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COVID 19

How can we help?

With the surge in more potent and contagious variant strains of the virus here in California, it is more important than ever that seniors have the most up-to-date information on COVID-19.

This webpage is designed to provide you with the most up-to-date information on:

  • COVID Testing Sites (& Pop-up Sites)– listing of sites by cities, see below
  • Home Test Kits — how to purchase, cost, reliability?
  • Scam Alerts — beware of the latest scams
  • COVID Resources – where to find help
  • COVID Vaccines — we will post the latest updates

Please click on the TABS above.


TEST SITES LISTING

COVID-19 Testing Sites in Monterey County: 

1) BY CITIES:  To help identify the closest test sites near you, we have COVID test sites listed by cities, see below.

2) PRINTABLE PDF:  For a printable copy of ALL test sites, please CLICK HERE.

NOTE:  Please bring:  1) photo ID and 2) health insurance card. 

TEST SITES–BY CITY (Click on the links below):

Note:  We strive to provide you with the most up-to-date info on the testing sites.  However, test sites may change or close without notification and we may not be able to update the info in time.  Thank you for your understanding.

CASTROVILLE:

 

CLINICA DE SALUD!
10561 Merritt St.
Castroville, CA

  • APPOINTMENT:  (831) 633-1514
  • HOURS:  M-F (8am-5pm)
  • COST:  Free. No cost.
  • SERVICES PROVIDE:  Open to everyone with or without symptoms & with or without insurance.

CASTROVILLE LIBRARY:  Drive thru test site
11160 Speegle St.
Castroville, CA

  • APPOINTMENT:   888-634-1123 or https://lhi.care/covidtesting     
  • HOURS:  Tu-Sat (8am – 8pm)
  • COST:  Free. No cost.
  • SERVICES PROVIDE:  Drive thru test site.
  • Open to everyone with or without symptoms & with or without insurance.  Can serve up to 300!

GREENFIELD:

 

Clinica de Salud!
808 Oak Ave.
Greenfield, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: (831) 674-5344
  • HOURS: M-F (8am-5pm)
  • COST:  Free. No cost.
  • SERVICES PROVIDE: Open to everyone with or without symptoms & with or without insurance

Mee Memorial Clinic
467 S El Camino Real
Greenfield, CA

  • APPOINTMENT:(831) 674-0112
  • HOURS:M-F: (8am –6:30pm)
  • COST:  Free. No cost.
  • SERVICES PROVIDE: For persons with COVID symptoms.
    • Call to schedule an appointment.
    • On appointment day, drive to the clinic’s parking lot (look for designated cones)
    • Call office to check in.
    • Doctor will come out to your car and administer nasal test.

GONZALES:

Clinica de Salud!
126 – 5th St.
Gonzales, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: (831) 675-2930
  • HOURS: M-F: (8am –5pm)
  • COST:  Free. No cost.
  • SERVICES PROVIDE: Open to everyone with or without symptoms & with or without insurance

KING CITY:

 

Clinica de Salud!
122 San Antonio Dr.
King City, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: (831) 385-5944
  • HOURS: M-F: (8am –5pm)
  • COST:  Free. No cost.
  • SERVICES PROVIDE: Open to everyone with or without symptoms & with or without insurance

Mee Memorial Hospital
300 Canal St.
King City, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: (831) 385-6000
  • SERVICES PROVIDE: Only for ER registered patients or have an appointment with the Mee Memorial Clinic  (two locations—Greenfield and King City)

MARINA:

 

Doctors On Duty
3130 Del Monte Blvd
Marina, CA

  • APPOINTMENT(online or by phone): (831) 883-3330 or http://doctorsonduty.com/locations/
  • HOURS: M-F: (8am –4pm)

Quest Diagnostics
294 Reservation Rd
Marina, CA

  • APPOINTMENT (with doctor’s order)  : (831) 384-6091 or http://patient.questdiagnostics.com/covid-testing-options
  • HOURS: M-F: (7:30am –4:30pm)
  • SERVICES PROVIDE: Offering viral (PCR) tests and antibody tests.

MONTEREY:

 

ARCpoint Labs of  Monterey Bay Drive thru test site
24560 Silver Cloud Ct. #103
Monterey, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: (831) 324-0772 or https://www.arcpointlabs.com/monterey-bay/request-an-appointment/
  • HOURS: M-F: (8am –4:30pm)
  • COST: $155 (no insurance)
  • SERVICES PROVIDE: Open to everyone with or without symptoms.

