Attention Contra Costa Members

Posted January 28, 2022

Click the link below and you can be eligible to receive up to 4 test for free delivered to your door and yes it is free.

Also please be on the look out for Vac events you can find them on our website

Last thing is please note that the local is still closed due to covid, please call and make an appointment @ 707-644-2249 and we will be able to assist you more.

All About COVID-19 Tests and Masks

How to get rapid home tests and information about what mask to wear

Todo sobre las pruebas y cubrebocas de COVID-19Cómo obtener pruebas caseras rápidas e información sobre qué cubrebocas usar

As Contra Costa County and the state are experiencing a surge in Omicron COVID-19 cases, the demand for both PCR tests and at-home rapid testing has skyrocketed and daily testing is at the highest level ever.

We’re also seeing the highest testing positivity rate – 20%.

Due to high demand, walk-in testing is no longer available.  Free PCR tests are available by appointment through health providers, pharmacies and at county or state operated clinics by calling 833-829-2626 or visiting our Get Tested page.  

Please do NOT go to an emergency room (ER) to get tested.  This places an additional burden on our ER services and exposes you to COVID-19.

How to Get Free Rapid At-Home Tests

Rapid at-home antigen tests are now more easily available online.  Every home in the U.S. can order four free at-home COVID-19 tests online from the Federal government with tests shipped in 7-12 days.

  You can also order at-home tests online from private entities (which may come faster than the Federal tests) and your health insurance will reimburse you for 8 tests per month up to $12 per test. Here’s more information about this.

What’s the Difference Between a Rapid At-Home Antigen and PCR Tests?

PCR tests are highly sensitive and very accurate.  They are the best option to determine if you’re infected but turnaround can take 24-72 hours to get results.  These tests are highly accurate to identify cases in the early stages of infection.   The downside is that these tests can stay positive weeks or months after an infection, even when you are no longer contagious.

Rapid At-Home Antigen Tests are less accurate than PCR tests but you get results within 15 minutes.  They are less accurate in the early stages of an infection when there is less virus in your system or you have no symptoms.  You might have a false negative in these tests especially at the beginning or the end of your illness (which is when you have a low amount of virus). They are fairly accurate at detecting the virus if you have symptoms.

Which Masks Provide the Best Protection?

Health officials believe the best mask is the one you can get and keep on your face comfortably! Any type of mask is better than no mask at all.  

N-95 and KN-95 masks provide the best protection against COVID-19 followed by surgical masks. Cloth masks provide the least protection.   Double up on masks if you can comfortably do so. For example, wear an N-95, KN-95 or surgical mask with a cloth mask over it.

Get Vaccinated!

The best protection against COVID-19 is to get vaccinated.  91% of the 1,086 COVID-19 deaths in Contra Costa County are among the unvaccinated. While nearly 80% of eligible county residents have 2 doses of the vaccine, only about 45% have a booster.

Go to our Get Vaccinated page for more information.