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Interested in getting tested for #COVID19 to help protect yourself or other people? There is now a testing site open in Del Norte County through the Baseline COVID-19 program in support of California’s community-based testing program. Learn more: https://www.projectbaseline.com/covid-19/

See how #COVID19 testing through the Baseline COVID-19 Program works. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y54PJNfEy54

Who: This is a collaboration between Del Norte County Public Health and Office of Emergency Services (providing program oversight) with Del Norte Unified School District (providing site locations), the State of California CDPH & CalOES (providing the program), and Verily (the contractor hired by the State to actually do the work). It is available to anyone over age 18.

What: A free, drive-thru test site for COVID19. This is diagnostic testing, NOT antibody testing.

When: The launch date is May 29th and the first week the unit will operate Friday and Saturday from 9am - 2pm. After that, the mobile unit will be in Del Norte 3x week, Monday-Wednesday.

Where: The program is launching at Del Norte High School, but we hope to make it available in outlying communities in the near future.  Click here to view a map of the testing location.

Why: As we begin to see community spread, it is important to identify those who are COVID+ in order to isolate them (and treat if necessary) in order to protect our most at-risk populations and to prevent our small hospital from being inundated.  If the local healthcare system is overwhelmed the risk of poor outcomes for those infected goes up substantially.

How: Register online at www.projectbaseline.com/COVID19  You MUST be registered to receive a test. Once you receive confirmation and an appointment, you will arrive in your vehicle with ID ready for verification. You will keep your window rolled up until asked to roll it down. You will administer the swab yourself under the guidance of a healthcare professional. This is a nasal swab test – not the nasal pharyngeal often referred to as the “brain scrape”. The healthcare professional onsite will take  your sample and it will get sent to a lab for processing. Most results are returned within 3 days, although it may take longer depending on current capacity at the lab. Negative results will be emailed. Positive results will get an email and a phone call. All positive results are shared with the local public health department for follow up.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a California community-based testing site?

The California community-based COVID-19 testing program is a state-directed, federally supported public health program operated in partnership with local public health agencies, the California Governor’s office, and the California Department of Public Health and includes philanthropic support and contributions from a number of entities, including Verily and Google, and partners across the healthcare industry.

What is the Baseline COVID-19 Program?

The Baseline COVID-19 Program was established as part of California’s community-based testing program under the direction of the California Department of Public Health. The Baseline COVID-19 Program is a connected and secure solution to support individuals from screening through testing and receipt of their test results, which is done under physician direction. Unlike a simple digital screener, this connected solution enables follow-up with individuals who are screened for future testing based on changes in screening criteria. This program has already screened thousands of individuals in California.

What is Project Baseline by Verily?

Project Baseline is an initiative to make it easy and engaging for people to contribute to the map of human health and participate in clinical research. The Baseline platform is purpose-built for securely managing personal health information and has been in use for several years. In collaboration with the California Governor’s office, federal, state, and local public health authorities, the Baseline platform is being used to facilitate screening and testing people for COVID-19.

What is Verily?

Project Baseline was founded by Verily, a subsidiary of Alphabet focused on life sciences and healthcare and a sister company to Google.

How are testing sites determined?

The state of California is working to identify the best locations and the timeline to add additional community-based testing sites. Their criteria are focused on operating in the places where the public health will be most improved through testing.

What are the exact criteria for getting selected for testing?

The screening questions were designed using public health officials’ guidelines to assess an individual’s level of risk related to COVID-19 exposure and eligibility for testing through this program. Anyone over the age of 18 who wishes to have a test will now be able to receive one.

Who is administering the swab collection onsite?

Qualified healthcare providers, including nurses and nurse practitioners from a number of organizations, are administering the nasal swab collection procedure.

Who is processing the tests?

The tests are being processed by clinical lab testing facilities, such as Quest Diagnostics.

How much does testing cost?

Testing is free to individuals, other than the cost of gas/transportation to get to the testing facility.

How quickly are results returned?

The labs we work with have estimated that those tested will receive results within 2-5 days, however this may be longer depending on test processing. Lab capacity has been extremely limited in the early days of state-wide testing, and that capacity is steadily increasing over time.

Is the testing available for English speakers only?

As the effort moves out of the pilot phase, you can expect to see multiple languages offered, starting with Spanish.