Community Hospital of Monterey (CHOMP)
23625 Holman Hwy
Monterey, CA

  • Hotline: (831) 622-8001
  • COST: NOT free
  • SERVICES PROVIDE: CHOMP provides testing for individuals who meet the criteria for symptoms and risk factors. Note this is an ER visit and is NOT free.

Doctors On Duty
501 Lighthouse Avenue
Monterey, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: (831) 649-0770 or http://doctorsonduty.com/locations/
  • HOURS: M-F (8am-6pm); Sat-Sun: (8am-4pm)

Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) Drive thru test site
980 Fremont St (parking lot “C”, near theater)
Monterey, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: No appointment necessary.
  • Phone:(831) 755-4521
  • COST: FREE. No cost
  • SERVICES PROVIDE: Hours of operation changes weekly. Call/visit their website.

Quest Diagnostics
757 Pacific St, Unit B1
Monterey, CA

  • APPOINTMENT (with doctor’s order) : (831) 373-1871 or http://patient.questdiagnostics.com/covid-testing-options
  • HOURS: M-F (7:30am-4:30pm); Sat (8am- 12pm)
  • SERVICES PROVIDE: Offering viral (PCR) tests and antibody tests.

PAJARO:

 

Clinica de Salud!
29-A Bishop Rd.
Pajaro, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: (831) 728-2505
  • HOURS: M-F: (8am –5pm)
  • COST: FREE. No cost.
  • SERVICES PROVIDE: Open to everyone with or without symptoms & with or without insurance

 

SALINAS:

 

ARCpoint Labs of Salinas Drive Thru
635 Sanborn Pl
Suite 24
Salinas, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: (831) 975-4313 or https://www.arcpointlabs.com/salinas/request-an-appointment/
  • HOURS: M-F (7:30am-4:30pm)
  • COST:$155 (no insurance)  
  • SERVICES PROVIDE: Open to everyone with or without symptoms.

Cesar Chavez Library
615 Williams Road
Salinas, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: 1-888-634-1123 or https://lhi.care/covidtesting
  • HOURS: Tu-Sat (7:30am-8pm)
  • COST: FREE. No cost
  • SERVICES PROVIDE: Open to everyone with or without symptoms & with or without insurance.
  • Patient ID # is provided for your appointment.  Testing site is located at the Building Healthy Community Room—Enter thru the parking lot.

Clinica de Salud! – Circle
950 Circle Dr.
Salinas, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: (831) 757-6237
  • HOURS: M-F (8am-7pm)
  • COST: FREE. No cost
  • SERVICES PROVIDE: Open to everyone with or without symptoms &with or without insurance.

Clinica de Salud! – N. Main
2180 N. Main St.
Salinas, Ca

  • APPOINTMENT: (831) 443-2190
  • HOURS: M-F (8am-5pm)
  • COST: FREE. No cost
  • SERVICES PROVIDE: Open to everyone with or without symptoms & with or without insurance.

Clinica de Salud! – Sanborn
219 N. Sanborn Rd
Salinas, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: (831) 757-1365
  • HOURS: M-F (8am-5pm)
  • COST: FREE. No cost
  • SERVICES PROVIDE: Open to everyone with or without symptoms & with or without insurance.

CVS Drive-thru
347 East Alisal St.
Salinas, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: 831-424-0026 or https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic
  • HOURS: M-F (8am-5pm)
  • COST: FREE. No cost
  • SERVICES PROVIDE: This is the ONLY CVS  that is offering COVID testing.
  • Must bring ID card + insurance + appointment confirmation (text or email).

Doctors On Duty – S. Main
1212 S. Main St.
Salinas, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: (831) 422-7777 or http://doctorsonduty.com/locations/
  • HOURS: M-F (8am-8pm), Sat-Sun (8am-6pm)

Doctors On Duty – Harden Urgent Care
1756 N. Main Street
Salinas, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: (831) 443-8200 or http://doctorsonduty.com/locations/
  • HOURS: M-F (8am-4pm)

Doctors On Duty – Salinas Urgent Care
558-A Abbott St
Salinas, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: (831) 755-7880 or http://doctorsonduty.com/locations/
  • HOURS: M-F (8am-5pm)

Natividad Medical Center drive thru
1441 Constitutional Blvd
Salinas, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: 831-772-7365
  • SERVICES PROVIDE: Respiratory virus screening medical tents – ONLY for those who have symptoms and risk factors. Natividad conducts pop-up drive thru test sites throughout the county.  Call their hotline or visit their Facebook for upcoming pop-up sites.

