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Team Rubicon Disaster Response’s free COVID-19 testing site at the Henry J Kaiser Convention near Lake Merritt. Photo by Zack Haber

 People who live in Oakland can get free COVID-19 tests in Oakland in at least seven different locations.

Those who have been tested described the process as painless and quick, although some said it was mildly uncomfortable.

“It was uncomfortable but the entire [process] felt smooth and painless,” said William Orr, who was tested about two weeks ago at Roots Community Health Clinic.

Orr said he waited in line for “10 to 15 minutes.”

Fenner, who was also tested at Roots, said “the hardest part was waiting around” and recommended bringing a sun hat or an umbrella. They said they had to wait for an hour but the testing itself only took about 20 seconds.

All the places listed in this article claim not to ask about immigration status and people can get tested even if they do not show symptoms.

The West Oakland Health Council (WOHC) at 700 Adeline St. requires that people first make an appointment. That can be done online using this address: https://www.oaklandca.gov/wohc or make an appointment by visiting the site. WOHC does walk-up testing outdoors and is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

WOHC Director of Communications and Operations,Steve Gardiner said test results come back in 24 to 48 hours.

Roots Community Health Center at 9925 International Blvd. also does walk-up, outdoor testing. Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Patients are encouraged to make an appointment online using this address: https://www.research.net/r/Rootstesting or they can show up on site and make an appointment there. Results come back in one to four days.

Allen Temple Baptist Church at 8510 International Blvd. does drive-through only testing. Some find this method safest because the patient only interacts with in-person staff when they lower their vehicle’s window to be tested. Test results come back within two to three days and patients pre-register at this address: https://www.projectbaseline.com/study/covid-19/

La Clinica has started arranging for walk-up or drive-through outdoor testing at the Fruitvale BART parking lot at the corner of 36th avenue and East 12th street. Patients should call 510-535-3370 to arrange an appointment, which can be done in English or Spanish. Testing is available from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Osita Health Clinic at 2521 Seminary Ave., Suite #1 offers free testing for walk-up or drive-through testing for those who are uninsured. They are open for testing from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Register online at this address: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0b48aaae2faaff2-covid19 or make an appointment at the clinic. Patients get results in 24 to 48 hours.

Carbon Health at 411 Grand Ave. does free testing for those without insurance. Testing is done indoors. They are open every day from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Patients can book an appointment online by going to https://carbonhealth.com/coronavirus#smart and clicking IN-CLINIC COVID-19 TESTING. Results are reported within three to five days.

Team Rubicon Disaster Response is offering free drive through and walk up testing Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. Their site is located at the Henry J Kaiser Convention Center at 10 10th Street. Results come back in 2-5 days. Patients are encouraged to make an appointment online at: projectbaseline.com/covid but can also register onsite.

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