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COVID-19 Status Update for 06/24/2022

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Get tested.

Testing remains a vital tool in the fight against COVID-19

In addition to providing data on how and where the virus is spreading within our community, testing also helps slow transmission by identifying cases so those individuals can stay home while they are contagious.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, we urge you to get tested as soon as possible, even if you have completed an initial vaccination series.

If you symptomatic and were exposed to someone with COVID-19, but you are unable to obtain a testing appointment or home test kit, stay home and isolate.

 


When to get tested - UPDATED

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. 

In addition, the following people should get tested for COVID-19:

  • people who are currently in isolation for COVID-19 can test on day 5 or later of isolation to determine if isolation can end earlier than 10 days.  The first day of symptoms or date of positive test is considered day 0.
  • people who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested to check for infection at least 5 days after they last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. The day of last close contact is considered day 0.
  • people who haven't completed an initial vaccination series against COVID-19 who have been asked or referred to get testing by their school, workplace, healthcare provider or local health department.

 

 


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

02/15/2022 - 12:01

These providers offer free COVID-19 testing for people without insurance:

Please see "testing providers" section of this page for additional details.

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

* =  providers may ask for additional forms of identification, such as drivers license, social security number or other form of documentation.

06/10/2022 - 11:35

COVID-19 testing is available from a variety of providers in Marin County.  Most provide FREE testing for uninsured and insured people, but some may have a cost.  Please inquire about the costs and types of tests offered before making an appointment.  

 

Optum Serve / LHI

Optum Serve/LHI offers FREE testing for uninsured and insured Marin residents. A doctor’s note is not required. You will not be asked about your immigration or citizenship status. Insurance is not required; however, you can provide insurance information if asked: by law, insurance companies cannot charge you a co-pay, deductible, or out-of-pocket expense for COVID-19 testing. Alert the staff on site when you arrive if you require an accommodation.    

  • Appointments: Required. Call (888) 634-1123 or book an appointment online.     
  • Locations and Schedule: 
    • Marin City - St. Andrew Presbyterian Church Parking Lot, 101 Donahue Street (open Fridays, 11am to 7pm)  
    • San Rafael – Marin Health and Wellness Campus, 3260 Kerner Blvd (open Tuesday - Saturday, 8am to 3pm)  
    • San Rafael - West America Bank Parking Lot - 1177 E. Francisco Blvd (open Tuesday – Thursday & Saturday, 11am to 7pm)  
  • Who Qualifies: People age 1 and older. Children under the age 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 
  • Test type: Standard PCR and Rapid PCR. 
  • Insurance: Most insurance accepted, including Medicare and Medi-Cal.  
  • Free Testing for uninsured? Yes. 
  • Results Turnaround:  Rapid PCR = a few hours; Standard PCR = 2-5 days. Results sent via the email or text-message number you provided at registration. 
  • Offering COVID-19 Treatment? Yes and free for uninsured. 

Curative

 


Canal Alliance in partnership with UCSF    

  • Appointments: Required. Appointments required:  
  • Locations:  
    • San Rafael – Canal Alliance – 91 Larkspur Street  

  • Free Testing for uninsured? Yes 
  • Schedule:Tuesday – Friday, 10am to 4pm; 2nd Saturday of each Month, 12pm to 3pm. (Walk-in appointments: 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 12pm to 3pm)

Walgreens 

  • Locations:   
    • Mill Valley - 227 Shoreline Hwy - (800) 925-4733  

  • Appointments:Required. Schedule an appointment.  
  • Who Qualifies:Testing for all patients 3 years and older  
  • Test type: PCR. Drive-thru   
  • Insurance:Most insurance accepted, including Medicare and Medi-Cal. 
  • Free Testing for uninsured? Yes, but driver's license or State issued ID required.
  • Results Turnaround:Test results are 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) 

 CVS Pharmacy 

  • Locations: 
    • Tiburon - 1599 Tiburon Blvd. - (415) 435-3843  
  • Appointments:Required. Schedule an appointment. 
  • Who Qualifies:  Testing for all patients ages 3 and above.  Patients aged 3-15 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.   
  • Test Type:Standard PCR and Rapid Antigen. Drive-thru testing option.
  • Insurance: Most insurance accepted, including Medicare and Medi-Cal. Cost is $139 for those who choose self-pay option. 
  • Free Testing for uninsured? Yes, but social security number required.  
  • Results Turnaround:   
    • Rapid test = a few hours. For rapid result tests, an onsite provider will call with next steps; patients may be asked to come into the clinic depending on their results.   
    • Standard PCR  = 1-2 days.  
  • Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 8pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am – 6pm  
  • Offering COVID-19 Treatment: Yes, with a referral from a healthcare provider. 

 RiteAid 

  • Locations: 
    • San Rafael - 1500 Northgate Mall - (415) 492-0888  
  • Appointments:Required. Schedule an appointment.  
  • Who Qualifies:Testing for all patients 4 years and older  
  • Test type: PCR. Drive-thru.    
  • Insurance: Most insurance accepted, including Medicare and Medi-Cal.  
  • Free Testing for uninsured? No. 
  • 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  
  • Offering COVID-19 Treatment: Yes, with a referral from a healthcare provider. 

