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A new COVID-19 test site is coming to Palo Alto. Here's how to access it.

Original post made on Jun 11, 2020

For the first time, Santa Clara County is opening a pop-up test site in Palo Alto for free COVID-19 tests at City Hall for a four-day stretch starting this Tuesday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, June 11, 2020, 4:55 PM

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Posted by pcr test?
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 11, 2020 at 8:41 pm

So for clarification, is this a pcr test to detect active infection with SARS-Co-2, rather than an antibody test that would detect current OR past infection?


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Posted by Amy
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 11, 2020 at 9:22 pm

It’s a nasal swab test for active Covid. Goal to identify diseas in asymptomatic people.


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Posted by Palo Verde Parent
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 12, 2020 at 11:27 am

Is this the nasal swab that goes way up in back of the nose that someone in full PPE must administer or is it the one where the person does it themselves with guidance?


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Posted by pa resident
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jun 12, 2020 at 1:28 pm

Lol, nope. I'll keep my data to myself thank you.


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Posted by Palo Alto citizen
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jun 12, 2020 at 11:45 pm

(Quoting someone else here:)
The benefits of being tested: none. Literally none.

The drawbacks: just getting a test has you labeled a presumed bio weapon until proven otherwise. You get imprisoned immediately. If you test positive then the government hunts down everyone you've had connections to in the last half month imprisoning them too. And even when your technically released your an outcast as people brand you a bioweapon for life.

Yeah. Think I'll just quietly chill at home for a while if I feel sick. Getting it confirmed just makes your life hell, and had the nasty side effect of making your friends and family's life hell as well.


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Posted by Midtown Local
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 15, 2020 at 2:19 pm

I agree with Palo Verde Parent that it would be good to know whether this is the long swab or short. Since the article says it's administered by a nurse, it sounds like the long swab. A friend in San Mateo County is getting a short swab test that she administers herself. That sounds lots more attractive.

Does anyone know the relative accuracy of the tests? I saw an article that said they were the same. But it's hard to believe that folks would still be doing the long swab test if the more comfortable one is just as accurate.


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Posted by Art Liberman
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 15, 2020 at 2:47 pm

No senior hour...no thanks! I'll stay home.


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Posted by Tadzio
a resident of Ventura
on Jun 15, 2020 at 4:24 pm

Is the testing done outdoors?


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Posted by Testnotwantnot
a resident of Woodland Ave. area (East Palo Alto)
on Jun 15, 2020 at 8:25 pm

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Posted by Healthcare worker
a resident of University South
on Jun 15, 2020 at 11:25 pm

I was informed by Santa Clara county that the test is not free unless one is on a program like Medi-Cal. I called the City of Palo Alto about this last week, with a promise made that someone would call me about this by the end of the day. No one ever called. I work in an acute hospital with COVID patients, where non-symptomatic workers can not be tested. Kind of feels like we are expendable....


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Posted by Rick
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jun 16, 2020 at 1:03 am

This is good. With all the recent commotion people seem to have been forgetting the global issue. COVID needs to be contained, and for now, we have to rely on local monitoring of existing cases.
Web Link
Research needs to expand.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 16, 2020 at 1:44 am

@Rick, nice summary website. Looks like our county is stuck at 30 to 40 new confirmed cases per day for the rest of the year, pending results of relaxed restrictions plus additional testing. No indication how many tests expected at City Hall next four days. Six hours worth of 5-minute procedures is 72 per day. Our historic 3% positive rate would detect 2 new cases. Maybe several lines will work in parallel, or maybe nobody at all will show up. How many here want to become a statistic?


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Posted by pa resident
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 16, 2020 at 11:16 am

Just got back from the testing ... it is the SHORT swab - they wiggle the swab through both nostrils for a total of about 15-20 seconds. It's very gentle but now I wonder how effective that test will be since there are reports that the virus hides/moves deep into the nasal cavity.


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Posted by pa resident
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 16, 2020 at 11:22 am

Just got back from the testing ... it is the SHORT swab - they wiggle the swab through both nostrils for a total of about 15-20 seconds. It's very gentle but now I wonder how effective that test will be since there are reports that the virus hides/moves deep into the nasal cavity.

The test is conducted indoors in the lobby. There are 6-8 stations where the swabbing is performed.


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Posted by parent
a resident of Professorville
on Jun 16, 2020 at 12:08 pm

How busy is this place? Do they have space for social distancing while waiting in line? Is the wait long?


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Posted by Uh oh
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 16, 2020 at 5:13 pm

Good to have more testing available. Highly recommended for the vast numbers of folks visiting University ave. restaurants this past weekend - entirely too close seating, too dense for safety - regardless of being outdoors.


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Posted by Rachel
a resident of Southgate
on Jun 16, 2020 at 6:09 pm

What happens if you test positive? Who gets notified?


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Posted by Douglas Moran
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 16, 2020 at 9:15 pm

A neighbor who went there around noon said the wait was about an hour.


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