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COVID-19 Testing open to Public

Post Date:05/11/2020 5:50 PM

Update: Starting Tuesday, May 26th the Salinas testing site will be at the Ag Commissioner's Conference Room at 1428 Abbott Street.  Days and Hours stay the same. 


Monterey County launched two community testing sites in Salinas and Greenfield on Wednesday, May 6th. The Salinas community testing site is located at Alisal High School, 777 Williams Road.  The Greenfield community testing site is located at the Greenfield Branch of our Monterey County Free Libraries, 315 El Camino Real. Establishment of community diagnostic testing sites is powered through a partnership between the State of California with OptumServe, the federal government health services business of Optum, a leading health services innovation company.  A nasal or throat swab will be collected and specimens will be sent to a FDA approved laboratory for COVID-19 PCR testing.

These two community testing sites are now open every week, Tuesdays to Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Initially we prioritized healthcare providers, first responders, and other front-line and essential workers including child care providers, grocery clerks, social service providers, construction workers, landscapers/gardeners, etc.  The general public is now invited to register for an appointment.  You do not need to be experiencing symptoms to be tested. 

If you are looking for a test site closer to home, additional testing sites are in Hollister at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 649 San Benito Street open Sunday through Thursday  from 8 am to  8 pm and in Watsonville at the Ramsay Park Family Center, 1301 Main Street open from 7 am to 7 pm Wednesday through Sunday.  

Testing will be by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling 1-888-634-1123 or visiting Please note that phone registration will only be used for people without internet access. Individuals will need to provide their insurance card and valid identification at the time of check-in. A unique identification number will be provided for those that do not have a valid identification. For those without any insurance, the State will cover the full cost of testing. There is no out of pocket cost for anyone receiving

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