What to do
1. Check if you can get tested
Testing is currently available for any person living in San Francisco who has 1 symptom, or has been in close contact with a positive COVID-19 person. Any essential or frontline worker can also get tested, regardless of symptoms or exposure.
Testing is free. You do not need medical insurance to get tested. You do not need a doctor's note to schedule a test. Photo ID is not needed. You may be asked to show photo ID, but you can say no.
The process will take about 20 minutes. The results are available in 1 to 5 days.
For people who live in San Francisco
Anyone living in San Francisco can get tested if they either:
- Have one symptom, or
- Have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the past 14 days
Symptoms of COVID-19:
- You have a fever over 100.4° Fahrenheit or 38.0° Celsius
- You’re shivering a lot
- You have a cough
- It’s hard to breathe
- You feel tired or sore
- You can’t smell or taste anything
- Your throat hurts
- Your head hurts
- You have a runny or stuffy nose
- You have diarrhea, feel sick to your stomach, or throw up
For essential and frontline workers
Any essential or frontline worker can get tested, regardless of symptoms or exposure.
A frontline or essential worker is anyone who leaves their home for work and at least one of the following:
- Interacts in person with members of the public, or
- Cannot maintain physical distancing at their jobs, or
- Works directly with vulnerable populations (such as those who are experiencing homelessness, have serious medical conditions, or who are over age 60)
Workers may work for a private organization/company, a small business, a nonprofit, a public entity, or The City and County of San Francisco. Active volunteers who meet the criteria are also eligible.
2. Make an appointment
You can get tested at one of several locations in San Francisco by making an appointment.
Wear a face covering when you arrive to get tested.
Embarcadero Test Site
Walk-thru and drive-thru
SOMA Test Site
Walk-thru and drive-thru
600 7th St
Tenderloin Pop-up Test Site
570 Ellis Street
Thursday, May 28 to Monday June 1, 10 am to 4 pm
You need a Gmail account to register.
You can also go to Glide Memorial at 330 Ellis if you need help registering.
City College Student Health Center
50 Frida Kahlo Way, HC-100
Additional City neighborhood testing sites
For uninsured or SF Health Network patients.
Castro Mission Testing Site
3850 17th Street
Maxine Hall Testing Site
1181 Golden Gate Avenue
Southeast Health Center Testing Site
2401 Keith Street
ZSFG Testing Site
1001 Potrero Avenue
Mission Neighborhood Health Center
240 Shotwell St
After your test
The personal info you provide is confidential. Your test result will be reported to SFDPH, your home county health department, as well as the state.
If you shared the name of your doctor, your doctor will also get your results.
If you have a positive result, your home county’s public health team will call you. This is to make sure you have the care you need. They’ll also help you safely isolate yourself at home so you don’t infect others.
They will also ask about your contacts. These are people you have been close to, like people you live with. Your contacts will have to stay quarantined until they know they aren’t sick.
If your test is negative but you still feel sick, stay at home for 72 hours after you first felt sick. But if you work with older adults or people with pre-existing health conditions, consider staying home for at least 10 days after you first felt sick.
About the test
The COVID-19 testing available detects if you have the virus at the time you take the test. It does not test for immunity or if you had the virus in the past.
If your test is negative, you must still be careful. You can still get infected.
If you test negative and have COVID-19 symptoms later, take the test again. You might have gotten infected after you took the test.
A negative on the test does not mean you are immune or cannot get coronavirus later. Continue to stay healthy during the coronavirus outbreak.
About testing partners
Color is a health technology company providing an accessible, high volume COVID-19 testing lab for Embarcadero, SOMA and mobile sites throughout the City.
One Medical is a national primary care practice, managing the clinical operations at CityTestSF SOMA. They operate over 20 designated testing sites.
Project Baseline by Verily runs the Tenderloin Pop-up, and other testing sites around the country to reach underserved communities.
Optum provides end-to-end testing of COVID-19 at over 80 sites across California, including City College.
Carbon provides in-clinic testing services at various locations in San Francisco.
The City continues to expand testing and lower the barriers for those that can’t get tested through their healthcare provider or are uninsured. Anyone can get tested in San Francisco.
Expanding testing will help protect our essential workforce who leave their homes every day to serve our communities and those communities known to be disproportionately at risk for COVID-19. Making testing available to everyone allows us to better understand how the virus is spreading in our communities.
Last updated May 24, 2020