Everyone is required to stay home, except for essential needs. When out, protect yourself and those around you by wearing a face covering, staying 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands often. Learn more at cityofberkeley.info/covid19. City offices are closed to the public. Some services are available remotely.

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.

City Council Live Stream: Please visit https://www.cityofberkeley.info/CalendarEventWebcastMain.aspx

ZAB Live Stream: Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx.

The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

PG&E is reporting a widespread outage affecting thousands of customers in Berkeley and many City buildings, including the Finance Customer Service Center and the Permit Service Center. Call respective City services for further details, or check the PG&E outage page. Power is expected to return by 12:45pm. Traffic lights that are not working should be treated as a four-way stop sign.

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The Optum and Curative COVID-19 testing sites will be closed Thursday, November 25 for Thanksgiving Day.

Get tested for COVID-19

If you're concerned you've been exposed to COVID-19, get tested. The City coordinates several COVID-19 testing sites, which are available to all. 

When to get tested

Getting tested is essential in helping slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities by identifying those who have the virus so they can get treated and isolate from others to lower the spread. There are many different reasons someone should get tested including if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, if they have been exposed or possibly exposed to COVID-19, or anyone or is required to get tested such as a for work.

COVID-19 Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. You can learn about more possible symptoms on the CDC COVID-19 Symptom page. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, get tested. You can also use the CDC's Symptom Checker tool to help you make decisions on when to seek testing and medical care.

After exposure to COVID-19

People who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested to check for infection along with following Quarantine Protocol. Visit our Quarantine Information page to learn more information including instructions on when to test after exposure.  

Where to get tested

Testing is widely available for all who wish to be tested at various testing locations such as at locally coordinated sites and pop-ups to your local pharmacy.

  • Through your health care provider
  •  State of California (Optum) test sites in Berkeley: Schedule a test for Berkeley sites or any Optum test location online or by phone at 888-634-1123
    • West Berkeley Service Center
      1900 6th St.
      Registration and Appointment required via online or 888-634-1123
    • Mobile Testing Pop-ups: Weekly rotating pop-up sites
      Tuesdays at Harold Way in downtown Berkeley, between Kittredge & Allston
      Wednesdays in the parking lot at the corner of San Pablo and Heinz
      Registration and appointment required
      Pop-up sites operate from 7am-7pm on designated day 
  • Testing kiosk on San Pablo: Self-collected nasal swab testing is available by appointment:
    • Curative test kiosk
      1701 San Pablo, Berkeley Adult School parking lot
      The kiosk is open every day from 9am - 4pm.
      Appointments preferred. Walk-ups accepted as availability allows.
      Make an appointment online
  • Local pharmacies: Testing is available at local neighborhood pharmacies including CVS and Walgreens
  • Test locations in Alameda County
  • California COVID-19 testing locator   

After a positive test

If you live in Berkeley and test positive, Berkeley Public Health will contact you with information on self-isolating and to begin the process of investigation and contact tracing. If you live outside of Berkeley, your local public health jurisdiction will provide this information - regardless of where you completed your test. Anyone that tests positive for COVID-19 should immediately begin to isolate.

COVID-19 advice line for uninsured

If you do not have insurance or have Medi-Cal but no regular doctor, the State's Medi-Nurse line can assist you with your COVID-19 symptom questions and connect you with local resources. The Medi-Nurse advice line can help advise if your symptoms might be COVID-19 related and what the best next steps are including advising if you should get tested for COVID-19 and/or see a health care provider for treatment. The Medi-Nurse line is available 24/7, 7 days a week at (877) 409-9052​​.

Those ​that have insurance should seek advice from their medical provider for questions regarding COVID-19 symptom questions.

Testing for Travel

If you're looking for testing for travel purposes, state, local, and territorial governments may have travel restrictions in place, including testing requirements.

Different destinations and airlines have testing requirements that can vary on required timing, approved test type, and preferred test locations. Check with your airline and destination for their specific requirements. Sites coordinated by the City do not have guaranteed turnaround times.


Last updated November 25, 2021

Questions? Contact covid19@cityofberkeley.info.

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