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COVID-19 Testing

How and where to get tested – and when it's most appropriate.

What are common symptoms of COVID-19?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, people with COVID-19 can have a wide range of symptoms. Symptoms can be mild to severe and may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

You may have COVID-19 if you have:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Should I get tested for COVID-19?

Discuss your symptoms or concerns with your primary care physician and he or she will refer you for testing, if appropriate.

Testing may be ordered if:

  • You have symptoms of COVID-19 (see above).
  • You have had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with someone with confirmed COVID-19.
  • You have been asked or referred to get tested by your health care provider.

Where should I get tested for COVID-19?

Clinic and mobile testing sites are available in San Francisco and the East Bay.

  • Carbon Health has both clinic and mobile testing available across the Bay Area. Appointments are required and a full listing of locations is available online: carbonhealth.com/coronavirus
  • CityHealth has testing options in centers in San Francisco and San Leandro. Appointments are required and must be made online. Visit bayareacovid19testing.com for details.
  • GoHealth/Dignity are assessing patients through virtual visits scheduled online and, if needed, scheduling appointments at one of their centers open for testing: www.gohealthuc.com/bayarea
  • CPMC/Sutter's testing site is located at:
    Monteagle Medical Office Building
    1580 Valencia Street, First Floor, Suite M14
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    Monday- Friday noon-5:30 p.m.
    Saturday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Walk-ins welcome.
    sutterhealth.org/cpmc

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