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**For vaccine clinic info, visit www.solanocounty.com/covidvaccine
The LHI / OptumServe sites in Vacaville and Vallejo are now closed. Please see below for available COVID-19 testing resources.
Where can I get a PCR test?
1. Your primary care provider: Check with your healthcare provider on how to get tested if you are symptomatic.
2. CVS Minute Clinic: CVS is offering PCR testing. Go to their website (CVS Minute Clinic), type in your zip code and the website will offer the closest minute clinic near you. Follow the onscreen instructions to set your appointment.
Additional testing resources can be found via the California Department of Public Health's website here.
Where can I get a rapid antigen test?
1. Solano Town Center:
Solano County has a free 15-minute COVID-19 rapid antigen testing center. Open Tuesday - Saturday
Hours of operation at the Solano Town Center Mall are:
- Tuesday-Thursday from 11:00am to 6:00pm
- Friday from 11:00am to 5:30pm
- Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Solano Town Center, 1451 Gateway Blvd., Fairfield, CA. Enter through the outside entrance to the right of H&M (in the old Forever 21 storefront).
The Solano Town Center Mall provides free BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self Testing. The BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen self-test was authorized for nonprescription home use with self-collected direct anterior nasal (nares) swab samples for:
- Individuals ages 2 or older, and
- Adult collected samples from individuals ages 2 or older.
- *The BinaxNOW self-test has not been authorized for those under the age of 2.
Parents are encouraged to check with their primary care providers before testing.
2. CVS Minute Clinic: CVS is offering antigen testing. Go to their website (CVS Minute Clinic), type in your zip code and the website will offer the closest minute clinic near you. Follow the onscreen instructions to set your appointment.
CVS will have many different brands of rapid antigen tests. Please be sure to read the directions to determine what age groups the test is authorized for.
Types of COVID-19 Tests
There are two different diagnostic tests that detect if you have an active COVID-19 infection:
- Molecular tests, also known as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. PCR tests detect the presence of a virus if you have the virus at the time of the test. The test could also detect fragments of the virus, even after you are no longer infectious. The average turnaround time is one to three days, depending on lab processing. If you test positive, please take steps to isolate yourself.
- Antigen tests, also known as rapid tests or at-home tests. Antigen tests detect the presence of a specific viral antigen. The rapid antigen tests are accurate and typically correlates with infectiousness. The results may come back in as little as 15 to 45 minutes. You can also visit our Isolation and Exposure page and follow the instructions about what to do if infected.
Test to Treat
For test-to-treat options, please reach out to your healthcare provider.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) provides FREE virtual COVID-19 visits for Californians ages 12 and up to support uninsured and underinsured individuals within the State of California who cannot connect with a healthcare provider within 24 hours of receiving a positive test result. If you are insured, please try to reach out to your healthcare provider first. If you have difficulty doing so within 24 hours of your positive result, you may proceed with booking via sesamecare.com/covid. COVID-19 medications must be taken within 5-7 days of symptoms starting to be effective. COVID-19 medications are only approved for those who have symptoms.
At-Home Test Kits are now "Free"
As of January 15th, health insurance companies will be required to reimburse Americans for eight at-home rapid test kits per person a month. If an individual has been directed to undergo COVID-19 testing by their healthcare provider because of underlying health conditions or other factors, there is no limit on the number of tests covered. Health insurance carriers can establish in-network pharmacies where the cost will be covered up front, and cap coverage at out-of-network retailers at $12 per test. For more information, please reach out to your healthcare provider.
What if I don't have health insurance? For those who are uninsured, locations are being established where you can pick up free at-home rapid tests. Some community health clinics are offering free at-home rapid kits. For a list of community clinics, click here.
Regardless of healthcare status, every U.S. household can order four free test kits from the federal government here. Orders will ship in 1-2 weeks.
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