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Testing

Last updated  1/20/2023

It’s important to know how and when to get tested for COVID-19. Testing can give you peace of mind, provide you with information you need to make decisions about your health and help slow the spread within our community.

Community-based organizations: click to request home test kits

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Choosing the Right Test

There are two main types of tests you can use to find out if you have COVID-19:

 

Rapid antigen tests (also called home tests):

Click for more information about home tests. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should get tested right away and stay home except to get medical care.

 

These tests:

  • Give results in 15-30 minutes

  • Can be bought over the counter and done at home (they are also offered at many clinics as well)

  • Are very good at detecting an active infection if you have symptoms, but may not detect an infection if you don’t have symptoms

 

Molecular tests

(also called PCR tests, viral RNA tests, nucleic acid tests):

Free molecular COVID-19 tests are available at county sitesState sites and other commercial and healthcare provider sites.

 

These tests:

  • Are very sensitive and accurate, meaning that they can detect an active infection even if you don’t have symptoms

  • Have a slower turnaround time for test results than rapid tests (usually 24-48 hours)

  • Cannot be done at home

  • May remain positive for days or even weeks after the person is no longer infectious


 

Choosing
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County & state


Getting Tested in Contra Costa County
COVID-19 tests are available at State sites, commercial and healthcare provider sites
and county health centers.

State

State Testing Sites

Appointments are recommended and walk-in availability is limited. Schedule online or call 833-829-2626 for COVID-19 antigen/rapid tests and combination flu and COVID-19 tests. Treatment pills are available on-site for eligible people who test positive for COVID-19 on antigen/rapid tests. PCR tests are available by request at the testing sites.

Antioch Community Center Parking Lot

  • Location: 4703 Lone Tree Way

  • Testing Hours: Sat - Mon, Wed and Thur: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 4 - 7 p.m.

  • Tests Available: Antigen/rapid (PCR only by request at testing site) and combination flu and COVID-19

  • Schedule online or call 833-829-2626
     

Pleasant Hill - Diablo Valley College Overflow Parking Lot

  • Location: The overflow parking lot is across the street from the campus, at the corner of Golf Club Rd and Stubbs Rd at the stoplight

  • Testing Hours: Sat - Mon, Wed and Thur: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 4 - 7 p.m.

  • Tests Available: Antigen/rapid (PCR only by request at testing site) and combination flu and COVID-19

  • Schedule online or call 833-829-2626


Commercial & Healthcare Provider Testing Sites

Commercial Sites

Healthcare Provider Sites


 

County Health Centers

  • People with health insurance should go to their healthcare provider or go to a commercial testing site or State testing site.

  • People without insurance can walk in to the County Health Centers for COVID-19 services.

  • People with CCHP/Medi-Cal/Medicare can schedule through MyChart or by calling 800-495-8885.

Antioch Health Center

Bay Point Health Center

Brentwood Health Center

Concord Health Center, Building 2

Martinez Health Center

George & Cynthia Miller Wellness Center

North Richmond Center for Health

Pittsburg Health Center

West County Health Center

Commercial & Heathcare
County health centers
Getting Your Results

 
Getting Your Results

Results from State Testing Sites

  • State testing sites include: Antioch, Plesant Hill and San Pablo

  • ​Results can be accessed via the LHI portal

  • At registration, patients select the ability to be notified via text or email that their results are available to view in the LHI portal.

  • If you did not opt-in for text or email, you will receive a phone call with the results.

While You're Awaiting Test Results​

  • Take steps to prevent spreading the virus to others, including staying home, separating yourself from other people, wearing a high-quality mask, washing hands frequently and regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces.​​

  • Check with your school or workplace for additional instructions about returning when you are better. Click here to view quarantine and isolation instructions for the general public.

  • Get medical help right away if you start feeling sicker, especially if you have trouble breathing, persistent chest pain, begin to feel confused, cannot stay awake, or develop bluish lips or face.​​

  • Call your health provider if your symptoms do not get better in a few days. Tell them you got tested for COVID-19.  If you do not have a healthcare provider, call the Contra Costa Health Advice Nurse at 1-877-661-6230, option 1.

     

While waiting

COVID-19 Treatments:

If you test positive for COVID-19, treatment may be available. Contact your healthcare provider or call the Contra Costa County Health Advice Nurse at 877-661-6230 right away to talk about treatment, or visit a test-to-treat location. Don’t delay, even if your symptoms are mild right now – treatment must be started within the first few days to be effective. Click here to learn more.

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