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DRIVE-THROUGH Testing SitesThe Monterey County Health Department has partnered with California National Guard and California Testing Task Force to offer FREE pop-up drive through COVID-19 testing sites at rotating Monterey County locations. The first testing sites will be in Castroville and Gonzales starting this Thursday, October 8th.  Testing will continue through Friday, October 16th.

View Full List of Testing Sites & Tentative Schedule.
(Subject to change; please check back frequently)

Testing is open to Monterey County residents with symptoms and without symptoms. Testing is recommended for healthcare workers, first responders, caretakers to high risk individuals, individuals considered close contacts to others with COVID-19, and anyone that is concerned that they may have been exposed to COVID-19.   

Testing will be first come, first served. No appointment needed. Testing is available for anyone 18 years of age and older. If you have a valid ID, please bring it with you to testing site to expedite registration and results reporting processes.  Testing is safe and confidential. Bilingual services available. Taking advantage of these FREE tests does not affect immigration status.

POP-UP Testing SitesAs 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 SiteA 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.

SEASIDE Testing SiteBeginning Tuesday, October 20, free COVID-19 testing will be available in Seaside, Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The testing site will be at Seaside High School at 220 Noche Buena Street. This testing service is provided in partnership with California Department of Public Health and OptumServe.

This state-supported site accepts walk-ins and appointments. Appointments to get tested may be made by visiting their website (Click Here) or by calling 1-888-634-1123.

Walk-ins are welcomed daily between 4 to 7 pm, but the number of walk-ins that can be served is limited by the number of tests available per day which is why appointments are encouraged.

Please bring a legal identification if you have one to help ensure contact information is captured correctly for results reporting.

SALINAS and GREENFIELD Testing SitesFollowing 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 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. 

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