Unauthorized COVID Test Sites Pop Up in SF
The San Francisco Department of Public Health has been alerted to unauthorized COVID-19 testing sites that have been popping up around the city.
KRON4 and Mission Local shared the news that an unauthorized testing site offering free PCR tests has popped up on the sidewalk with a pop-up tent in Dolores Park and then moved across the street to the corner of 18th and Dolores streets.
The testing site is run by Community Wellness America, Inc. which is likely operating without a permit. The same company was shut down in Marin County in August of last year for operating an unlicensed pop-up testing facility.
All 23 Free (Official) COVID Testing Sites in SF – updated January 7, 2022
SF Gate reports that there are also unauthorized sites near Stanyan and Haight and that the city of San Francisco reports that none of the reported sites that Community Wellness America has set up appears to have a permit. And there have been many reports that people have have not yet received their test results.
The Department of Public Health urges people to use caution and only utilize authorized testing facilities. All testing sites should be able to furnish a valid Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) permit through the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) if requested.
In San Francisco, find an authorized testing facility at sf.gov/gettested.
Unauthorized COVID-19 test sites are popping up throughout the City. We know demand for testing is high. Please use authorized testing sites or FDA-approved rapid tests. Go to your provider first, if you have one, or check out testing sites in SF at https://t.co/BpmMAW3Jxy.
— SFDPH (@SF_DPH) January 7, 2022