The COVID-19 regional testing site at the Alameda County Fairgrounds will start its fourth week on Monday by opening the service up to all asymptomatic residents for the first time, officials said on Friday.
Going forward, any resident of the cities of Pleasanton, Dublin or Livermore -- 10 years old or older -- can now receive a COVID-19 test being administered by Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare without an appointment and no out-of-pocket expense. Previously, a patient needed to be symptomatic, exposed or meet certain health criteria to get a test.
"We encourage ALL residents to get tested," Pleasanton city officials said in their weekly COVID-19 newsletter.
The testing site operates from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Availability is limited to 1,200 testing kits per week.
Participants do not need a physician referral or an appointment. All medical insurance will be accepted and billed, but residents will not need to pay anything onsite, Stanford-ValleyCare officials said.
Those who are tested will need to provide a phone number or email to receive results and follow-up instructions. Test results may take up to 72 hours.
A partnership among the three cities, the fairgrounds and Stanford-ValleyCare, the program debuted on April 27. But for the first three weeks, participants needed to meet at least one of the pre-set criteria such as high fever, shortness of breath, confirmed or potential exposure to COVID-19, be aged 65 years old or older, or have a chronic disease or compromised immune system.
Testing occurs at Pleasanton fairgrounds, via the entrance at Gate 12 off Valley Avenue. If the testing site needs to close early due to the daily capacity running out, a sign will be posted at Gate 12 before 1 p.m., officials said.
Results (positive or negative) recorded at the fairgrounds site are not being specified publicly at this time. Stanford-ValleyCare officials declined to confirm and deferred comment on the data to Alameda County Public Health Department, which has not responded to the Weekly's request for comment.
Any confirmed positive result would presumably be included, anonymously, in each city's confirmed case count reported by the ACPHD.
Overall, 57 positive cases have been confirmed in Pleasanton residents, 45 in Livermore and 26 in Dublin throughout the COVID-19 crisis, as of Saturday. That compares to 2,392 positive cases and 83 deaths across Alameda County.