County of Santa Clara Launches New and Expanded Drive-Through and Pop-Up Testing Locations for Free, Easy COVID-19 Testing Six New or Expanded Testing Sites at Community Centers, Parking Lots, and County Health System Locations in Milpitas, Morgan Hill, Mountain View and San Jose
Santa Clara County, CA – The County of Santa Clara is expanding access to COVID-19 testing by launching or expanding six new test locations today. The locations were chosen based on data showing a higher rate of recent cases in these areas compared to nearby areas. All people getting tested at these sites pay nothing for the test.
"The County is bringing testing capacity to where it's needed," said Cindy Chavez, President of the Board of Supervisors. "Please take advantage of this opportunity to get tested in your neighborhood: it's fast, free and you don't need insurance."
Essential workers with regular interaction with the public should get tested now and once every month going forward. This includes grocery store clerks, food delivery workers, retail associates, first responders, and many other types of workers. The County recommends that these front-line workers get tested even if they have no symptoms at all. Testing can identify the infection before a person feels unwell or before they spread it to another person with potentially deadly consequences. People can get a test through their regular doctor, or from one of these new or expanded sites around the county.
"I encourage everyone to protect themselves and their family by scheduling a test at one of our test sites throughout Santa Clara County," said County Supervisor Joe Simitian.
The tests offered are viral detection tests, which diagnose a person who currently has the infection. Read more about the difference between viral detection tests and serology tests at www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/covid19-testing-learn-more.aspx#types. With the addition of these six sites, there are now at least 46 sites throughout the county offering COVID-19 viral detection testing.
All new and expanded test sites and additional sites operated by other organizations are mapped on the County's website at sccfreetest.org. Or you can call 888-334-1000 for more information.
Food Distribution Options
- Meals on Wheels for homebound seniors. Apply by phone at 1-800-505-3367 or online here.
- The County’s Senior Nutrition Program is offering takeout lunches for seniors over 60 at multiple locations. More information is here.
- Prepared meals and groceries for adults over 60. A list of sites is available here.
- Second Harvest Food Bank has information about free food baskets of food assistance by calling 1-800-984-3663 or online here.
- 2-1-1 provides information 24 hours a day about food distribution and a wide variety of other assistance programs.
- School districts countywide are providing grab-and-go meals to students, and in some cases adults too. A list of locations is here.
California’s major lenders have agreed to offer up to 90-days of mortgage relief for those impacted by the crisis. Information from the State of California is here. The site also contains information about the statewide eviction moratorium.
The Board of Supervisors has enacted a separate eviction moratorium for Santa Clara County. You can find more information about it here.
Other Community Resources
Community Resources for Youth, Families and Individuals Impacted by COVID-19
Resources are available to County residents, regardless of ability to pay or immigration status.
County COVID-19 cases and updates
How to Apply for Social Services Benefits
Free Legal Services During Shelter in Place Order Place Order / Servicios Legales Gratuitos Durante El Orden De Quedarse en Casa
VTA services and fares
Community Resource Guides
FIRST 5 Community Resource Guide (English)
FIRST 5 Community Resource Guide (Spanish)
FIRST 5 Community Resource Guide (Vietnamese)
FIRST 5 Community Resource Guide (Chinese)
FIRST 5 Community Resource Guide (Tagalog)
Clipper START program
Clipper START is a pilot program that offers single-ride discounts of up to 50% on major Bay Area transit systems for eligible riders. Bay Area residents age 19-64 who meet certain income requirements can apply for the program. Start at clipperstartcard.com for information about the program and to apply. You can also contact Clipper START Customer Service at 855-614-9149 or [email protected].
Clipper START Poster (English)
Clipper START Poster (Spanish)
Clipper START Poster (Chinese)
Clipper START Poster (Tagalog)
Free School Lunch Programs during school closures
School Closure Meal Sites
Inclusion Support Warmline:
Free support, information, and referrals for children of all ages with disabilities and other special needs
Second Harvest Food Bank:
Call the food connection hotline (800) 984-3663
You can also text GETFOOD to (408) 455-5181, or email [email protected]
Emergency Assistance Network:
Food, rent, mortgage, utility, medical, and transportation assistance based on ZIP code and income eligibility
Behavioral and mental health services:
Mental health service, suicide prevention, substance abuse services, coping with stress during the pandemic
State of California Labor and Workforce Development Agency:
COVID-19 resources for workers
information about work-related issues due to COVID-19
You can also call their Work and Family Helpline (800) 880-8047
Legal Aid At Work
Information about City of San Jose temporary eviction moratorium:
Contact the Rent Stabilization Program with questions (408) 975-4480 or email [email protected]
United Way First Call for Help:
You can also dial 211 or (800) 273-6222, or text your ZIP code to 898211
Get information specific to coronavirus and COVID-19 by texting “coronavirus” to 211211