Quest Diagnostics
212 San Jose St
Ste 101
Salinas, CA

  • APPOINTMENT (with doctor’s order): (831) 424-3452 or http://patient.questdiagnostics.com/covid-testing-options
  • HOURS: M-F (6:30am-4:30pm); Sat (7am- 12pm)
  • SERVICES PROVIDE: Offers  viral (PCR) tests and antibody tests

Quest Diagnostics
631 E Alvin Dr Ste G1
Salinas, CA

  • APPOINTMENT (with doctor’s order): (831) 751-2280 or http://patient.questdiagnostics.com/covid-testing-options
  • HOURS: M-F (7:30am-4:30pm); Sat (7am- 12pm)

Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital (SVMH)
450 E. Romie Lane
Salinas, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: 831-755-0793
  • HOURS: M-F (9am-6:30pm)
  • SERVICES PROVIDE: No appointment necessary.  SVMH has respiratory virus screening medical tents – ONLY for those who have symptoms and risk factors

Walgreens
575 N Sanborn Rd
Salinas, CA

  • APPOINTMENT (Must schedule online.): (831) 751-9319 or www.walgreens.com/findcare/covid19/testing/consent
  • HOURS: M-F (8am-5pm)
  • COST: FREE. No cost
  • SERVICES PROVIDE: Receive email confirmation with appointment number. This is a SELF-ADMINISTERED test.
    1) Pickup kit at designated appointment date/time at Pharmacy drive-thru.
    2) Administer the nasal swap test yourself.
    3) Put into bag. Seal and drop off the bag at the LabCorp box next to pharmacy drive thru.

SEASIDE:

 

Doctors On Duty
1513 Fremont Blvd
Suite  E1
Seaside, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: (831) 899-1910 or http://doctorsonduty.com/locations/
  • HOURS: M-F (8am-5pm)
  • SERVICES PROVIDE: Appointment online or by phone

Seaside Health Center
1156 Fremont Blvd
Seaside, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: (831) 899-8100
  • HOURS: M-F (7am-5pm)
  • COST: Testing is FREE, but there is a fee for tele-health consultation.
  • SERVICES PROVIDE: Must have tele-health consultation (fees charged) first before testing is to be provided. Open to everyone with or without symptoms & with or without insurance.

Seaside High School
2200 Noche Buena St
Seaside, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: 1-888-634-1123 or https://lhi.care/covidtesting
  • HOURS: Tu-Sat (8am-8pm), WALK INS – 4 to 7 pm
  • COST: FREE. No cost.
  • SERVICES PROVIDE: Open to everyone with or without symptoms & with or without insurance. 

SOLEDAD:

 

Clinica de Salud!
799 Front St.
Soledad, CA

  • APPOINTMENT: (831) 678-0881
  • HOURS: M-F (8am-5pm)
  • COST: FREE. No cost.
  • SERVICES PROVIDE: Open to everyone with or without symptoms & with or without insurance

 


 

HOME TEST KITS

With the surge in COVID-19 cases and long lines at testing sites,  more and more people are opting to have their tests done at home.  For many people, the convenience of testing at home outweigh their fears / concerns about going to in-person test sites.

HOME TEST KITS: Click here

Our home test kit listing will provide you with the most up-to-date info on the types of tests available, their cost, results timeframe (some in as little as  12-hours!) and instructions on how to purchase online and what to expect.

Besides Amazon, Costco, Safeway, Quest Diagnostics, the list has info on FDA authorized test approved for travel to Hawaii and Bermuda.

The list will be updated as new information becomes available.

NOTE:  For seniors considering Home Test kits, this listing will help you understand the options available.  The list does not endorse any particular product as a matter of policy.  All kits listed are FDA authorized.

Please click here for the home COVID test kit.

