BEFORE YOU TEST, PLEASE READ THIS:
Please contact the office if you are concerned that your child may have symptoms that could be COVID-19 infection. We are able to refer symptomatic patients and patients with a significant COVID exposure 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.
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: there have been recent concerns about some PCR based testing being used in the community e.g. Curative. While this issue is still being examined, the concerns of validity highlight that these tests should not be used in place of quarantining/isolation guidelines after possible COVID exposure and should not be used in place of social distancing and masking.
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).
Carbon Health Clinics
Dignity Health Bay Area
Color Community Site
Renegade--Private testing approx $120 per test/testing site on Martin Luther King, JR CHORI parking lot. Can submit for insurance coverage on your own.