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

NBC San Diego logo NBC San Diego 1 day ago 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 County.

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 from Tuesday through 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 12 months and over.
  • North Inland Live Well Center, 649 W. Mission Ave, Escondido, CA 92025
    • Testing is available for individuals 12 months and over. 
  • 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 12 months and over.

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 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • No appointment is necessary.

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 Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 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. This site also serves as a vaccination site.
  • 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. This site also serves as a vaccination site.

East County Testing Sites

  • 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.
  • Rainbow, County Fire - Vallecitos Elementary School, 5211 5th St, 92028
    • 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.
  • Ramona, County Fire - Ramona Library, 1275 Main St, 92065
    • 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

  • 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.
  • 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 Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

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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