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COVID-19 Testing On The Peninsula: What You Need To Know

SEASIDE Pop-Up Testing Site

Visiting Nurses Association is providing a pop-up COVID-19 testing site on the Peninsula. Testing will be done at the Monterey County Free Library at 550 Harcourt Avenue in Seaside and will be open at these times:

  • Wednesdays 7 a.m.–11 a.m. - August 19, 26, and September 2
  • Thursdays 3–7 p.m. - August 20, 27, and September 3

POP-UP Testing Sites

As part of the effort to increase access to testing for residents, Monterey County is contracting with the Central Coast Visiting Nurses Association, Inc. to manage and staff COVID-19 pop up testing sites throughout the County. The intent of the pop-up clinics is to bring COVID-19 testing to communities that do not have access or have very limited access to testing services.

Location of future pop- up test sites will be announced on the Monterey County Health Department website. The County will continue to collaborate with healthcare and hospital partners to increase access to testing services.

For updates, please check the Monterey County COVID-19 website on a frequent basis.

MONTEREY Testing Site

A drive-thru testing site for Monterey will open starting on Monday, May 18th, at Monterey Peninsula College (MPC).

Testing times vary due to location availability and will be determined week to week based on the community need. Click Here to Check Times.

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 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m in Salinas and 8:00 a.m to 8 p.m in Greenfield.

    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. 

    Testing will be by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling 1-888-634-1123 or visiting 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. 

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