 

 

SCAMS ALERTS

COVID-19 VACCINE SCAM:

Beware of scam robocalls, texts, phony emails  and social media sites offering early vaccines.  Some crooks on the WhatsApp social media platform have promoted a “vaccine” package for $79.00 for persons interested in avoid long lines.  NOTE: The only way to access Pfizer’s or Moderna’s vaccine is through a government-authorized vaccination site.

 Vaccine scam prevention tips:

  • Do not pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine
  • Do not pay for early access to the vaccine
  • Do not give out your social security number or credit card numbers
  • Ignore any vaccine officers that ask for your personal or financial information

For questions and answers on COVID-19 vaccine visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/#Questions-and-answers

Contact Tracing Scam

Scammers impersonating as contact tracers and are calling potential victims, sending web links and text messages about fictitious COVID-19 cases and asking for social security numbers, financial and other sensitive info NOT required for contact tracing.  For more info, click here.  Recent scams:

  • Fake COVID-19 testing letter that appears to come from the state. The letter states that people must be tested for COVID-19 or lose access to their benefits. The letter asks people to visit a (fake) website to provide personal info.
  • Beware of door-to-door solicitors selling test kits, and robocalls about “special virus kits” that ask for your Medicare number to send a “free” test.
  • Watch for fraudulent emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control or other experts saying they have cures for covid.
  • For updates on the latest scams, click here. If you are concerned that you might be a victim of a scam, click here.

 

  • Gourley VA-DoD Outpatient Clinic,  201 9th St., Marina, CA.
  • To schedule an appointment, please call (650) 496-2535.  Monday – Friday between 8AM- 6PM.
  • Updated vaccine info at:  click here.

COVID RESOURCES

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

NEW):  COVID AND MENTAL HEALTH

Did you know that calls to the Suicide Prevention Hotline have skyrocketed during the pandemic?  Sad, but true.  The Monterey Herald recently profiled the MENTAL HEALTH crisis affecting teens, adults and seniors in our county during COVID.

  •  If you are an older adult (55 and above) and  feeling lonely, hopeless and worried during the pandemic, you are NOT ALONE!  Alliance on Aging’s Senior Peer Counseling Program can help you.
  • AOA’s counselors can provide you with tips and strategies for coping with isolation, anxiety and depression.  CLICK HERE for more info.
  • CLICK HERE to read the outstanding Monterey Herald article on mental health crisis.

CONFIDENTIAL HOTLINE: FOR FARMER WORKERS & FAMILY

The Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office has recently set up a 24 hour confidential hotline for farm workers and their families to report safety issues relating to COVID-19 and wildfire smoke challenge for the “essential” labor force.

The hotline is the first of its kind in California and is spearheaded by Supervisor Luis Alejo.

  • Hotline:  (831) 809-2394 (bilingual) 24hr, 7 days a week
  • Issues:  safety issues such as the availability of masks and other protective measures, the application of pesticide and more.

 

MEDICARE TO COVER COVID-19 TESTS

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that Medicare will cover coronavirus testing.  All COVID-19 tests ordered by your doctor or health care provider will be covered under Medicare Part B as a diagnostic laboratory test and there will be no out-of-pocket costs. Coverage can be back dated to February 4, 2020.

 

(NEW) COVID-19–LEGAL HOTLINE ON REPLACEMENT INCOME AND JOB PROTECTED LEAVE

The California Rural Legal Assistance is offering a new free and confidential hotline that is providing legal consultation on: 1) COVID-19 and a worker’s rights at work; 2) how to get paid and unpaid time off if affected by COVID-19; and 3) unemployment benefits and other wage replacement options.  Hotline phone number is 1-800-357-9513.

 

HEALTH:  COVID-19 AND SENIORS

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a warning for older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions (such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease) who are at a higher risk of getting very sick from Coronavirus COVID-19.  The virus is spreading easily and is sustainable in the community.  For additional information about COVID-19 and how to protect yourself, here are some useful information:

COVID VACCINES

IMPORTANT LINKS:

Monterey County vaccine web page: Click here.

California State vaccine web page: Click here.

CDC Vaccine web page: Click here.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR COVID VACCINE?

Feb 17 and onward (two new categories added):

1) Seniors 65 and older who live in the following zip codes:

  • North County:  95012; 95039; 95076
  • Peninsula and Big Sur:  93933; 93955
  • Salinas:  93901, 93905, 93906
  • South County:  93926, 93927, 93930, 93960

2) Seniors 65+ and work in one of these industries:

  • Agriculture, Food, Education, Childcare. Emergency services.

