Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore residents have two more days to access the COVID-19 regional testing site at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.
The site, which started out open only to symptomatic or vulnerable residents but expanded earlier this month to asymptomatic residents as well, will administer its final test this Friday (May 29) after five weeks, according to all three cities.
It is offering up to 200 tests per day for residents of the three cities, 10 years old or older, with no appointment required and no out-of-pocket expense. The program is the result of a partnership among the city governments of Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore with Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare and the fairgrounds.
"Testing access for our communities has been crucial in identifying and isolating infected residents to slow and stop the spread of the virus," Pleasanton City Manager Nelson Fialho told the Weekly.
"The city's joint partnership with Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare, cities of Dublin and Livermore, and the Alameda County Fairgrounds has been critical in implementing this regional testing site for our three cities, and is another key step in protecting the health and safety of our residents," he said.
"I am hopeful this expanded access to testing will help provide a pathway forward towards being able to re-open our communities more aggressively," Fialho added.
The testing site is scheduled to operate from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Thursday and Friday at the fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Availability has been 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.
The program debuted on April 27, and 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 chronic disease or otherwise compromised immune system.
On May 18, organizers opened the testing up to all residents of the three cities (10 years old and above), regardless of symptoms. The same will be true for these final two days.
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 have not been specified publicly. City officials referred inquiries to Stanford-ValleyCare reps, who 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, 59 positive cases have been confirmed in Pleasanton residents, 50 in Livermore and 26 in Dublin throughout the COVID-19 crisis, as of data through Tuesday. That compares to 3,049 positive cases and 93 deaths across Alameda County.