On Monday, Mar. 23, 2020, the City of Hayward opened a testing facility so sick people, first responders, and health-care workers with recent suspected exposures to the novel coronavirus can be tested for infection. No referral from a medical doctor is required to be screened.
The COVID-19 Testing Center, at Hayward Fire Station #7, 28270 Huntwood Avenue., has been established to take pressure off hospital emergency rooms, provide quicker answers for recently exposed first responders and health care workers, and to enhance the region’s capacity to suppress new transmissions through isolation after testing. The Center is outfitted to test up to 350 people a day. It is free to the public and open to anyone regardless of where they live or immigration status. Read the full news release.
Hours of operation:
Generally, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday or until the maximum available number of tests for the day are exhausted. Closed Mondays.
To get tested, enter Huntwood Avenue from the south at Industrial Boulevard and travel north toward Tennyson Road. Huntwood Avenue will be closed to all other traffic except for people who live and work in the adjacent neighborhood.
People who present themselves at the testing center by car or on foot will go through a two-step screening process for COVID-19 disease before being administered a test, which involves swabbing of the nasal cavities and back of the throat.
* Most test results will be available within 24 hours, depending on volume.
At the direction of the Alameda County Health Officer, members of the general public must be symptomatic for COVID-19 infection and have a fever over 100 degrees in order to be tested. COVID-19 symptoms include a cough and shortness of breath.