value in having those who work in Palo Alto, being tested whether restaurant employee, retail clerk, dentist, physician or job hunter, testing gives reassurance to both the employee and employer. And for the public, knowing that our city is a safe place to live, work and recreate is of great importance. As more and more business and recreational opportunities and activities open, having widespread testing is a key first step to helping the community regain peace of mind and return to a sense of normalcy.”
Palo Alto City Hall is located at 250 Hamilton Avenue with underground parking that is free to the public. Please note, only the plaza elevators on the north side of the garage will be open. There are also staircases leading to the plaza area, where access to the lobby can be gained. Several public parking garages and public parking spaces are adjacent to City Hall.
For more information on COVID-19 testing go to: www.cityofpaloalto.org/Testing
For the Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s website dedicated to COVID-19, go here: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/home.aspx
For additional testing locations, provided by Santa Clara County, go here: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/covid19-testing.aspx
For other pop-up testing locations, like Palo Alto’s go here: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/Pop-Up-Testing-Sites.aspx