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COVID-19 Status Update for 12/02/2021

Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for December 2, 2021 includes Post-Holiday Testing Reminder; Public Health Shares Vaccine Lessons; and updated local COVID-19 data.… Read More

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Get tested.

We recommend getting tested as soon as possible if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, even if you are vaccinated.

If you are unvaccinated, you should get tested if...

  • you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19,
  • you have taken part in activities that put you at higher risk for COVID-19, such as travel, attending large gatherings, or being in crowded indoor settings, or
  • your employer, such as a healthcare facility, requires routine screening.

 

 


Where to get tested for COVID-19

There are a variety of testing options in Marin County, either through a local healthcare provider, pharmacy, urgent care clinic, community test site or take-home test.  Review the list below to find the right testing option for you.

Health Care Providers

If you have insurance, contact your doctor or your healthcare provider. If you have symptoms or have been exposed, your healthcare provider is required by law to get you a test.

Contact your provider or neighborhood clinic to discuss your need for testing, including testing required for travel or medical procedures.

Call your healthcare provider directly if you don't see them on this list.

Carbon Health

628-203-9029

Dignity Health GoHealth Urgent Care

415-384-4778

Kaiser Permanente

How to get a COVID test at Kaiser
866-454-8855

One Medical

415-578-3095

Sutter Health

844-987-6115

UCSF

415-514-7328

 

Medical Clinics

COVID-19 Testing at medical clinics is available to current patients only. If you want to establish primary care and you have Medi-Cal, Medicare, are uninsured or undocumented, please contact one of the clinics below to discuss becoming a patient.

Marin Community Clinics

415-448-1500

Marin City Health & Wellness Center

415-339-8813

Ritter Center

(415) 457-8182 ext. 111

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Marin County residents who are uninsured can get free COVID-19 testing at community testing sites operated by Optum Serve/LHI or Curative (both in partnership with Marin County Public Health).

Local medical clinics also offer free COVID-19 testing to current patients.  If you are uninsured or undocumented, please contact a local clinic about becoming a patient. (click on the "your healthcare provider" tab above for a list of clinics).

 

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Community testing sites offer FREE COVID-19 PCR Testing for Marin County residents.  You do not need a doctor’s note to get tested, you will not be asked about your immigration status, and most test results are available within 2-5 days.

You do not need medical insurance to get tested, however, if you have health insurance, you will be asked you to share that information. Sites offer accessible services for people with disabilities and those with other access or functional needs. When you arrive, if you need an accommodation, alert the staff on site.​

Optum Serve / LHI

Appointments required. Call (888) 634-1123 or book an appointment online.  Appointments are available for adults and children ages 1 and older. In California, minors under the age of 13 must be registered for testing by a parent or guardian. Minors between the ages of 13 and 17 can register themselves for testing via LHI.care/covidtesting and receive notification of testing results.

  • West America Bank Parking Lot - 1177 E. Francisco Blvd, San Rafael (open Wednesday - Saturday, 9am to 5pm)
  • The Square Shopping Center Parking Lot -  2001 Novato Blvd, Novato (open Tuesday, 9am - 5pm)

Curative

Advance appointments encouraged; walk-ins available as daily testing supply allows. Slots for appointments appear online 3-4 days before each event. Click on a location name below to book an appointment or call (888) 702-9042.  Appointments available for adults and children ages 5 and older.

For additional Curative testing locations outside of Marin, please visit their website.
NOTE: ALL Curative testing locations will be closed December 24/25 and December 31/January 1. 

Testing with Optum Serve/LHI and Curative is offered in partnership with Marin County Public Health. Travel, event, and medical procedure -related testing is not offered or guaranteed at community testing sites.

 


Pop-Up Testing

Marin City Health & Wellness Center

415-339-8813
Testing open to all on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays - call to make an appointment

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Additional COVID-19 testing is also available through independent providers who are not affiliated with Marin County Public Health or a local medical clinic. Independent providers may charge a fee, bill your medical insurance, or utilize tests that are not recommended for diagnosing current infection with SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). Please inquire about the costs and types of test being offered when selecting an independent provider for COVID-19 testing.  Most locations require appointments in advance

RiteAid

  • Location: 1500 Northgate Mall, San Rafael - (415) 492-0888 
  • Appointments: Required. Schedule an appointment. 
  • Who Qualifies: Testing for all patients 4 years and older 
  • Test type: PCR. Drive-thru.   
  • Cost: No charge for testing.  
  • Results Turnaround: You’ll receive your results within 2-5 days via the email you provided at registration. If positive, a health care worker will call you. 
  • (Pharmacy) Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 9pm; Saturday 9am – 6pm; Sunday 10am - 6pm 

