Testing & Care Facilities
MONTEREY Testing Site
A drive-thru testing site for Monterey will open starting on Monday, May 18th, at Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) and will run through June 15th. The hours are Monday from 9 a.m - 12 p.m, and starting Tuesday will extend 9 a.m - 12 p.m and 1 p.m - 4 p.m. They can test up to 100 people per day. Enter MPC campus from Fremont Street and go to Parking Lot D (near Student Services building).
Check the website frequently as testing times vary due to location availability and will be determined week to week based on the community need.
For more information, and answers to frequently asked questions, Click Here.
SALINAS and GREENFIELD Testing Sites
Following Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent announcement to add more than 80 community testing sites across the state focused on underserved communities, Monterey County launched two testing sites in Salinas and Greenfield on May 6th. These two community testing sites are now open every week, Tuesdays to Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
As of May 11th 2020, the general public is invited to register for an appointment. You do not need to be experiencing symptoms to be tested.
Salinas Location: Alisal High School, located at 777 Williams Road, Salinas CA 93905
Greenfield Location: Greenfield Branch Library, located at 315 El Camino Real, Greenfield CA 93927
Testing will be by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling 1-888-634-1123 or visiting https://lhi.care/covidtesting. Please note that phone registration will only be used for people without internet access. Individuals will need to provide their insurance card and valid identification at the time of check-in. A unique identification number will be provided for those that do not have a valid identification. For those without any insurance, the State will cover the full cost of testing. There is no out of pocket cost for anyone receiving service.
Test results will be available 36-48 hours after testing. Individuals with a positive COVID-19 test will be contacted by an OptumServe staff member. The Monterey County Health Department will also contact individuals with a positive COVID-19 result to initiate contact tracing and investigation process.
Establishment of community diagnostic testing sites is powered through a partnership between the State of California with OptumServe, the federal government health services business of Optum, a leading health services innovation company. A nasal or throat swab will be collected and specimens will be sent to a FDA approved laboratory for COVID-19 PCR testing.
In accordance with the California Department of Public Health Updated Interim Guidance on Prioritization for COVID-19 Laboratory Testing, the testing sites initially prioritized healthcare providers, first responders, and other front-line and essential workers including child care providers, grocery clerks, social service providers, construction workers, landscapers/gardeners, etc., before the service was made available to the general public. The general public is now invited to register for an appointment. You do not need to be experiencing symptoms to be tested.
- OptumServe testing sites: http://www.mtyhd.org/COVID19
- Monterey County News 5/11/2020 (Re. COVID-19 Testing open to Public)
Asilomar Alternate Care Site - CLOSED
On Tuesday, March 10, the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) made a determination to relocate a small group of individuals from the Grand Princess cruise ship to the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, a facility that is both State-owned and operated. As of March 11, none of these individuals are known to have contracted novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and they will be tested and monitored by medical professionals while at Asilomar. All aspects of the State quarantine effort at Asilomar Conference Center are being controlled and/or operated by State or Federal agencies and their respective personnel. No City of Pacific Grove or Asilomar Conference Center employees are involved or exposed to the State quarantine effort. The Center for Disease Control is an integral part of the State quarantine effort at Asilomar Conference Center, ensuring proper protocols are being followed. Additional details regarding the State quarantine effort at Asilomar Conference Center may be found at the following link:
The Asilomar Alternative Care Site is now CLOSED. On March 29, 2020 the City received notification from a CalOES official that the care site at Asilomar was in the demobilization process and the CalOES operation has concluded. March 30th through April 1st, the fencing and logistic items were removed. If circumstances change, the potential to re-open at a later date will remain a possibility. We will continue to update our community as information becomes available.