BEFORE YOU TEST, PLEASE READ THIS:
With the recent surge in Delta variant COVID-19 and with the increase in other respiratory viruses, we are seeing/hearing about a lot of patients with mild respiratory symptoms. We would generally recommend that your chid be tested for COVID. There are many community sites that offer testing for this purpose (see below).
We are able to refer to Benioff UCSF Children's Oakland for their drive-thru testing (this testing is physician referral only). There can be a fluctuating delay on appointments/results timing depending on current COVID numbers.
We are also doing limited PCR testing with self/parent swab as a car visit at our office. These will be done only after having a video visit with the provider.
If your child is asymptomatic but needs a COVID-19 test for another reason e.g. camp, daycare, etc, please see below for resources of where to get tested.
Please note that if your child needs testing to return to school and is symptomatic, Berkeley Pediatrics will only write a letter for return to school if your child receives a PCR test for viral genetic material, NOT a rapid antigen test or an antibody test. Antigen tests have lower validity, and predictive value of an antibody test has not yet been determined. PCR tests will take at least 1 day to obtain a result.
Remember that a negative test results only gives you information for that moment in time and that there are false negatives. Obviously, practicing social distancing (6 feet distance), wearing a mask and good hand hygiene are the key factors in prevention of COVID-19.
Please note: If there is a known positive COVID exposures, a negative test even PCR does NOT change the requirements for quarantining and isolation.
Overview of COVID-19 Testing from CDC
COVID-19 TESTING RESOURCES:
Berkeley Public Health Testing Information
Alameda County Testing Locations--there are community testing sites free of charge
Contra Costa Health Services/CC County
The following clinics administer both rapid antigen and PCR tests (please make sure it is a PCR test).
Renegade--Private testing approx $120 per test/testing site on Martin Luther King, JR CHORI parking lot. They now take insurance and has a 12 hr turnaround time.
Color Community Site--
Carbon Health Clinics
Dignity Health Bay Area