Walgreens

  • Locations:  
    • 227 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley - (800) 925-4733 
    • 1550 Northgate One, San Rafael - (415) 479-2260 
  • Appointments: Required. Schedule an appointment. 
  • Who Qualifies: Testing for all patients 3 years and older 
  • Test type: PCR. Drive-thru  
  • Cost: No charge for testing. 
  • Results Turnaround: Test results typically received within 1 – 3 days 
  • (Pharmacy) Hours: M-F 8am – 9pm; Sat 9am – 6pm*; Sun 10am – 6pm* (* closed from 1:30pm – 2pm for meal break) 
  • Additional notes: Test results for travel purposes cannot be guaranteed in time for travel.  

CVS Pharmacy

  • Location: 1599 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon - (415) 435-3843 
  • Appointments: Required. Schedule an appointment.
  • Who Qualifies:  
    • Testing for all patients ages 3 and above.  
    • Parent/Guardian consent required for minors. Patients aged 3-15 must be accompanied by parent/guardian.  
    • Must bring ID, insurance card, and appointment confirmation email/text message. 
  • Test Type: PCR & Rapid Antigen are available. Drive-thru. 
  • Cost:  
    • Covered by most insurance 
    • Uninsured will be covered by the federal program.  
    • $139 for those who choose self-pay  
  • Results Turnaround:  
    • For rapid result tests, an onsite MinuteClinic provider will call with next steps within hours of specimen collection, and patients may be asked to come into the clinic depending on their results.  
    • Average turnaround time for receiving PCR results from lab tests is 1-2 days. 
    • You will receive a secure link to view and download results for a limited time, or activate a MyChart account to have permanent access to results.  
  • Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 8pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am – 6pm 
  • Additional notes: Requirements vary for travel pre-screen testing, so be sure to check with your airline/destination to make sure you're tested at the right time before departing, and with the correct type of test. 

ADx Healthcare

  • Location: 17 E Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Larkspur CA 94939 - (833) 508-1703 
  • Appointments: Required. Schedule an appointment. 
  • Who Qualifies: Testing for all patients ages 3 and up 
  • Test Type: PCR. Drive-thru. 
  • Cost: Insurance not accepted. 
    • Standard turnaround time $149 direct pay with credit card.  
    • Expedited turnaround time $249 direct pay with credit card.  
  • Results turnaround: 
    • Standard – 2 day results – will receive results on second day by 11pm 
    • Expedited - next day results –will receive by 7pm 
    • Easily sign up and view results online. Email notification when results are available. 
  • Hours:  Open Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm 
  • Additional Notes:  Meets pre-travel screen requirements for most destinations (not Hawaii). Please verify it meets the specifications of your airline’s/destination’s requirements prior to booking appointment.  

B12 LOVE

  • Locations:  
    • 37 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley CA 94941 - (415) 569-2099 
    • 1122 Grant Avenue, Suite E, Novato CA 94945 - (415) 842-3066 
  • Appointments: By appointment only. Book your appointment online
  • Who Qualifies: Testing for all patients including children and infants 
  • Test Type: Rapid test only. Drive-thru  
  • Cost: Cash or credit card. No insurance accepted. 
    • Antigen Rapid Test: $99 
  • Results turnaround: 
    • Results will be sent via secure text within one hour.  
  • Hours:  
    • Mill Valley: 10am – 5pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 
    • Novato: 10am – 5pm Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 
  • Additional notes: Cannot guarantee testing will meet travel pre-screen requirements, as most airlines/destinations require a PCR test for certification. Check with your airline and destination about testing requirements prior to booking your appointment. 

Carbon Health

  • Location: 132 Vintage Way, Suite F5, Novato 94945 - (628) 203-9029 
  • Appointments:  Book online or through the app. 
  • Who Qualifies: Testing for all patients ages 3 months and above 
  • Test type:  PCR. In-clinic testing. 
  • Cost: Some insurance is accepted. Cash and credit accepted. 
    • Coronavirus concern: $0 
    • Travel clearance testing: $135-$165 (insurance not accepted for travel clearances) 
  • Results Turnaround: Your test results will be available in 3-5 days via the Carbon Health desktop site or mobile app for iOS or for Android. You will receive a text message when your results are ready, and you can log into your Carbon Health account to obtain a downloadable PDF of the test result. 
  • Hours: Every day 9am – 7pm 
  • Additional notes: For travel clearance testing, please confirm Carbon Health’s testing meets specifications of your airline’s/destination’s requirements prior to booking appointment.  

