COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Testing

Información en español

We offer COVID-19 testing to our patients and the public* at the following outdoor testing locations:

Testing is available at no cost to you Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.**
**Walk-ups welcome. Please arrive early as testing supplies are limited and on some days lines form in advance of opening.

After you’ve been tested, results will be available in within a week. For the health of your family and community, prepare to self-isolate between when you are tested and when you receive your results.

*Pediatric testing is done in the clinic, if indicated.

For more information, call (619) 515-2300.

General Facts

Q Who should get tested?

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Testing is open to everyone, even if you do not have symptoms. Consider getting tested if you:

  • Have symptoms
  • Have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
  • Are an essential worker
  • Live in a multifamily home
  • Have a chronic health condition, such as hypertension or diabetes

Q Can I get tested anonymously?

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We are required by law to follow-up with you if you receive positive test results. In order to do so, your contact information will be collected by our staff.

Q How much does testing cost?

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The out-of-pocket cost for testing is $66.30, but testing and diagnosis fees are waived at FHCSD.

Q Do you offer drive-up or drive-thru testing?

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Our clinics provide walk-up outdoor testing at four locations or testing done through appointments inside our clinics.

Q Do you offer antibody testing?

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Currently, we offer diagnostic testing but we are in the process of obtaining antibody tests. These tests will be available in the coming weeks.

Q Is there a separate testing line for high-risk groups like older adults?

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No, but we can make accommodations as needed.

Q How long will it take to get my test results?

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Your test results will be available within one week.

Q How will I get my test results?

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If you test positive for COVID-19, a provider will call you with your results and recommendations for care. Positive and negative test results will be available in MyHealthRecord, FHCSD’s patient portal.

Q If I tested positive for COVID-19 at another location (UCSD, Kaiser Permanente, etc.), can I also get tested at FHCSD?

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If you have already tested positive for COVID-19, we ask that you do not get tested again at FHCSD. Please seek any follow-up testing at your original testing location.

Q If I previously tested positive for COVID-19, can I get tested again to see if I am negative?

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If you previously tested positive for COVID-19, we ask that you do not come in to see if those results have changed. We do not have the resources to test for negative results, and CDC guidance does not indicate that is appropriate.

Q I think I have been exposed to COVID-19, and I want to get tested. How long should I wait in order to get reliable test results?

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According to the CDC, symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure, but we recommend calling your primary care provider for instructions on what to do next.

Q What should I do if I get negative test results but am still experiencing symptoms?

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CDC guidelines recommend that you continue to stay home, take care of yourself and monitor your symptoms. If your symptoms worsen, please call your provider to discuss or call 9-1-1 if conditions are severe.

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For more information, please contact our staff at (619) 515-2300.

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