Proof of eligibility is required.  Accepted documentation include:

  • Driver’s license, California ID card or REAL ID card (from the DMV), Military ID, Passport.

HOW DO I GET AN APPOINTMENT FOR VACCINE?

(Ongoing) ONLINE Registration:

Check frequently for openings at the following web sites. Appointments are made via ONLINE registration only.

Note:  The County’s website lists ALL local hospitals and clinics with openings for vaccine appointments. To schedule an appointment, click here and scroll down to “Schedule Vaccination Appointment”.  Must register via Google Chrome.

LOCAL HOSPITALS:

  • Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP):  Online appointment.
  • Mee Memorial:  Online appointment.
  • Natividad:  Open appointments are available thru the County’s vaccine webpage, click here.
  • Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital System (SVMHS):  Patients of the SVMHS who meet the vaccine requirements can sign up at:  mychart.svmh.com

OTHER VACCINATION REGISTRATION:

  • Veterans Administration: Gourley VA-DoD Outpatient Clinic, Marina. Call (650) 496-2535; M–F (8AM- 6PM) to schedule an appointment.  Updated VA vaccine info:  click here.
  • Clinica de Salud (831) 757-8689 or Primecare (831) 751-7070.  Existing patients will be contacted by your primary doctor at the two clinics for an appointment.
  • Sutter Healthcare in Watsonville/ Santa Cruz:  Click here for appointments.
  • CVS Pharmacy: Online appointment or call 800-746-7287.

(NEW) COVID VACCINE FOR VETERANS (Thurs, FEB 25)

Attention veterans 65 and up:  The Veteran Administration (VA) will be administering 400 doses of vaccine this Thursday, February 25 at:

  • Gourley VA-DoD Outpatient Clinic,  201 9th St., Marina, CA.
  • To schedule an appointment, please call (650) 496-2535.  Monday – Friday between 8AM- 6PM.
  • Updated vaccine info at:  click here.

(NEW):  COVID TOWN HALL AT CHOMP (WED, FEB 24 @ 5:30PM)

The Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) is hosting a Q&A town hall meeting on COVID vaccines with Dr. Martha Blum, Medical Director, Infection Prevention.  Discussions will center on the benefits and side effects of the vaccines and who is eligible to get the vaccine during the early stages.

  • Date/Time:  Wed, Feb 24 (5:30pm – 6:30pm).
  • Online Registration:  Required before the event.  Register:  www.chomp.org/classes
  • Web Link:  Will be sent once you register.
  • For more info, click here or call (831) 625-4505.

COVID VACCINE FOR 75+ (PHASE 1B, TIER 1)

On Jan 25, Monterey County Health Department announced that persons 75 years and older can now begin scheduling appointments for COVID vaccines.

  • The County has setup a Vaccine Portal if you are interested in being notified about the upcoming COVID-19 vaccination status.
  • For the Monterey County vaccine effort, please read their press release.

IMPORTANT LINKS:

  • To Schedule A COVID Vaccine Appointment:  For persons 75+ and older, please  CLICK HERE or
  • https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/health/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/vaccination-registration
  • Note: Monterey County continues to vaccinate health care workers (Phase 1a Tiers 1,2 and 3). Vaccine remains in limited supply.
  • Monterey County COVID Vaccine Updates:  click here.

COVID Vaccine for Anyone 65+ Years old

(Jan 13):  Governor Newsom announced that he is making “Californians 65 and older the next group eligible to receive the COVID vaccine”.  No details on how quickly this will take place.

Here’s what we do know:

  • Phase 1A – The Governor said: “those in health care workers and long-term care residents – remain the highest priority to receive vaccines”.
  • Currently, Monterey County continues to vaccinate health care workers in Phase 1a Tiers 1,2 and 3. Vaccine remains in limited supply.
  • For those who are age 65 and older and are interested in getting vaccinated, the Monterey County Health Department is working in partnership with local health care providers to make vaccination opportunities available to you as soon as possible.
  • For the Monterey County Dept of Health’s press release,  click here.

TIERS Schedule:  Click here for ENGLISH.

TIERS Schedule: Click here for SPANISH

Check out the Monterey County’s vaccine web page.  CLICK HERE.

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