COVID Clinic

  • Locations: 
    • 1961 Redwood Highway, Corte Madera 94925 - (877) 219-8378
    • 922 Machin Avenue, Novato 94945 - (877) 219-8378
    • 420 Litho Street, Sausalito 94965 - (877) 219-8378   
  • Appointments:Appointments recommended, however, walk-ins are accepted 
  • Who Qualifies: Testing for all patients (from newborns on up) 
  • Test type: PCR and Rapid tests available. Drive-thru. 
  • Cost:  
    • Diagnostic COVID-19 PCR Test (results in 2+ days): No cost 
    • Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test (results in 1 hour): $129 
    • Rapid COVID-19 Antigen + Flu Combo Test (results in 1 hour): $149 
    • Expedited RT-PCR COVID-19 Test (results in 1-2 days): $150 
    • Rapid RT-PCR COVID-19 Test (Results in 2 hours; best for travel): $299 
    • Healthcare workers, firefighters, and police are discounted by $25 if they provide a badge/license on site or email a copy to info@covidclinic.org 
  • Results Turnaround:  
    • Rapid test results will be ready within one hour 
    • All other test results will be ready after 2 or more days unless noted otherwise. Ask about expected turnaround time of test results when scheduling your appointment. 
  • Hours: 
    • Corte Madera: 9am – 4:30pm  Monday - Friday
    • Novato: 7am - 7pm  Every Day
    • Sausalito: 10am - 6pm  Friday - Tuesday (closed Wednesday & Thursday) 

Dignity Health GoHealth Urgent Care

  • Location: 750 Redwood Highway, Frontage Road, Mill Valley - (415) 384-4778 
  • Appointments: accepts both walk-ins and appointments 
  • Who Qualifies: Testing for all patients ages 6 months and up.  
  • Test type: PCR and Rapid COVID-19 available. 
  • Cost: Covered by most insurance (visit online to view list of in-network insurance plans).  
    • Virtual visit evaluation & Rapid COVID-19 test: $261 without insurance 
    • In-center evaluation & Rapid COVID-19 test: $301 without insurance 
  • Results Turnaround: 
    • Rapid tests offer results in as soon as 15 minutes 
    • PCR test results are typically available within 2-3 days 
  • Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 8pm; Saturday 9am – 5pm 
  • Additional Information:  
    • Travel Clearance: Offers pre-travel COVID-19 testing at 5 designated Bay Area urgent care testing centers and at SFO testing site. Rapid PCR test results at SFO are ready in approximately 50 minutes and are only available for walk-up visitors. Check with your airline/destination about testing requirements prior to conducting testing. 
    • Workplace Testing: Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care is now offering rapid COVID-19 testing at Marin County workplaces completing this request form. A member of their operations team will reach out to you. 

Medical Center of Marin Urgent Care

  • Location(s):  
    • 101 Casa Buena Drive, Corte Madera - (415) 924-4525 
    • 7428 Redwood Boulevard, Novato - (415) 895-5216 
  • Appointments: Required. Call to schedule an appointment. 
  • Who Qualifies: Testing for all patients ages 3 and above 
  • Test type: PCR and Rapid test available. 
  • Cost: Covered by most insurance. Cost without insurance $160 
  • Results Turnaround: PCR 3 business days and rapid is 10 minutes 
  • (Testing) Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm; Saturday 10am – 4pm; Closed Sunday 
  • Additional notes: Cannot guarantee testing would meet travel pre-screen requirements. Confirm airline/destination testing requirements prior to scheduling your testing appointment. 

One Medical

  • Location: 1004 Northgate Drive, San Rafael - (415) 590-6150 
  • Appointments: Appointments required. 
  • Who Qualifies: Patients of all ages  
  • Test Info: PCR and Rapid antigen (as supply allows). 
  • Cost: Membership based. No charge for testing. Lab costs may be charged if uninsured. 
  • Results Turnaround: PCR results typically received within 2-3 days  and Rapid test results received within 15 mins to 24 hrs. 
  • Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm; Saturday 9am – 5pm; Closed Sunday 
  • Additional notes:  
    • Travel Clearance: Does not offer travel testing at this time 
    • Membership –based service: Testing from One Medical requires a membership.  You must sign-up for a membership prior to making an appointment. You can  Sign up online for a free 30-day trial membership using the code: OMSFBAY30FREE. (but you will must cancel your appointment within 30 days to avoid charges).  Follow these steps:
      • Log in to the One Medical app (on iPhone or Android) or on the website. 
      • Select "Book Visit" or "Get Care." 
      • Enter the reason for your visit (i.e. COVID-19 testing) and select the region where you would like to make an appointment. 
      • Select your preferred test type (i.e. COVID PCR test, COVID antibody test, COVID Antibody & PCR test) 
      • Select the next available appointment at your preferred available location 
      • Book visit 

