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SF Now Offering Free COVID Testing for All “Essential Workers”

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Earlier today Mayor London Breed and Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax announced that San Francisco will begin COVID-19 testing for all essential workers in both the public and private sectors. The program, called CityTestSF was previously only for “front line” workers and people exhibiting symptoms. Any resident with symptoms will still be eligible for testing, and there’s a focus on those who are uninsured or have barriers to healthcare.

In this case essential workers are:

– Anyone who has to leave their home to do their job and interact with the public.
– People who can’t social distance on the job.
– Workers who are over 60 years old

Essential workers don’t need to show symptoms to get a test. All eligible people can schedule a test right here. Test results typically come back within 1 to 3 days.

Worried you might have COVID-19 but you aren’t considered an essential worker? You can get tested, without a doctor’s note if you have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • A fever greater than 100 F/37.8 C
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny nose
  • Congestion

You can schedule a test right here. Test results typically come back within 1 to 3 days.

You can read the entire press release from the Mayor’s Office right here.

Shout out SF Funcheap for the tip!

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