There are two kinds of tests for COVID-19: viral tests and antibody tests.

  • A viral test tells you if you have a current infection.
  • An antibody test tells you if you had a previous infection.

Close to 40% of people who test positive experience no symptoms (asymptomatic), but are still spreading the disease. Those persons who are symptomatic OR who are identified as a close contact (anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before the person began to feel sick until the infected person was isolated) will be advised they must quarantine pending test results to prevent the spread of the virus.

Testing Sites or Contact Your Healthcare Professional:

  1. OptumServe, CA Dept Public Health
    Open to the general public
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa
    Bluebird Community Center, 25 Bluebird Drive, Windsor
    888 -634-1123 by appointment only
  2. Project Baseline COVID-19 Testing Program
    Rite Aid, 955 Stony Point Rd
    https://www.projectbaseline.com/study/covid-19/
    By appointment only
  3. Dept. of Health Service Pop-Up Testing
    Rotating at different site throughout the county 707-565-4667 for information or to make an appointment
  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or suspect that you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider right away for guidance on the quickest way to get a test.
  • Provide a working cell phone number or email address to the testing site authorizing receipt of test results via text or email.

Those with a positive test result will receive a follow-up phone call from a Public Health nurse who will:

  • Provide guidance on isolation to prevent the spread in one’s household and community; and
  • Inquire about any needs and offer resource support to help the infected person and their family during their illness.

The Department of Health Services (DHS) has expanded its system for monitoring cases and contacts which helps break the chain of infection by monitoring people who have been exposed or infected as early as possible, getting them to care, and helping them to isolate from others.

  1. DHS will Determine Contacts (anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before the person began to feel sick until the infected person was isolated)
  2. DHS will attempt to make contact with individuals with direct exposure
  3. DHS will then assess contacts
  • Close contacts are asked to voluntarily comply with a daily assessment of their symptoms via phone call from a public health nurse for the 14 days of their quarantine.
  • Asymptomatic contacts are instructed to get tested approximately 7 days after the exposure.
  • All contacts with symptoms are tested as soon as possible

To learn more about contact tracing visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

  • If you test positive for COVID-19 by a viral test, know what protective steps to take if you are sick or caring for someone.
  • If you test negative for COVID-19 by a viral test, you probably were not infected at the time your sample was collected. However, that does not mean you will not get sick. The test result only means that you did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing.

Questions? Call 2-1-2 or text your zip code to 898-211