San Mateo County provides free drive-thru testing to help flatten the curve

DALY CITY, CA — An elected leader from the San Francisco Bay Area is providing free public testing for COVID-19 in an effort to flatten the curve and provide more contact tracing, especially within the Filipino community.

This is San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa — pulling up right after his drive-thru COVID-19 testing.

This is a free service put together by Canepa, research company Verily, and San Mateo County.

“They give you a vial. That vial is placed in between your lap. Then the lady says to you stick this swab up your nose until you can feel the end and then you have to swirl 10 times in one nostril, 10 times in the other.”

As of Thursday, there are a total of 1,687 confirmed COVID-19 cases in San Mateo County, along with 75 deaths.

“North San Mateo county tests the highest for COVID-19. So this is important. We cannot rest until we test. Let me say that again. We cannot rest until we test.”

While this test is for anybody who needs it — Canepa said it is important that certain workers who make up his district get tested, especially Filipinos.

“We have folks who work at the hospital but we have folks who work multiple jobs whether it’s in the skilled nursing facilities, whether it’s in six-bed homes, those people need to be tested because we know and the data shows lives are being lost in those congregant care facilities.”

For people to get this free testing, they must first register online to reserve a spot.

You will not need a doctor’s note or medical insurance.

Results will be available in one to three days.

The Daly City drive-through is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 AM to 4 PM.

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