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Where to Get a Free COVID-19 Test in San Diego County

NBC San Diego logo NBC San Diego 2/15/2021 Brenda Gregorio-Nieto
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Testing sites managed by the California Department of Public Health and the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency have opened across San Diego to help the county reach its current goal of administering about 6,700 COVID-19 tests per day.

The county has also deployed mobile testing sites in an effort to make testing widely available for priority populations.

The county recommends people with and without symptoms who are at higher risk for COVID-19 should be tested. Healthcare and essential workers should also get a test, as well as people who had close contact with a positive case or live in communities that are being highly impacted, whether they are showing symptoms or not.

Here's a look at all state-run and county-run testing sites across San Diego.

All testing sites are weather permitted, call 211 to double-check which ones are open or visit this website.

State Testing Sites

State-run testing sites do not require a referral from a doctor. All state-run testing sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. If you are unable to schedule online, call (888) 634-1123. Testing is free.

The state-run testing sites are located at:

  • Old Sears Building in Chula Vista, 565 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91910
  • Kimball Senior Center, 1221 D Ave, National City, CA 91950
    • Testing is available for individuals 2 months and over.
  • California Center for the Arts, Escondido Center Theater, 260 N. Escondido Blvd. Escondido CA 92025
  • San Diego County Assessor Office, 200 S. Magnolia Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020
  • San Ysidro Civic Center, 212 West Park Ave. San Ysidro, CA 92173
    • Testing is available for individuals 2 months and over.

Starting December 7, County drive-up COVID-19 testing sites will temporarily convert to appointment-only in response to long lines and safety concerns.

County Testing Sites

County-run testing sites do not require a referral from a doctor. An appointment is not required at all County testing locations. The county recommends residents to first call their health care provider for a testing appointment. Those without or who could not secure an appointment through their health care provider can schedule a test online or by calling 211 and asking for the Nurse Triage Line. Testing is free.

North County Testing Sites

  • Cal State San Marcos' Viasat Building, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, CA 92078
    • Walk-up testing will be held Sunday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
  • Linda Rhoades Recreation Center, 600 North Santa Fe Ave, 92084
    • Testing will be held Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • No appointment is necessary.
  • St. Leo Mission Church, 936 Genevieve St, Solana Beach, CA 92075
    • Drive-up testing will be held every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Appointments are required.
  • Oceanside Test Site at Oceanside School District Headquarters, 2111 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92058
    • Drive-up testing will be held every Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Valley Center, County Fire - Valley Center Elementary, 28751 Cole Grade Rd, 92082
    • One day testing site: The days this testing site is available varies. Please check the county website here for more info on when testing will be available at this location.
  • Northgate Market: Vista, 1150 E. Vista Way, Vista, CA 92084
    • One day testing site: The days this testing site is available varies. Please check the county website here for more info on when testing will be available at this location.

San Diego Testing Sites

  • Tubman-Chavez Community Center, 415 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114
    • Walk-in testing will be held seven days a week between 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
  • Linda Vista Test Site at University of San Diego (USD), 5450 Linda Vista Rd., San Diego, CA 92110. (Use West Entrance. The site is located in the first parking lot at the kiosk. )
    • The walk-in testing site will be held seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
  • San Diego State University (SDSU) Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center
    • Walk-up testing will be held Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. ( Designated free parking in LOT 7). No appointment is necessary.
  • Euclid Health Center, 292 Euclid Ave., San Diego, CA 92114
    • Testing will be held on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    • Appointments are required.
  • Mira Mesa Senior Center, 8460 Mira Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92126
    • Drive-up testing will be held Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Appointments are required.
  • San Diego Mexican Consulate, 1549 India St. San Diego, CA 92101.
    • Walk-in testing will be held on Mondays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
  • Northgate Market: San Diego, 5403 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92105
    • One day testing site: The days this testing site is available varies. Please check the county website here for more info on when testing will be available at this location.
  • County Fire - Point Loma Test Site at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU)
    • One day testing site: The days this testing site is available varies. Please check the county website here for more info on when testing will be available at this location.

Note: The county testing site formerly operating at San Diego County Credit Union Stadium (SDCCU) in Mission Valley has been relocated to San Diego State University (see above)

East County Testing Sites

  • Lemon Grove Community Center, 3146 School Lane, 91945
    • Walk-in testing will be held Monday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
  • Chicano Federation: Trojan Place, 5222 Trojan Ave, San Diego, CA 92115
    • Walk-in testing is available every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
  • County Fire - Borrego Springs Library, 2580 Country Club Rd, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
    • One day testing site: The days this testing site is available varies. Please check the county website here for more info on when testing will be available at this location.
  • County Fire - Jamul/Deerhorn Jamul Intermediate School, 14545 Lyons Valley Rd, Jamul, CA 91935
    • One day testing site: The days this testing site is available varies. Please check the county website here for more info on when testing will be available at this location.
  • Lakeside County Fire - Lakeside Library, 9839 Vine St, Lakeside, CA 92040
    • One day testing site: The days this testing site is available varies. Please check the county website here for more info on when testing will be available at this location.

South Bay Testing Sites

  • Aquatica San Diego, 2052 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista, CA 91911
    • Drive-up testing will be held Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Appointments are required
  • South Chula Vista Library, 389 Orange Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91911
    • Drive-up testing will be held Sunday through Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Appointments are required.
  • St. Anthony of Padua Parking Lot, 410 W 18th Street, National City, CA 91950
    • Drive-up testing will be held on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Appointments are required
  • San Ysidro Port of Entry PedEast, 795 E. San Ysidro Blvd, San Ysidro, CA 92173
    • Walk-in testing will be held Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • No appointment is necessary.
  • Sports Park Recreation Center, 425 Imperial Beach Blvd, 91932
    • Walk-in testing will be held Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
  • County Fire - Lincoln Acres Library, 2725 Granger Ave, National City, CA 91950
    • One day testing site: The days this testing site is available varies. Please check the county website here for more info on when testing will be available at this location.
  • County Fire- Bonita Valley Community Church, 4744 Bonita Rd. Bonita, CA 91902
    • One day testing site: The days this testing site is available varies. Please check the county website here for more info on when testing will be available at this location.

The migrant community is considered a vulnerable population and when calling 211 should let a nurse know of their insurance status to receive an appointment and be connected with a community health care provider, the county said.

To find community-run testing sites, click here to find one near you.

Rady Children’s Hospital is partnering with the county to offer 2,000 COVID-19 testings daily. For more details, click here.

CVS Health has also announced plans to increase testing at about 1,000 locations across the country. For locations in San Diego County, click here.

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