San Francisco has 50 free COVID-19 testing sites open, 34 of which do not require proof of insurance. These sites fall under an initiative called CityTestSF, and are available to essential workers and any resident with symptoms, including those who are uninsured or have barriers to accessing healthcare.
Keep in mind:
- In order to get a free COVID-19 test through CityTestSF, you must:
- Live in San Francisco and have a symptom or a close contact with COVID-19
- Work in San Francisco and interact with the public, cannot stay 6 feet apart at your job, or work directly with people most at risk for COVID-19
- Children (13 and under) need a parent or guardian to book them an appointment
- Testing is available through drop-in or by appointment (make sure to check if your site requires an appointment before going). You do NOT need a doctor’s note to schedule a test.
- You will NOT be charged for the test
- You do NOT have to bring a photo ID, if you are asked for one you can say no
- Testing will take approximately 20 minutes and results typically take 1 to 3 days
- If your test is negative, please continue to remain cautious and follow public health recommendations (you can still be infected if exposed to the virus after testing)
- If you receive a negative test result and continue to exhibit symptoms, please get re-tested
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Some common symptoms of COVID-19 include: a fever higher than 100.4° Fahrenheit (38° Celsius), cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, chills, headache, body aches, fatigue, loss of smell or taste, diarrhea, runny nose, and congestion.
- Those under 18 do not need to get tested if they have a stuffy nose, soreness, or feel tired.
Where are the COVID-19 testing locations in San Francisco?
Visit sf.gov/citytestsf to find a testing site near you. Eligibility and appointment requirements may vary based on site, so make sure to check their site requirements.