COVID-19 tests are quick, easy, and free.
Widespread testing provides a more accurate picture of how many cases exist in our community. It allows us to identify cases and increase our understanding of COVID-19 community transmission so we can be prepared in stopping an outbreak.
As COVID-19 cases rise, we understand the frustration people are experiencing as they try to get a COVID-19 test. An important reminder: Emergency departments at local hospitals are not places to get tested. Please only visit the emergency room for a medical emergency. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms that are not severe: Stay home, mask up, and get tested when possible. Make an appointment at one of the testing sites below to get tested.
Not sure if you should visit the emergency department for your COVID-19 symptoms? Use the CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker to help you decide whether to seek medical care.
Who should get tested?
You should get tested in the following situations:
Regardless of Vaccination Status:
- As soon as you begin having COVID-19 symptoms.
- 5 days after close contact with someone with COVID-19.
If you work in a healthcare setting, you may have additional requirements.
You may want to get tested to help slow the spread in the following situations:
- You live in a congregate setting, such as a homeless shelter or college dorm.
- You work in a high-density workplace, such as a factory.
- You work somewhere where you are at high risk of encountering someone with COVID-19, such as public transit, restaurants, and retail.
Where can I get tested?
IHealth: Free At-Home Rapid Antigen Tests
Step-by-Step Instructions (English | Spanish) [PDF]
Step 1: Get the materials
Step 2: Test yourself or family member
Download Instructions in Spanish
Step 3: Understand your test results
If the test is positive: Stay home from work or school and contact your doctor right away. There are new treatments that you may be eligible to receive. You might also be asked to get a PCR test by the local health department. Isolate at home and wear a mask around people. Isolate according to CDC guidance.
If the test results are not clear: Repeat the test or find a local testing site to retest. Make sure you have a photo of your test.
Step 4: Please report your test results on Primary.Health. DO NOT USE the iHealth app.
Primary.Health is a secure website that reports your results to the Health Department.
- Register for Primary.Health at https://my.primary.health/l/cdphcbootc
- No internet? Call your results in at (650)-275-5419
Curative: Mobile Testing Van and Walk-Up PCR(888) 702-9042
Make an appointment
CSA Building Walk-Up (Flyer) [pdf]
251 E Hackett Rd.
Modesto, CA 95358
Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4pm
OptumServe: In-Office & Drive-Thru PCR Testing
Make an Appointment
1 (888) 634-1123
Locations are subject to change.
Make an appointment.
Sites are closed daily from 11am - 12pm and 4pm - 5pm
Rube Boesch Center
275 North Orange Street
Turlock, CA 95382
Ceres Unified School District - District Offices
2491 Lawrence Street
Annex Meeting Room 2
Ceres, CA 95307
(Located behind Walter White Elementary School and down the street from Ceres High School)
Salida Library Parking Lot
4835 Sisk Road
Salida, CA 95368
* Drive-Thru and On-Foot Clients Welcome
**Testing site is located outdoors on the right side of the library. Please do not enter the library building for testing.
HR Suppport: PCR Testing
Walk-ins only. Pre-Registration is required.
1 University Cir.
Turlock, CA 95382
Enter through Andre Ln or Calaveras Way.
Scan the QR Code to Pre-Register:
Find Additional Testing Locations
Search the State of California's interactive map to find a test site near you.
When will I receive my test results?
Testing turnaround time may vary depending on demand and the test provider. For the OptumServe testing sites listed above, the average turnaround time is about 2-3 days.