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

Original post made on May 28, 2020

Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore residents have two more days to access the COVID-19 regional testing site at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 11:10 PM


Posted by Carl
a resident of Pleasanton Village
on May 28, 2020 at 7:55 am

Winding down? Alameda County is the Bay Area's #1 problem child!
Cover this!
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Posted by Denise
a resident of Downtown
on May 28, 2020 at 10:02 am

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.

Posted by oxymoron
a resident of Mission Park
on May 28, 2020 at 11:57 am

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

Stay healthy

Posted by Lou Astbury
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on May 28, 2020 at 12:23 pm

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.

Posted by SR
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 28, 2020 at 12:51 pm

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.

Posted by Hotslide
a resident of Oak Tree Acres
on May 28, 2020 at 3:44 pm

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.

Posted by J
a resident of Parkside
on May 28, 2020 at 4:32 pm

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.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 28, 2020 at 4:40 pm

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.

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 28, 2020 at 5:28 pm

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.

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 28, 2020 at 5:49 pm

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.

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 28, 2020 at 6:14 pm

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".

Posted by Rich
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 28, 2020 at 8:12 pm

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

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on May 28, 2020 at 8:28 pm


Why testing should continue?

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

Posted by Rich
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 28, 2020 at 8:51 pm

"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?

Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on May 28, 2020 at 9:02 pm

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.

Posted by Bill
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on May 29, 2020 at 10:36 am

.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.

Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on May 29, 2020 at 7:51 pm

“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.

Posted by BobB
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on May 29, 2020 at 8:29 pm

@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.

Posted by Patriot
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 22, 2020 at 11:07 am

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!