Who Should Get Tested
Individuals falling within the following categories should seek COVID-19 testing:
- Anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
- Persons notified by San Mateo County Public Health as being “high risk” or a “close contact” of a confirmed case, or
- Anyone meeting the current criteria for available testing as identified by the most recent California Department of Public Health testing guidance.
Prioritizing testing for these groups helps ensure those patients with the highest risk of infection are quickly identified and can isolate.
Where to Get Tested
If you have any form of health insurance, your first stop for testing should be your primary care physician or local medical clinic. This is the best way to get follow-up care right away, and you may also get your results faster.
For Health Plan of San Mateo members: contact your primary care provider (PCP), or HPSM’s Nurse Advice Line at 833-846-8773 if you don’t have a PCP. For more information, visit HPSM.
Stanford Medicine offers testing options for both Stanford patients and the public generally. First responders and essential workers will be given priority for testing and results delivery, regardless whether the individual is a Stanford patient. Visit Stanford Medicine's page for more information.
To find additional local testing sites, visit the state’s testing site locator. Patients with health insurance should check whether the cost of the test can be covered by insurance.
Testing is no-cost and available to anyone without restriction and without regard to insurance coverage, although an appointment is required in advance. To make an appointment, residents can visit Project Baseline’s website. Registration opens 72 hours before testing dates.
Remember to bring your photo ID and the reference ID from your confirmation email.
If you don't have access to the internet, an on-site volunteer may be able to help you register and get tested.
UPDATE: Those being tested can now swab their nostrils themselves. Watch the videos above for details about the testing procedure.
After being tested, residents will receive results and other information by email. San Mateo County Health will reach out to residents who test positive.
TESTING LOCATIONS AND DATES
(Registration opens 72 hours before testing dates. Testing is open to all.)
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 14 (followed by the full list of scheduled dates and addresses)
Monday, Sep. 14: San Mateo
Tuesday, Sep. 15: Daly City
Wednesday, Sep. 16: Daly City
Thursday, Sep. 17: East Palo Alto
Friday, Sep. 18: East Palo Alto
SATURDAY, SEP. 19: SAN MATEO (this date was added due to cancellations earlier this week because of poor air quality)
Jefferson Union High School District Office
699 Serramonte Boulevard
Daly City Testing Dates
Tuesday, September 15 (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Wednesday, September 16 (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
EAST PALO ALTO
2160 Euclid Ave.
East Palo Alto Testing Dates
Thursday, September 17 (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Friday, September 18 (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
HALF MOON BAY
Our Lady of the Pillar
565 Kelly Avenue
Half Moon Bay Testing Dates
Tuesday, September 22 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Tuesday, September 29 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
NORTH FAIR OAKS
Stanford Parking Lot
2685 Bay Road
North Fair Oaks Testing Dates
Thursday, September 24 (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Friday, September 25 (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Thursday, October 1 (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Friday, October 2 (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
975 Sneath Lane
San Bruno Testing Dates
Wednesday, September 23 (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Wednesday, September 30 (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
San Mateo County Event Center
1346 Saratoga Drive
San Mateo Testing Dates
Monday, September 14 (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.) Date added due to cancellations earler this week because of poor air quality.
Monday, September 21 (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Monday, September 28 (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
What if I don’t have health insurance and need help obtaining coverage?
Contact the San Mateo County Health Coverage Unit (HCU) at 650-616-2002 or email@example.com for screening and enrollment assistance with public health coverage programs such as Medi-Cal, Covered California and ACE. For the HCU hotline, please leave a message with your name and contact information and a Community Health Advocate will return your call within 24 hours.
Apply online at www.coveredca.com.
What if I test positive?
On April 6, 2020, the San Mateo County Health Officer issued mass isolation and quarantine orders for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. They must isolate themselves and not leave their home or other residence except to receive necessary medical care or during an emergency that requires evacuation.
What if I am in close contact with someone who is positive?
Close contacts of those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 need to stay home even though they may not feel sick. They must remain in quarantine for 14 days and follow the social distancing requirements described in the health officer’s Shelter in Place Order.