COVID 19 Testing

ALAMEDA COUNTY TESTING SITES

ALAMEDA COUNTY TESTING SITESTypes of COVID tests:

  • Testing for COVID-19 - Nose Swabs: 
    • There are Antigen and PCR (DNA/NAAT) testing for Covid-19 infection.  PCR is more accurate and will show up positive earlier than an Antigen test.  PCR will also stay positive after someone has had Covid, for up to 3 months.   If you had Covid, you do not test again to prove that its gone.  Antigen testing is more reliable if you are sick and will be positive during your most contagious days of illness.  If you are not sick, Antigen testing is not a good screening test because you have a higher chance of a false positive.
  • Antibody Testing for Covid-19:  A Blood Test:
    • there is no indication for antibody testing presently except as directed by a physician for diagnosing Covid-related active symptoms or for research based, community testing. The antibody test results are not fully accurate and additionally, the results are not well understood. It is not known if a positive antibody test confirms immunity to Covid-19.
  • Testing for COVID-19 at Kiwi * - we are conducting Rapid Antigen and Covid PCR testing by appointment.
    • The PCR tests go to Quest or Labcorp. Results take 1-3 days, usually 2 days.  We can PCR test patients and family members.
    • The Rapid Antigen tests take 15 minutes and are for sick kiwi patients. We currently cannot Antigen test family members due to supply shortages. (this can change).
      • Both tests are an anterior nose swab (very well tolerated by children!). 
      • It is conducted outside and by the parent or older child with our instructions and supervision. 
      • Please call  Kiwi for an appointment or any questions.

    *Omicron testing update: due to the nature of omicron, we recommend waiting 24 hours after your symptoms start to test for Covid.  This will reduce the chance of a false negative result.


Other COVID-19 Testing Sites


Look up local Covid testing options for all ages,
based on your zip code, at the CA.gov website: https://covid19.ca.gov/get-tested/
California Department of Public Health Testing Information. Searchable by address
- Note the Optum state testing sites will only swab children >12 years
https://www.arcgis.com/apps/Nearby/index.html?appid=43118dc0d5d348d8ab20a81967a15401
City of Oakland Testing Information:
https://www.oaklandca.gov/services/covid-19-testing
Test the People has a location in Oakland and San Francisco.
They run PCR tests that result in 12-24 hours
https://www.testthepeople.org/
Brown and Toland: 1-800-225-5637
San Francisco City Testing Information Site:
https://sf.gov/find-out-how-get-tested-coronavirus
SFDPH COVID sites that will test pediatric patients.   Patients can be scheduled through (415) 554-2830 during business hours

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