Hayward COVID-19 Testing Center

On March 23, 2020 Hayward Fire Department (HFD) established the nation’s first free, city-mobilized COVID-19 drive-up testing site – just 12 days after declaration of a local emergency over the emerging global pandemic.

HFD worked diligently to partner with Hayward Police Department and several community organizations, including United Ambulance, Chabot College, and Global Support and Development and nonprofit La Familia, to support the testing site operationally. 
Testing has not only been free, but available to anyone, age 12 or older, regardless of place of residence or immigration status, provided they met the health-condition criteria in place at the time. No physician referral has ever been required.
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 500 people a day. It is free to the public and open to anyone regardless of where they live or immigration status.

Current location:

The COVID-19 Testing Center is now located at Skywest Golf Course at 1401 Golf Course Road adjacent to Hayward Executive Airport.

Lines to curb-side check-in and screening will be regulated to maintain safe distancing, traffic control, and to not exceed the maximum number of appointments taken per day.

Map of site

Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until the number of tests that can be processed for the day are exhausted. 

Please NoteStarting Aug. 3, as the COVID-19 Testing Center moves to Skywest Golf Course, people will now have to make an appointment. Please visit the Testing Center webpage on the City of Hayward website. Exceptions will be made for those that do not have a vehicle.

How it works:

To make an appointment, please fill out the registration and insurance forms. You will need to provide a phone number and email address to log back into your account and view your results. When you arrive at the testing site, please wait for one of our staff to check you into your appointment and begin screening and testing process, which includes a swabbing of the nasal cavities and back of the throat.

To make an appointment, please fill out to form below.

Registration Form

**Most test results will be available within three to five business days, depending on volume.  


The COVID-19 Testing Center is now collecting health insurance information so it can seek reimbursement for testing costs.  However, insurance is not required to be tested and no individual will be charged a fee of any kind to be tested, including an insurance co-payment.  Testing remains available free of charge to anyone age 12 or older, regardless of place of residence or immigration status or whether you show COVID-19 symptoms or not.  No physician referral is required.

Who can get tested?

Anyone age 12 or older, regardless of place of residence or immigration status or whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms.  No physician referral is required.

COVID-19 Testing Aftercare Instruction:

You will receive an email or text (depending on the option you selected during registration) when your results are ready to be viewed. 
If your results are positive, you will receive a call with instructions.