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Pleasanton: Residents without symptoms can now get COVID-19 test at fairgrounds

Starting Monday, site open to any Pleasanton, Dublin or Livermore resident who is 10 years old or up

The COVID-19 regional testing site at the Alameda County Fairgrounds will start its fourth week on Monday by opening the service up to all asymptomatic residents for the first time, officials said on Friday.

Going forward, any resident of the cities of Pleasanton, Dublin or Livermore -- 10 years old or older -- can now receive a COVID-19 test being administered by Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare without an appointment and no out-of-pocket expense. Previously, a patient needed to be symptomatic, exposed or meet certain health criteria to get a test.

"We encourage ALL residents to get tested," Pleasanton city officials said in their weekly COVID-19 newsletter.

The testing site operates from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Availability is limited to 1,200 testing kits per week.

Participants do not need a physician referral or an appointment. All medical insurance will be accepted and billed, but residents will not need to pay anything onsite, Stanford-ValleyCare officials said.

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Those who are tested will need to provide a phone number or email to receive results and follow-up instructions. Test results may take up to 72 hours.

A partnership among the three cities, the fairgrounds and Stanford-ValleyCare, the program debuted on April 27. But for the first three weeks, participants needed to meet at least one of the pre-set criteria such as high fever, shortness of breath, confirmed or potential exposure to COVID-19, be aged 65 years old or older, or have a chronic disease or compromised immune system.

Testing occurs at Pleasanton fairgrounds, via the entrance at Gate 12 off Valley Avenue. If the testing site needs to close early due to the daily capacity running out, a sign will be posted at Gate 12 before 1 p.m., officials said.

Results (positive or negative) recorded at the fairgrounds site are not being specified publicly at this time. Stanford-ValleyCare officials declined to confirm and deferred comment on the data to Alameda County Public Health Department, which has not responded to the Weekly's request for comment.

Any confirmed positive result would presumably be included, anonymously, in each city's confirmed case count reported by the ACPHD.

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Overall, 57 positive cases have been confirmed in Pleasanton residents, 45 in Livermore and 26 in Dublin throughout the COVID-19 crisis, as of Saturday. That compares to 2,392 positive cases and 83 deaths across Alameda County.

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Pleasanton: Residents without symptoms can now get COVID-19 test at fairgrounds

Starting Monday, site open to any Pleasanton, Dublin or Livermore resident who is 10 years old or up

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Sun, May 17, 2020, 2:19 pm

The COVID-19 regional testing site at the Alameda County Fairgrounds will start its fourth week on Monday by opening the service up to all asymptomatic residents for the first time, officials said on Friday.

Going forward, any resident of the cities of Pleasanton, Dublin or Livermore -- 10 years old or older -- can now receive a COVID-19 test being administered by Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare without an appointment and no out-of-pocket expense. Previously, a patient needed to be symptomatic, exposed or meet certain health criteria to get a test.

"We encourage ALL residents to get tested," Pleasanton city officials said in their weekly COVID-19 newsletter.

The testing site operates from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Availability is limited to 1,200 testing kits per week.

Participants do not need a physician referral or an appointment. All medical insurance will be accepted and billed, but residents will not need to pay anything onsite, Stanford-ValleyCare officials said.

Those who are tested will need to provide a phone number or email to receive results and follow-up instructions. Test results may take up to 72 hours.

A partnership among the three cities, the fairgrounds and Stanford-ValleyCare, the program debuted on April 27. But for the first three weeks, participants needed to meet at least one of the pre-set criteria such as high fever, shortness of breath, confirmed or potential exposure to COVID-19, be aged 65 years old or older, or have a chronic disease or compromised immune system.

Testing occurs at Pleasanton fairgrounds, via the entrance at Gate 12 off Valley Avenue. If the testing site needs to close early due to the daily capacity running out, a sign will be posted at Gate 12 before 1 p.m., officials said.

Results (positive or negative) recorded at the fairgrounds site are not being specified publicly at this time. Stanford-ValleyCare officials declined to confirm and deferred comment on the data to Alameda County Public Health Department, which has not responded to the Weekly's request for comment.

Any confirmed positive result would presumably be included, anonymously, in each city's confirmed case count reported by the ACPHD.

Overall, 57 positive cases have been confirmed in Pleasanton residents, 45 in Livermore and 26 in Dublin throughout the COVID-19 crisis, as of Saturday. That compares to 2,392 positive cases and 83 deaths across Alameda County.

Comments

Thomas Petty
Livermore
on May 17, 2020 at 5:08 pm
Thomas Petty, Livermore
on May 17, 2020 at 5:08 pm
14 people like this

Does this test only show a current, active infection (even asymptomatic) or would it show that the person HAD COVID-19 at some point in the past, because he/she has the antibodies? It's not clear from the article.


