COVID-19 Updates: See cityofberkeley.info/covid19 for news, information, and status of City services.

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.

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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Get tested for COVID-19

If you're concerned you've been exposed to COVID-19, get tested.

Anyone who lives or works in Berkeley can get tested for free at State and City-run testing locations.

Schedule a test

Tests are by appointment only. Make an appointment online to be tested at the State of California testing site in south Berkeley.

You'll need to complete a brief questionnaire and create an account. When you've completed your registration, you will receive a patient ID number. You'll need this number to log in and schedule your test.

After logging in, you can make an appointment in Berkeley or at any other State testing facility. The test site is located at:

Schedule a test
MLK, Jr. Youth Services Center
1730 Oregon St.
Berkeley, CA 94703

You can also register by phone. Call 888-634-1123.

Wear a face covering when you visit the test site.

Additional testing options

Testing through your health care provider

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.

Other testing locations

Use these resources to find testing locations convenient to you:

After your test

Due to the increasingly high volume of tests at State and City of Berkeley testing sites, you should expect results within 6-8 days. You will be contacted by phone if your test is positive with instructions on isolation and to begin the contact tracing process. 

Types of COVID-19 testing

There are two different types of COVID-19 tests: viral and anitbody. Viral tests, the type conducted at the Berkeley test sites, 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.

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We want everyone to know about their testing options. Help promote getting tested by downloading and sharing these flyers.

Last updated July 2, 2020


Questions? Contact covid19@cityofberkeley.info.

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