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COVID-19 testing site at Pleasanton fairgrounds winding down this week

Any resident of 3 Tri-Valley cities (older than 10) can get tested through Friday

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.

A look at a recent line at the COVID-19 regional testing site at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, which is open through May 29. (Photo courtesy of city of Pleasanton)

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.

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"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.

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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.

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COVID-19 testing site at Pleasanton fairgrounds winding down this week

Any resident of 3 Tri-Valley cities (older than 10) can get tested through Friday

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, May 27, 2020, 11:10 pm

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.

Comments

Carl
Pleasanton Village
on May 28, 2020 at 7:55 am
Carl, Pleasanton Village
on May 28, 2020 at 7:55 am
11 people like this

Winding down? Alameda County is the Bay Area's #1 problem child!
Cover this!
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Denise
Downtown
on May 28, 2020 at 10:02 am
Denise , Downtown
on May 28, 2020 at 10:02 am
6 people like this

Its troubling to know the testing is ending as we see cases increasing in recent weeks. I am extremely worried about the accuracy of data in our community going forward.


oxymoron
Mission Park
on May 28, 2020 at 11:57 am
oxymoron, Mission Park
on May 28, 2020 at 11:57 am
3 people like this

I agree, but sadly I feel like "accurate data" is now an oxymoron in our world.

Stay healthy


Lou Astbury
Kottinger Ranch
on May 28, 2020 at 12:23 pm
Lou Astbury, Kottinger Ranch
on May 28, 2020 at 12:23 pm
3 people like this

Why end it? Cases are still rising in our area and access to many of the other sites are restricted to the general public and not convenient to visit from the Tri-Valley.


SR
Pleasanton Valley
on May 28, 2020 at 12:51 pm
SR, Pleasanton Valley
on May 28, 2020 at 12:51 pm
Like this comment

The data leaves out a very important piece which is population size. Wouldnt it make sense to look at number of cases per population numbers to get true data as far as what counties have the most cases? So we need continued testing in every county I would think.


Hotslide
Oak Tree Acres
on May 28, 2020 at 3:44 pm
Hotslide, Oak Tree Acres
on May 28, 2020 at 3:44 pm
3 people like this

I believe they are closing because so few people are coming in for testing. I'm sure if this area was a hot spot it would stay open.


J
Parkside
on May 28, 2020 at 4:32 pm
J, Parkside
on May 28, 2020 at 4:32 pm
2 people like this

Hot spots are Oakland and Hayward in AC .. sad to see it go but Ptown I’m not a hot spot and I’m ok with Oakland and Hayward not coming to Pleasanton .. would make little sense.


Resident
Vintage Hills
on May 28, 2020 at 4:40 pm
Resident, Vintage Hills
on May 28, 2020 at 4:40 pm
Like this comment

It’s wrong to close it either way.... if not enough people are using it then do we really have an accurate count of Covid in this area? We just had a very popular take out restaurant close due to Covid. Numbers appear to be rising in Alameda County so why close? Any other testing place will prevent Tri-Valley residents from getting tested. Are they closing and people not utilizing the service because they want the numbers to be down and the area to be opened? It’s ludicrous really no matter how you look at it. Please Keep the testing for another month.


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on May 28, 2020 at 5:28 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on May 28, 2020 at 5:28 pm
3 people like this

We were tested at the fairgrounds last Wednesday. We arrived behind a line of cars at 1000 hours, we were tested at 1130 hours. When we left after being tested, the line of cars waiting to be tested was three times the length as when we arrived. So, there is no shortage of people wanting to be tested.


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on May 28, 2020 at 5:49 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on May 28, 2020 at 5:49 pm
1 person likes this

If I was the mayor or city council member I would be contacting Nate Miley to see what we could do to keep this testing continuing.


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on May 28, 2020 at 6:14 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on May 28, 2020 at 6:14 pm
Like this comment

I have just been informed that the "three Tri Valley city managers are in contact with Alameda County Health regarding access to supplies and lab space with the goal to keep the testing at the Fairgrounds ongoing".


Rich
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 28, 2020 at 8:12 pm
Rich, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 28, 2020 at 8:12 pm
4 people like this

135 confirmed cases in a valley of 250,000 residents? That's 0.05%. Why should the testing continue?


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Heights
on May 28, 2020 at 8:28 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Heights
on May 28, 2020 at 8:28 pm
3 people like this

@Rich:

Why testing should continue?

Because 0.05% of population testing positive is 0.05% too many!


Rich
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 28, 2020 at 8:51 pm
Rich, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 28, 2020 at 8:51 pm
2 people like this

"Because 0.05% of population testing positive is 0.05% too many! "

That's a nice catch phrase but what will continued testing here accomplish? So few people with symptoms tested positive that people with no symptoms were allowed to be tested. That suggests a need to spend their funding and use up test kits. Why not send the test kits where they are needed?


Jake Waters
Birdland
on May 28, 2020 at 9:02 pm
Jake Waters, Birdland
on May 28, 2020 at 9:02 pm
7 people like this

I’m not going to get into the drama of those that live in unsupported fear of this situation, however I believe you should read this article by Molly McCann in the Federalist- Web Link It’s entitled: ‘Mandatory Masks Are Not About Safety, They’re About Social Control.’ I am very concerned about a society that will be labeled- The New Society, to keep in line with all the other manipulative verbiage (new normal, we won’t be returning to the way things were, and more). By wanting more interference from Sacramento to control your lives, you are slowly giving away your freedoms. You appear eager for more legislation, codes, laws, and requirements to feel safe. The more you go down this rabbit hole, the harder it will be to turn around.

They control you with wearing masks, testing, fear of numbers that are not vetted or proven accurate, and may (and this is scary) require that you have to take the vaccine when created.

Calm down and think. Life is always a risk in what ever you do. You have a greater chance of dying in an automobile accident than from this. Suicide is going through the roof, but no one wants to talk about that.

I’m going out for a ride without my mask. Talk with you all later.


Bill
Pleasanton Heights
on May 29, 2020 at 10:36 am
Bill, Pleasanton Heights
on May 29, 2020 at 10:36 am
2 people like this

.05 is exactly why they should stay open.

We did an outstanding job sheltering. About half of Pleasanton was out and about at massive backyard parties last weekend. I saw elderly hugging and high fiving their grandchildren, who have been having play dates with other kids for weeks. Lots of denial. It has a LONG way to go in our town. I would be interested to see if there is a spike here in two or three weeks.


Jake Waters
Birdland
on May 29, 2020 at 7:51 pm
Jake Waters, Birdland
on May 29, 2020 at 7:51 pm
Like this comment

“Lots of denial,” but I would say it is justifiably so. Furthermore, it’s difficult to understand what a ‘LONG way to go in our town’ means. People are losing their jobs and businesses every day and there isn’t any data to back it up. We have no idea what Pleasanton is going to look like if we keep this posture going.


BobB
Vintage Hills Elementary School
on May 29, 2020 at 8:29 pm
BobB, Vintage Hills Elementary School
on May 29, 2020 at 8:29 pm
2 people like this

@Jake Waters,

Bill Gates isn't trying to tag you with some kind of tracking device. Stay away from the weird anti-vaxxer web sites and unscientific garage.


Patriot
Birdland
on Jun 22, 2020 at 11:07 am
Patriot , Birdland
on Jun 22, 2020 at 11:07 am
1 person likes this

We need this testing to continue! My son was told twice he could not be tested as they reached their capacity. Both times waiting for hours. This was such a wise decision by our community. So sad to see it end. And his job is essential to food service!


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