Del Norte Community COVID-19 Testing Site
Those older than 18 years, regardless of residence, can schedule an appointment to get tested at the new community-based testing site. Testing is FREE and is available Mon-Wed.
Del Norte High School (in the parking lot adjacent to the football field)
1301 El Dorado Street
Crescent City, CA 95531
Eligible persons must be 18 years or older, live in Del Norte County, and be willing to electronically sign the COVID-19 Public Health Authorization Form and Lab Consent. Based on the COVID-19 screener and testing appointment availability, individuals will be provided a testing location appointment.
Please visit www.projectbaseline.com/COVID19 to learn more.
For those individuals without online access or who are not English-proficient, the Department of Health and Human Services is providing assistance via telephone or in-person. For assistance, please call 707-464-3191 or visit 880 Northcrest Dr., Crescent City, Mon-Fri, 8 am – 5 pm (closed for lunch, 12 pm – 1 pm).
Please note that this testing site is only accessible by vehicle. Persons on foot cannot be tested.
This site uses the mid-turbinate swab and not the NP swab.
If your testing appointment was unexpected canceled, we apologize. To reschedule your test, you can:
Go to projectbaseline.com/COVID19 after waiting 24 hours from your last testing time and make another appointment.
Go to projectbaseline.com/covid-support and click the phone or email icon on the bottom right of the page in the purple oval. Enter in your email or phone number and Verily will contact you.
Who Should Get Tested
As of July 23, 2020, CDPH has updated its COVID-19 testing guidelines. Over the past 3 months, testing has expanded rapidly in California and CDPH has recommended prioritization of testing. More detailed information about testing guidelines can be found on the CDPH website.
The state-sponsored site is available for anyone who would like to get tested. You do not need to be experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 in order to get a test, but the new guidance from CDPH will impact the order in which commercial labs process tests.
Types of Tests
There are two types of tests available for COVID-19 in Del Norte County:
Viral Detection Tests
Viral detection testing is used to detect current infection. It is also referred to as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, molecular test, or nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT). It is a diagnostic test that finds genetic material from SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19.
Only viral detection tests can accurately diagnose COVID-19. The Del Norte Testing Site uses this test.
Serologic (Antibody) Tests
Serology testing, or antibody testing, detects the presence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in your body from a previous infection. Because it takes 1-3 weeks after an infection for your body to create antibodies, this type of testing cannot detect if you have a current infection.
There are also two types of serologic tests:
Rapid serology (antibody) tests use a small, finger-stick blood sample, but at this time, many of the rapid tests have not been fully validated and the results of these tests are inconclusive.
Laboratory serology (antibody) tests use venipuncture, a larger blood sample usually taken from the arm, and while this is a much more reliable test for detecting SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, there are still many unknowns about interpreting the results.
Some points to keep in mind about antibody tests:
A negative serology (antibody) test means you have not developed an immune response to COVID-19, but it does not necessarily mean that you didn't have a COVID-19 infection. It can take 1-3 weeks to develop antibodies following an infection.
You may not be protected from COVID-19 even if you have antibodies. We don't know yet if having antibodies can protect against getting infected again or how long protection could last.
It's unknown if these tests are sensitive to detecting antibodies only to SARS-CoV-2 or if they are detecting antibodies to other coronaviruses.
It is important that even after a serology (antibody) test comes back positive, you continue to take precautions recommended for the general public.
Where to Get Tested
Local Provider Testing
Most healthcare providers also offer COVID-19 testing to patients who meet testing criteria. If you need to be tested for COVID-19, start by reaching out to your normal healthcare provider.
If you do not have a normal healthcare provider, you can contact Sutter Urgent Care at 707-464-8818 or Redwood Urgent Care at 707-298-2011.
You may also call the Sutter COVID-19 Advice Line at 866-961-2889 from 8 am to 6 pm every day.
Some healthcare providers are using commercial labs for serology (antibody) testing. Please call your healthcare provider to confirm. Redwood Urgent Care is also offering serology (antibody) testing at their Eureka site.
Retesting After a Positive Test
Del Norte County uses a non-test strategy to release confirmed COVID-19 cases from isolation. It usually takes a person 10 days from when they first get sick to no longer be infectious as long as they are no longer showing symptoms. Some workplaces may require negative tests in order to resume work.
A person who was positive for COVID-19 can still turn up positive on a test after they've recovered. This is because the virus is still shedding genetic material that shows up on a test, but this does not necessarily mean they are still infectious.
The CDC comments, "The best available evidence suggests that most persons recovered from illness with detectable viral RNA (either persistent or recurrent) are likely no longer infectious, but conclusive evidence is not currently available. Prolonged viral shedding has been demonstrated without direct correlation with replication-competent virus. Although persons may produce PCR-positive specimens for up to 6 weeks, it remains unknown whether these PCR-positive samples represent the presence of infectious virus. Such persons should consult with their healthcare provider; strategies to address this might include additional PCR testing. When a test-based strategy is not feasible or desired, consider consultation with local infectious disease experts about discontinuing home isolation for patients who might have prolonged viral shedding, including those who are immunocompromised."