 

Search for other testing locations in the San Francisco Bay Area
11/29/2021 - 08:54

There are now FDA-authorized COVID-19 tests available for purchase online or in a store that can be used completely at home. Most insurance carriers cover the cost of at-home testing, so long as the test is FDA-authorized. 

There are two methods of at-home testing:

  • Home collection tests: Samples are collected at home and sent to a lab for analysis — you typically find out the results in a few days.
  • At-home testing: Samples are collected at home and you perform the test — you get results in a few minutes.

Every test or collection kit is different, so read directions carefully before beginning and follow them exactly.  When you receive your results, you'll need to call your primary care doctor or local clinic -- especially if you test positive -- to understand how to safely proceed with isolation.

Who should use self-test kits?

According to the CDC, “self-tests can be used by anyone who is symptomatic regardless of their vaccination status,” and “unvaccinated persons with no COVID-19 symptoms can also use self-tests, especially if they were potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19.” The CDC states that fully vaccinated individuals should also take note of specific testing guidance. Not all self-test kits are suitable for children. Consult the manufacturer prior to purchase.

Home Collection Tests

While there are no approved PCR tests for at-home testing, you can collect the sample for a PCR test at home and mail that sample to a lab. When the lab receives the sample, experts run tests on it and you receive your results a few days later.  Here are a handful of the many FDA-authorized home collection tests available for purchase online:

At-Home Testing

Like with home collection kits, at-home testing kits require you to take a sample, but instead of mailing that sample to a lab, you test it then and there. This allows you to receive a result within minutes, which is why these tests are sometimes called “rapid rests.” Most at-home test kits come with two tests and recommend that you perform multiple tests a few days apart — this is called serial testing. NOTE: rapid, at-home tests are not recommended for asymptomatic individuals. Below are some FDA-authorized home testing kits:

Reporting At-Home Testing Results to Marin County Public Health

An online form has been developed to be used for reporting the results of COVID-19 testing done in the home to the Marin County Public Health Department. Please do not complete this form if you received testing at a healthcare or testing site, only report testing you did yourself at home. 
 

WARNING: The FDA has warned of companies selling fake or unproven COVID-19 tests. If you order an at-home test kit online, make sure it's authorized by the FDA.

09/30/2021 - 10:00

 


While You're Awaiting Results​

  • Take steps to help preve​nt spread, including staying home, practicing physical distancing, wearing a cloth face covering, washing hands frequently, and regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces.
  • Quarantine at home for 10 days if you had close contact with someone with COVID-19, even if you have no symptoms. Employees of detention facilities and long-term care facilities who have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days before returning to work. Click here for Home Quarantine Instructions.
  • If you are sick, isolate at home until you get your results AND feel better. Click here for Self-Isolation Instructions.
  • 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.

 


Types of COVID-19 tests

There are two different types of tests – diagnostic tests and antibody tests.

Diagnostic tests can detect if you have an active COVID-19 infection and need to take steps to quarantine or isolate yourself from others. Samples for diagnostic tests are typically collected with a nasal or throat swab, or saliva collected by spitting into a tube.  There are two common types of diagnostic tests available:

  • Molecular tests, also known as a PCR test. The PCR molecular test is the "gold standard" for COVID-19 testing, is considered to be highly accurate and usually does not need to be repeated.  Turn around averages 1-3 days, depending on lab processing.
  • Antigen tests, commonly known as a "rapid test."  With Antigen tests, positive results are usually accurate. Negative results may need to be confirmed with a molecular test. Turn around is usually very fast, ranging from 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the test.

