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Free Coronavirus Testing Center Launches In Hayward

Tom Wolf
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Microbiologist Jared Seiders analyzes a PCR run inside the extraction lab at the Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of Laboratories on Friday, March 6, 2020

Good news for East Bay residents and health centers: a new, free COVID19 testing center is opening in Hayward.

The goal is to take pressure off of emergency rooms. The center plans to test about 350 people per day. It will focus on those who are sick or suspect they have been exposed, as well as first responders and health care workers. The City of Hayward says people can expect to receive their test results in as little as 6 hours, or the next day for most cases.

A representative for the city said that as of this morning the testing has been orderly, with a few dozen people showing up to be screened. They said the screening process can be done inside the car. Once approved, patients will park and go to a testing tent. 

The center is open to anyone regardless of where they live or immigration status. It’s located at Hayward Fire Station #7, 28270 Huntwood Avenue. Get more information about the new testing center at Hayward's website.