Ray
Jensen Tract
on May 17, 2020 at 6:01 pm
Ray, Jensen Tract
on May 17, 2020 at 6:01 pm
4 people like this

Are they doing antibody testing also at the fairrounds?


President Swalwell
Downtown
on May 17, 2020 at 8:16 pm
President Swalwell, Downtown
on May 17, 2020 at 8:16 pm
9 people like this

Why would someone without symptoms be tested? I guess there is no shortage of text kits.


Pro-Law
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 17, 2020 at 9:10 pm
Pro-Law, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 17, 2020 at 9:10 pm
5 people like this

I have a family member who got tested because they are around other family of ours who have compromised immunities, are older, or have underlying conditions (depending on the family member).


john
Dublin
on May 18, 2020 at 4:43 am
john, Dublin
on May 18, 2020 at 4:43 am
4 people like this

Is it a nose swab test? How accurate is this? If positive, does this mean I currently have it or does this mean I had it in the past?


Justin
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 18, 2020 at 5:44 am
Justin, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 18, 2020 at 5:44 am
2 people like this

For those asking, this appears to be either a nose or mouth swab test for active infection of COVID. From what I understand the antibody tests are done with blood which would likely need to be done in a more controlled environment.

With the vast amount of a-symptomatic carriers the news reports, this is great news so people can have peace of mind to visit elderly and at-risk family members


C Morris
another community
on May 18, 2020 at 9:50 am
C Morris, another community
on May 18, 2020 at 9:50 am
2 people like this

Broad community testing is necessary to get more accurate information on the rate and spread of infection. As stated earlier this is what is required to help control the pandemic. Everyone should get tested and they may need to be tested multiple times during the course of the pandemic.


Spencer
Dublin
on May 18, 2020 at 10:55 am
Spencer, Dublin
on May 18, 2020 at 10:55 am
4 people like this

Heads up - I called Kaiser P. as my health insurance and they said that since Stanford Valley Care is still billing, you may be charged without a KP Physician's Order. Can anyone confirm if they would waive the cost for any insurance or it is just billing at a later time?


Tim
Highland Oaks
on May 18, 2020 at 12:37 pm
Tim, Highland Oaks
on May 18, 2020 at 12:37 pm
4 people like this

The free test that is being performed at the fairgrounds is a nasal swab that tests for the presence of the virus. If positive, you are contagious and regardless of how you feel, you should self isolate for at least 14 days. The “antibody” test is a blood test to see if you have neutralizing antibodies. If positive, this is an indication that you are or were infected. If a large enough percentage of a community were to be positive for antibodies, a collective “herd immunity” could be achieved and opening up would be less risk to wide spread disease transmission.


Kevin
Pleasanton Valley
on May 18, 2020 at 1:49 pm
Kevin, Pleasanton Valley
on May 18, 2020 at 1:49 pm
2 people like this

Does anyone know what the average wait time is?


Ben
Bridle Creek
on May 18, 2020 at 8:10 pm
Ben, Bridle Creek
on May 18, 2020 at 8:10 pm
4 people like this

We went last week. Got there about 9:20 and were the only ones there. No wait at all.
The results were available the next day. Negative for us both.


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on May 18, 2020 at 8:12 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on May 18, 2020 at 8:12 pm
3 people like this

Good Questions Here:

My question:
Are the people doing the swabs on the people arriving for the test, changing PPE in-between each person swabbed?

If not, isn't it possible they would be contaminating new arrivals???


ML
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 19, 2020 at 10:56 am
ML, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 19, 2020 at 10:56 am
Like this comment

@ Michael Austin, I was thinking of the same thing.


Michael Austin
Pleasanton Meadows
on May 19, 2020 at 11:50 am
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
on May 19, 2020 at 11:50 am
Like this comment

We drove over to the fairgrounds this morning.
We arrived at 1000 hours, we were tested at 1130 hours.
The medical personal doing the swabs, changed their PPE after every swab.
When we left the line of cars was three times the line when we arrived.


JW
Dublin
on May 21, 2020 at 10:22 am
JW, Dublin
on May 21, 2020 at 10:22 am
2 people like this

I called KP billing department. They said as long as the test is done by a licensed healthcare provider, KP will cover the cost. Can anyone who already did confirm?


BobB
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 21, 2020 at 10:46 am
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 21, 2020 at 10:46 am
1 person likes this

JW,

Person on the KP help desk told me KP would not cover the cost but said she wasn't sure. Not very helpful, I know.


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