The regional COVID-19 testing site at the Alameda County Fairgrounds for residents of Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore will continue operating through August, Pleasanton city officials announced Friday.
The hours will reduce by one for the weekday-only testing site, running from 9 a.m. to noon, starting on Monday (July 13). The supply allows for a maximum of 200 individual tests per day.
The drive-thru operation is open to any resident of the three cities, 10 years old or older, regardless of symptoms -- with no appointment necessary and no out-of-pocket expense. The testing is to determine whether a person is currently infected with COVID-19, according to Pleasanton city officials.
"With daily testing capacity being reached, and the county continuing to consider the next phase of reopening, we felt it was critical the test site remain open through August. At which time, we will re-evaluate the continued need," Pleasanton City Manager Nelson Fialho told the Weekly.
"We are thankful for our city partners, Dublin and Livermore, as well as Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare for their expertise and the Alameda County Fairgrounds for providing the space to host this important East County resource in Pleasanton," he added.
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 COVID-19 symptoms, known or suspected exposure, or fall into an at-risk category. On May 18, organizers opened the testing up to all residents of the three cities (10 years old and above), including those asymptomatic.
The testing center, which had had a weekly capacity of 1,200 individual tests, was scheduled to cease operations this Friday (July 10) before the partner agencies agreed to extend it through Aug. 31.
Now with a limit of 1,000 tests per week, the facility will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays -- for up to 200 individual tests per day. If the site reaches capacity before noon, a sign will be posted at the Gate 12 entrance to the fairgrounds, officials said.
Test results can take up to 72 hours to arrive. Patients will need to provide a phone number or email address to receive their result and follow-up information, officials said.
"Testing is available to patients with or without a physician order. All insurances are accepted and will be billed, but there will be no out-of-pocket costs. Those without insurance will have the cost of testing waived. Cash pay fees are waived," Dublin city officials said.
The testing site can be accessed via the fairgrounds' Gate 12, located off Valley Avenue in Pleasanton.