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The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

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Get tested for COVID-19

People who live or work in Berkeley and have COVID-19 symptoms can get tested at the City's testing site in West Berkeley. There is no charge for the test.

Make an appointment

(510) 981-5380

Testing available to Berkeley residents and workers with COVID-19 symptoms. Appointment line operates Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm.

Who can get tested

Testing is available to anyone who:

  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • fever
  • chills
  • repeated shaking with chills
  • muscle pain
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • new loss of taste or smell

Walk-through and drive-thru testing is available. You must wear a face covering when you visit the test site.

You do not need medical insurance to get tested and will not be charged for the test.

Scheduling a test

To schedule a test, call our screening line Monday-Friday, 9am to 4pm: (510) 981-5380.

A Berkeley Public Health nurse will screen you and arrange an appointment.

After your test

You will get results in 2 business days.

If your test is positive, Berkeley Public Health will contact you to provide information on isolation and begin the investigation and contact tracing process to identify others who may have been exposed.

The City of Berkeley does not provide follow-up care. If you test positive, you will need to contact your doctor for care. If you don't have insurance, we will we connect you to a health care provider for the uninsured.

Other ways to get tested

If you have a health care provider, we recommend calling them first. Testing capacity has greatly expanded in recent weeks, and most providers are now able to provide tests quickly to anyone with symptoms.

Use these resources to find testing locations convenient to you:

Types of COVID-19 testing

There are two different types of COVID-19 tests: viral and anitbody. Viral tests, the type conducted at our test site, tell you if you are currently infected.

Antibody tests may identify whether you've been infected previously. The regional indicators do not include antibody testing at this time, because the science regarding interpretation and validation of antibody testing is still in flux.

The CDC website explains more about the different types of COVID-19 tests, and offers guidance for those seeking either type of testing.

Last updated May 7, 2020


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