News Release: Expanded FREE COVID-19 Testing for High-Risk Individuals in East San José
For Immediate Release
Rosario Neaves, Director of Communications/EPIO, City of San José
County of Santa Clara Emergency Operations Center/Public Health Department
Expanded FREE COVID-19 Testing for High-Risk Individuals in East San José
City of San José and County of Santa Clara announce new East San José testing sitein collaboration with Verily
SAN JOSE, Calif. (May 4, 2020) – The City of San José and County of Santa Clara have facilitated a new drive-through COVID-19 testing site in East San José on Monday, May 4, in collaboration with Verily’s Baseline COVID-19 Program.
The new California community-based testing site, at PAL Stadium, supplements a testing site at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds that opened in March.
Santa Clara County residents can use the Baseline COVID-19 Program online screener and appointment scheduling system at www.projectbaseline.com/COVID19 to screen their symptoms and, if eligible, make an appointment for testing. The website is available in English and Spanish.
The free screening and testing are a service of the state of California through Verily, an Alphabet company. Health insurance is not required. Medical care is not provided on site.
“This partnership with Verily critically boosts the diagnostic testing we need to dramatically increase to safely re-open our economy,” said San José Mayor Sam Liccardo. “Thanks to everyone on the Google/Verily team, particularly Javier Gonzales, who have responded to our urging to significantly expand our COVID-19 testing in San Jose.”
“We want everybody in our community to have access to testing. That is the goal,” said Cindy Chavez, President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.
Beginning May 4, testing in San José will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through
Friday by appointment only at PAL Stadium, located at 680 S. 34th St., as well as the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, located at 344 Tully Road. Each site will have the capacity to serve several hundred people per day. The schedule of testing, including hours of operation, may be adjusted over time to meet community needs.
City of San José staff will assist with directing vehicles at the PAL Stadium testing site. Detailed signage at the site guiding customers will be displayed in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Customers with appointments may also access the site on foot.
The Baseline COVID-19 Program is an effort to expand access to COVID-19 screening and testing in areas with a high volume of known cases, while enabling public health officials to target testing efforts. Verily developed the program in collaboration with the state of California. The Baseline COVID-19 Program is a connected solution to support individuals from screening through testing and receipt of their test results, which is done under physician direction.
The testing program is first focusing on high-risk populations. Eligibility for testing is defined by the California Department of Public Health and may be updated to reflect the latest guidance from public health authorities. Eligible persons must be 18 years or older and willing to electronically sign a COVID-19 Public Health Authorization Form and Lab Consent.
Priority for testing will be given to people with symptoms like fever, cough or shortness of breath. Asymptomatic frontline workers who may have been exposed to COVID-19, such as first responders or those who work in health care or correctional facilities, are also eligible for testing.
For more information about the Baseline COVID-19 Program, visit www.projectbaseline.com/COVID19 (English) or www.projectbaseline.com/intl/es-419/study/covid-19/ (Spanish).
About the City of San José
With more than one million residents, San José is one of the most diverse large cities in the United States and is Northern California’s largest city and the 10th largest city in the nation. San José’s transformation into a global innovation center has resulted in one of the largest concentrations of technology companies and expertise in the world. In 2011, the City adopted Envision San José 2040, a long-term growth plan that sets forth a vision and a comprehensive road map to guide the City’s anticipated growth through the year 2040.
About Santa Clara County
The County of Santa Clara government serves a diverse, multi-cultural population of 1.9 million residents in Santa Clara County, the sixth largest county in California. With more than 70 agencies/departments and nearly 22,000 employees, the County of Santa Clara plans for the needs of a dynamic community, offers quality services, and promotes a healthy, safe and prosperous community for all. The County provides essential services, such as public health and environmental protection; behavioral health and medical services through the County of Santa Clara Health System, including Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (Hospital and Clinics), O’Connor Hospital and Saint Louise Regional Hospital; child and adult protection services; homelessness prevention and solutions; roads, parks and libraries; emergency response to disasters; protection of minority communities and those under threat; access to a fair criminal justice system, and scores of other services, particularly for those members of our community in the greatest need.
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