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Where to Get a Free COVID-19 Test in San Diego County

Here's a look at all state-run and county-run testing sites in San Diego

Testing sites managed by the California Department of Public Health and the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency have opened across San Diego to help the county reach its current goal of administering about 6,700 COVID-19 tests per day.

The county has also deployed mobile testing sites in an effort to make testing widely available for priority populations.

Here's a look at all state-run and county-run testing sites across San Diego.

The county recommends people with and without symptoms who are at higher risk for COVID-19 should be tested. Healthcare and essential workers should also get a test, as well as people who had close contact to a positive case or live in communities that are being highly impacted.

All testing sites are weather permitted, call 211 to double-check which ones are open.


State Testing Sites

State-run testing sites do not require a referral from a doctor. All state-run testing sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. If you are unable to schedule online, call (888) 634-1123. Testing is free.

The state-run testing sites are located at:

  • Chula Vista testing site (Old Sears building), 565 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91910
  • Kimball Senior Center, 1221 D Ave, National City, CA 91950
  • California Center for the Arts, Escondido Center Theater, 260 N. Escondido Blvd. Escondido CA 92025
  • San Diego County Assessor Office, 200 S. Magnolia Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020
  • San Ysidro Civic Center, 212 West Park Ave. San Ysidro, CA 92173
  • North Inland Live Well Health Center, 649 W. Mission Ave. Oceanside, CA 920256

County Testing Sites

County-run testing sites do not require a referral from a doctor. An appointment is not required at all County testing locations. The county recommends residents to first call their health care provider for a testing appointment. Those without or who could not secure an appointment through their health care provider can schedule a test online or by calling 211 and asking for the Nurse Triage Line. Testing is free.

North County Testing Sites

  • Cal State San Marcos' Viasat Building, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, CA 92078
    • Walk-up testing will be held seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
  • Linda Rhoades Recreation Center, 600 North Santa Fe Ave, 92084
    • Testing will be held seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
  • Northgate Market, 1150 E. Vista Way, Vista, CA 92084
    • One day testing site: The days this testing site is available varies. Please check the county website here for more info on when testing will be available at this location.

San Diego Testing Sites

  • Tubman-Chavez Community Center, 415 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114
    • Walk-in testing will be held seven days a week between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
  • Former USD Electronics Recycling Center, 5330 Linda Vista Rd., San Diego, CA 92110
    • The walk-in testing site will be held seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
  • San Diego State University (SDSU) Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center
    • Walk-in testing will be held Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary. ( Designated free parking in LOT 7)
  • Euclid Health Center, 292 Euclid Ave., San Diego, CA 92114
    • Testing will be held on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Mira Mesa Senior Center, 8460 Mira Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92126
    • Drive-up testing will be held Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Appointments are required.
  • San Diego Mexican Consulate, 1549 India St. San Diego, CA 92101.
    • Walk-in testing will be held on Mondays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
  • Note: The county testing site formerly operating at San Diego County Credit Union Stadium (SDCCU) in Mission Valley has been relocated to San Diego State University (see above)

East County Testing Sites

  • Sycuan Market, 4915 Dehesa Rd, El Cajon CA 92019
    • Drive-up testing will be held Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Assessor Recorder County Clerk Building, 200 South Magnolia Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020
    • Walk-in testing will be held Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Appointments are recommended. Testing is available for individuals 2 months and over.
  • Lemon Grove Community Center, 3146 School Lane, 91945
    • Walk-in testing will be held Monday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
  • Chicano Federation: Trojan Place, 5222 Trojan Ave, San Diego, CA 92115
    • Walk-in testing is available every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
  • County Fire - Lakeside Library, 9839 Vine St, Lakeside, CA 92040
    • One day testing site: The days this testing site is available varies. Please check the county website here for more info on when testing will be available at this location.
  • County Fire - Rancho San Diego Library, 11555 Via Rancho San Diego, El Cajon, CA 92019.
    • One day testing site: The days this testing site is available varies. Please check the county website here for more info on when testing will be available at this location.
  • County Fire - Mt. Empire High School, 3305 Buckman Springs Rd, 91962.
    • One day testing site: The days this testing site is available varies. Please check the county website here for more info on when testing will be available at this location.
  • County Fire - Jamul/Deerhorn Jamul Intermediate School, 14545 Lyons Valley Rd, Jamul, CA 91935
    • One day testing site: The days this testing site is available varies. Please check the county website here for more info on when testing will be available at this location.

South Bay Testing Sites

  • Aquatica San Diego, 2052 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista, CA 91911
    • Drive-up testing will be held Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
  • Old Sears Building in Chula Vista, 565 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91910
    • Walk-in testing will be held Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Testing is available for individuals 2 months and over.
  • South Chula Vista Library, 389 Orange Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91911
    • Drive-up testing will be held Sunday through Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
  • County Fire- Bonita Sunnyside Fire Department, 4900 Bonita Rd, Bonita, CA 91902
    • One day testing site: The days this testing site is available varies. Please check the county website here for more info on when testing will be available at this location.
  • Kimball Senior Center, 1221 D Ave, National City, CA 91950
    • Walk-in testing is held Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Appointments available but not required. Testing is available for individuals 2 months and over.
  • St. Anthony of Padua Parking Lot, 410 W 18th Street, National City, CA 91950
    • Drive-up testing will be held on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments are required
  • San Ysidro Civic Center, 212 West Park Ave, San Ysidro, CA 92173
    • Walk-in testing will be held Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
  • San Ysidro Port of Entry PedEast, 795 E. San Ysidro Blvd, San Ysidro, CA 92173
    • Walk-in testing will be held Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
  • Sports Park Recreation Center, 425 Imperial Beach Blvd, 91932
    • Walk-in testing will be held Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

The migrant community is considered a vulnerable population and when calling 211 should let a nurse know of their insurance status to receive an appointment and be connected with a community health care provider, the county said.

To find community-run testing sites, click here to find one near you.

Rady Children’s Hospital is partnering with the county to offer 2,000 COVID-19 testings daily. For more details, click here.

CVS Health has also announced plans to increase testing at about 1,000 locations across the country. For locations in San Diego County, click here.

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