Testing

Last updated 7/25/2022

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

Rapid COVID-19 tests & treatments in Antioch, Brentwood, Pleasant Hill & San Pablo

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):

Every home in the U.S. can order eight free COVID-⁠19 home tests (order online or call 1-800-232-0233). 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


 

 
 

Getting Tested in Contra Costa County

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

Call (833) 829-2626 to schedule an appointment at any County or State site or schedule online below.​​

County Testing Sites

State Testing Sites

 
 

Only people who live or work in Contra Costa County can get tested at county testing sites. Appointments are strongly recommended to avoid long wait times. Walk-ins without an appointment are accepted until 2:30 p.m. as capacity allows. Schedule online or call 833-829-2626.

Appointments are recommended and walk-in availability is limited. Schedule online or call 833-829-2626 for antigen/rapid 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.

Richmond

  • Location: 25th St and Nevin Ave. Entrance on side facing Nevin Ave and parking on street and lots across street.

  • Testing Hours: Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

  • Tests Available: Antigen/rapid and PCR tests. PCR only by request at the testing site and on Fridays, are only available until 11 a.m.​​​

  • Schedule online or call 833-829-2626
     

San Ramon

  • Location: 2600 Camino Ramon 

  • Drive-thru - vehicle required.

  • Testing Hours: Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

  • Tests Available: Antigen/rapid and PCR tests. PCR only by request at the testing site and on Fridays, are only available until 11 a.m.​​​

  • Schedule online or call 833-829-2626

Antioch Community Center Parking Lot

  • Location: 4703 Lone Tree Way

  • Testing Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 4 - 7 p.m. 

  • Tests Available: Antigen/rapid (PCR only by request at testing site)

  • Schedule online or call 833-829-2626
     

Brentwood

  • Location: 101 Sand Creek Rd

  • Testing Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 4 - 7 p.m. 

  • Tests Available: Antigen/rapid (PCR only by request at testing site)

  • 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: Daily, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 4 - 7 p.m.

  • Tests Available: Antigen/rapid (PCR only by request at testing site)

  • Schedule online or call 833-829-2626

San Pablo - Contra Costa College

  • Location2600 Mission Bell Dr. - Student Administration Building Cafeteria (SAB 159)

  • Testing Hours: Sun - Thur​, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 4 - 7 p.m.

  • Tests Available: Antigen/rapid (PCR only by request at testing site)

  • Schedule online or call 833-829-2626

 

 
Getting Your Results

Results from County Testing Sites

  • County testing sites include:​

    • Richmond

    • San Ramon

  • Results will take 2-3 days and turnaround time cannot be guaranteed. Please wait 2-3 days before calling about your results.

  • If you need a COVID-19 test for travel purposes, please confirm with your destination that a test result from Contra Costa Health Services will be accepted. Result turnaround time cannot be guaranteed.

  • You will receive a secure text message from the number 925-438-6503 as soon as your result is available. Follow the prompts in the text. It is safe to click on the link and reply to the text.

  • Patients who cannot receive text messages will receive phone calls if they test positive. Otherwise, they will receive letters with their results.

  • Results are also available via MyChart. You may also use MyChart to print a copy of your results. Click here to sign in to your MyChart account. If you are having problems logging in to your MyChart account, please call 844-622-5465

  • If you need to cancel or change your appointment, please log into your MyChart account or call (833) 829-2626.

Results from State Testing Sites

  • State testing sites include:

    • Antioch

    • Brentwood​

    • Pleasant Hill

    • 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 help 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.

     

 

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.