12 LOVE 

  • Locations and hours:   
    • Mill Valley - 37 Miller Avenue - (10am – 5pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
    • Novato - 1122 Grant Avenue, Suite E - (10am – 5pm Wednesday, Friday and Saturday)

  • 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   
  • Insurance: No insurance accepted. Cash pay only.
  • Free Testing for uninsured? No.
  • Cost: Antigen Rapid Test: $99 (cash or credit card accepted)
  • Results turnaround:  1 hour

Carbon Health 

  • Locations:
    • Novato - 132 Vintage Way, (415) 569-6824
    • San Rafael - 411 3rd Street, (415) 854-7159
    • Corte Madera - 303 Corte Madera Town Center, (415) 840-8615
  • Appointments:  Book online or through the app.  
  • Who Qualifies: Testing for all patients ages 3 months and above  
  • Test type: PCR. In-clinic testing.  
  • Insurance: Some insurance accepted, including Medicare/Medi-Cal. Cash and credit accepted.  
    • Insurance not accepted for travel clearance testing. Travel test costs range from $60 to $250, depending on test type.
  • Free Testing for uninsured? No.
  • Results Turnaround:3-5 days.   
  • Hours:Every day 9am – 7pm  
  • Offering COVID-19 Treatment: Yes. 
  • 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.   

Dignity Health GoHealth Urgent Care 

  • Location:
    • Mill Valley - 750 Redwood Highway Frontage Road - (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.
  • Insurance:Most insurance accepted, including Medicare (visit online to view list of in-network insurance plans). 
  • Free Testing for uninsured? No.
  • Cash pay option:  pay the COVID-19 testing cost ($51) plus the cost of your evaluation. 
    • Virtual visit evaluation: $261 without insurance 
    • In-center evaluation: $301 without insurance  
  • Results Turnaround:  Rapid tests = 15 to 20 minutes; PCR tests = 2-3 days  
  • Hours:Monday – Friday 8am – 8pm; Saturday 9am – 5pm  
  • Offering COVID-19 Treatment: Yes.
  • 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):   
    • Corte Madera -101 Casa Buena Drive- (415) 924-4525  
    • Novato - 7428 Redwood Boulevard - (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.  
  • Insurance:Most insurance accepted, including Medicare. 
  • If Uninsured:  
    • Uninsured/Self-pay cost $160.00 

  • 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 

  • Locations:
    • San Rafael - 1004 Northgate Drive -  (415) 590-6150  
  • Appointments:Appointments required.  
  • Who Qualifies:Patients of all ages   
  • Test Info:PCR and Rapid antigen (as supply allows).  
  • Cost:Membership-based* (see additional notes below). Provides testing to uninsured free of cost, however testing labs do not. Uninsured patients can expect to receive a separate bill from the lab processing the test sample.  
  • 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 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  

 Visit the MyTurn.CA.gov to search for other testing locations in the San Francisco Bay Area

06/23/2022 - 14:42

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.

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. 

Order Free Antigen Tests

Every household in the United States is eligible to receive four free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. Log onto COVIDtests.gov and place an order. The tests should arrive by mail within 12 days once ordered. 

If you are placing an order using your PO Box, do not also enter your physical address as this will cause your order to be rejected by the system. Entering your order with only your PO Box information will ensure your order is placed and processed in a timely manner. 

In some limited cases, addresses may not be recognized as multi-family by USPS. This might result in an issue placing an order if another resident at your address has already ordered. If you believe you are running into this issue, you can file a service request or call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) to get this fixed. 

Purchasing an At-Home Self Test or Home Collection Test

Use FindACovidTest.org to search for an at-home antigen, at-home molecular, or mail-in PCR test available for purchase.  You can search by test type, brand, retailer, and in-stock availability.

 

Health Insurance Covers Costs of Self-Tests

The Biden Administration has mandated that health insurers must cover over the counter at-home tests without requiring an order from a healthcare provider. Federal law now requires health insurers to:  

  • Cover up to eight FDA-approved or authorized over the counter at-home tests for each insured person each month.  
  • Cover over-the-counter tests without a provider’s order, without any cost sharing requirements (deductibles, co-payments or coinsurance), without prior authorization.  
    • Note: Insurers may require you pay up-front and submit a claim for reimbursement) 
  • Cover over the counter tests bought from in-network pharmacies and direct shipping 
    • Note: If no up-front payment is required, reimbursement is limited to $12 per test. If up-front payment is required, full cost will be reimbursed. 

File for a Request for Assistance online for accessing COVID-19 care to get more information as the capacity for testing increases in the state. Consumers should contact their doctor and medical provider for more information.  

01/27/2022 - 10:40

 

Treatment for COVID-19

People who are at highest risk for severe outcomes from COVID-19 infection are candidates for therapeutics, though oral antiviral treatments are only available after health care provider assessment and prescription.

If you begin to experience COVID-related symptoms, get tested immediately, so you know whether to seek COVID-19 treatments. After you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 or test positive, talk  with your health care provider as soon as possible to see if you qualify for COVID-19 treatments or find Test to Treat locations that offer COVID-19 testing and oral antiviral pills at one location. Also, follow recommended isolation guidelines if you test positive or have symptoms. 

Visit our Therapeutics: Test-to-Treat page to learn more about COVID-19 treatment. 

More information about COVID-19 treatment: 

 


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 self-test reporting form if you received testing at a healthcare or testing site, only report testing you did yourself at home. 

 

 


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.

 


Travel and Event Testing

Travel guidelines continue to evolve as new variants emerge. Travel Requirements have changed. Beginning December 6, all air passengers, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States.

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 have not completed an initial COVID-19 vaccination series.  These tests must be completed within 24-72 hours before arrival. Marin County Public Health strongly recommends monitoring CDPH and CDC travel guidelines frequently for additional changes.

Consult with airlines, destinations, or events several days before arriving. Each entity has unique testing 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.

 

 


Frequently Asked Questions

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

If you feel sick and are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, you should get tested regardless of your vaccination status.

Vaccines become fully effective 2 weeks after your final dose. Until those 2 weeks have passed, you should continue to get regularly 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 recommends treating a positive test result as a positive, regardless of whether it is an antigen or PCR test.

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.