Antibody tests look for antibodies in your immune system produced in response to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. An antibody test can show if you were infected by the virus in the past but it cannot be used to diagnose an active COVID-19 infection. Also, current antibody tests are not suitable to measure antibody response to the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

 

 


Test result timing

Getting your test results back varies greatly by the company, provider, and laboratory performing the COVID-19 test and the type of test administered:

  • PCR / Molecular tests: On average, you can expect to receive your test results within 2-3 business days. However, some providers may offer expedited results (less than one day).
  • Rapid / Antigen tests: Test results are usually available in less than one hour.

Results may be provided to you by phone, email or text message, depending on the provider. You should confirm your preferred communication method when scheduling your test.

 


Report the Result of your At-Home / Self-Test

An online form has been developed to be used for reporting the results of COVID-19 testing done in the home to the Marin County Public Health Department. Reporting your test result -- whether positive, negative or inconclusive -- helps Marin County Public Health track the virus around our community to inform our response.  Reporting is confidential and takes only a few minutes. Please do not complete this form if you received testing at a healthcare or testing site, only report testing you did yourself at home. 

 

 


Travel and Event Testing

Travel guidelines continue to evolve as new variants emerge. Monitor CDPH and CDC travel guidelines frequently for changes. Some states and countries require a negative COVID-19 viral test or proof of vaccination before entry. In addition, large events may require a COVID-19 viral test if you are not fully vaccinated.  These tests must be completed within 24-72 hours before arrival.

Consult with airlines, destinations, or events several days before arriving. Each entity has unique test requirements and a list of preferred providers that issue acceptable results. Arriving at a gate without acceptable test results can cost you time and frustration.

Not all COVID-19 test providers in Marin County are approved for travel testing, or can guarantee test results in time for travel or event -related testing. Some may provide expedited test results for additional cost.  Before scheduling your COVID-19 test, check with your test provider to see if they meet the required test result certification and timelines.

Here are some regional COVID-19 test providers that provide travel-related testing:

 


Medical and dental procedures

Some healthcare facilities require a negative COVID-19 viral test before undergoing a medical, dental or surgical procedure. This is because most procedures involve close contact between you and your practitioner.  

Confirm testing and test result requirements with your medical provider before scheduling your COVID-19 test.

 


Contact tracing

Marin Public Health has a team of "contact investigators" who play a crucial role to stop the spread of COVID-19.  When a person tests positive for COVID-19, the team calls the person to gather a list of close contacts who are at high risk of exposure. 

Everyone on that list is then contacted to arrange for testing and quarantine.  While these close contacts are awaiting test results, they are commonly referred to as a Person Under Investigation (PUI).

In addition to gathering a list of close contacts, the contact investigation team evaluates their symptoms. They also provide information about quarantine and/or isolation to people with COVID-19, close contacts, and members of their households.

 

 


When to get tested

Get tested for COVID-19 if you feel sick, whether you’re vaccinated or unvaccinated. Common symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are: 

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • New loss of taste or smell. 

If you are unvaccinated or 2 weeks have not passed after your final dose, you should get tested for COVID-19 if you:

  • Have a known exposure, but have no symptoms. Marin Public Health will contact you if someone who has COVID-19 tells them they were in close contact with you.
  • Work in a high-risk setting, such as a hospital or medical clinic, long-term care facility, homeless shelter or prison.
  • Work in an occupation where you experience frequent contact with the public on a daily basis, including jobs as first responders, teachers, personal caregivers, housekeepers, construction workers, food service / restaurant workers, gas station and grocery store workers.

If you do not meet this criteria but believe you need testing -- or need testing for travel or medical-related procedures -- please consult your insurance provider, medical provider or neighborhood medical clinic.

 


Frequently Asked Questions

I'm vaccinated. Do I still need to get tested?

If you feel sick, you should still get tested for COVID-19. 

You are fully vaccinated 2 weeks after your final dose. Until those 2 weeks have passed, you should continue to get tested if you work in a high-risk setting or experience frequent contact with the public.

What about false positive testing results?

No test is perfect, yet fortunately false positives are relatively rare. Marin County Public Health will determine that a positive test is a false positive only when

  1. The initial positive test is a rapid antigen test, and
  2. A subsequent molecular test (i.e. PCR test, is negative and collected within 24 hours of the initial positive rapid antigen test.

An initial positive PCR result cannot be overturned by subsequent negative PCR tests, even if collected on the same day.

My doctor told me I don't need to isolate or quarantine, but Marin Public Health says I do. What should I do?

Isolation and quarantine are legal public health orders and can't be overturned by your primary care provider. If your doctor disagrees with an isolation or quarantine order, please ask them to contact the state COVID-19 CA Hotline (833)422-4255.