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 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 there they live or immigration status.
In cooperation with the County Health Department, the Testing Center also is deploying teams of firefighter-paramedics and health clinicians to provide COVID-19 testing at nursing homes and for other community members considered most in need based on their living and health conditions.
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Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or until the number of tests that can be processed for the day are exhausted.
Health-care workers and first responders can make advance appointments for COVID-19 testing by calling the City’s COVID-19 information hotline at (510) 583-4949.
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.