Changes to the state supported Community COVID-19 testing sites butterfly

Published: Jul 23, 2021

Hours and days are changing for the state supported community COVID-19 testing sites.  As more of the population of Monterey County has received COVID-19 vaccinations and as the pandemic has progressed, the demand for COVID-19 testing has decreased.  There continues to be new COVID-19 cases and a need for testing and the new schedule ensures there is a free testing site open somewhere in the county on every day of the week.  If the need for testing increases, the hours of operation can be increased to meet the demand.

Due to the decrease in usage, beginning the week of Monday, July 26th, 2021, the following changes will take effect:

  • Castroville testing site at the Andy Ausonio Library will close.  The last day of testing will be August 1st.
  • Salinas testing site at the Caesar Chavez Library will be open Thursday through Monday, Noon to 8 pm.
  • Soledad testing site at the Soledad Library will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm.
  • Seaside testing site moving to Salvation Army, 1491 Contra Costa, Seaside. The site will be open Monday though Friday, 9 am to 6 pm 

Walk ins will be accepted 4 – 6 pm in Soledad and Seaside and 5 – 7:30 pm in Salinas.

The California Department of Public Health’s Testing Task Force reviews the usage of the testing sites on a regular basis and made recommendations for the reduction in hours and the closure of the Castroville testing site.  

 “I want to thank our hosting organizations, including our Seaside location host Greater Victory Temple Church and our new host organization Salvation Army for their help in responding to the pandemic.” said Elsa Jimenez, Monterey County Director of Health. “The community testing sites have been made possible by our partner organizations who have been willing to host the sites.  All of our partners make a difference in the health and well-being of the residents of Monterey County.” 

Free  COVID-19 testing appointments can be made by calling 1-888-634-1123 or visiting

Please visit the Monterey County Health Department website for the latest information on state supported testing sites, locations and hours of operation.

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