Introducing the Tenderloin Neighborhood Testing Site at GLIDE
New pop-up, walk-through testing site provides free, low-barrier COVID-19 testing to Tenderloin residents
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The San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) and GLIDE, working together with other community partners, have established the Tenderloin Neighborhood Testing Site at GLIDE, a new free COVID-19 testing site outside GLIDE at 330 Ellis Street. In an effort to ensure accessible COVID-19 testing for vulnerable communities in the Tenderloin neighborhood, the new pop-up testing site began offering walk-through COVID-19 testing on Tuesday, July 7.
Testing at the site takes place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and again from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, and people can sign up in advance. (Please note that the line is capped at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm each day to ensure testing is finished on time.)
GLIDE has staff at the lobby of 330 Ellis Street ready to register community members Monday-Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Residents will be registered for testing on a Tuesday or a Wednesday of their choice without a specific appointment time. Same day walk-up registration and testing are now welcome but pre-registration helps fast track wait time.
Bay Area health technology company Color, in an arrangement with DPH, administers the tests, providing test results by phone, and conducting contact tracing and offering social services if test results are positive. For those who do not have phones, GLIDE can assist with lowering barriers by connecting the person with access to their test results and contact tracing interviews. Contact tracing is an essential component of follow up for positive test results, and participants will be informed about the importance of working with contact tracers to slow the spread of the virus.
For more information, please contact GLIDE’s Walk-In Center at (415) 674-6012 or see the City’s webpage, sf.gov/gettestedsf.
How To Register for a Test
In-person registration is available via GLIDE's Walk-In Center, Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, in GLIDE's lobby at 330 Ellis St.
Same day walk-up registration and testing available, pre-registration helps fast track wait times.
Who is Eligible?
Anyone is eligible for a test. No ID or health insurance or doctor's note required. Minors under 13 require parent/guardian presence and consent.
You do not need to show symptoms to be tested.
Prevention is Key
Please wear your mask, practice social distancing, and if you will be connecting with people outside of your household, please do so safely.
About 1/2 of folks with COVID-19 do not show symptoms so safety and testing is key to stop the spread.
Bring Registration to Your Site
Community-based agencies that are interested in working with GLIDE to set up a mobile registration for their site can contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-400-2661.
Visiting the Site
This video shows the easy steps involved in accessing testing at the Tenderloin Neighborhood Testing Site at GLIDE.
Visiting the Site (Cantonese)
A Cantonese version of a video explaining the easy steps involved in accessing free Covid-19 testing at the Tenderloin Neighborhood Testing Site at GLIDE.Watch the Video
More about the Tenderloin Neighborhood Testing Site at GLIDE
The Tenderloin Neighborhood Testing Site at GLIDE is intended to serve some of San Francisco’s most vulnerable community members, including the Tenderloin’s unhoused and underserved residents. By collaborating with community-based organizations that directly serve the neighborhood’s residents, this site expands the City’s testing outreach and education to the Tenderloin community. The Tenderloin currently has a high rate of positive cases among those who have been tested, with 106.1 positive cases per 10,000 residents. To date, there are 314 positive cases among an estimated 29,588 residents of the neighborhood.
There is no cost. Anyone is eligible for a test. Asymptomatic persons should not test more than once every 14 days.