Berkeley has opened a drive-through COVID-19 test site

The drive-through site is at the North Berkeley BART parking lot and will operate for three weeks.

The drive-through COVID-19 testing site at North Berkeley BART station
The drive-through COVID-19 testing site at North Berkeley BART station opened Friday morning as planned, despite poor air quality. Photo: Tracey Taylor

Update, Sept. 11: The drive-through testing site opened up this morning at 9:30 a.m. in spite of the poor air quality.

Original story: The city of Berkeley is opening a drive-through COVID-19 test site on Friday at the North Berkeley BART station, where, after making an appointment online, people can do a self-administered mouth swab test. The city said results are expected within 24-48 hours.

The test site is run by Curative Inc., which has been operating several temporary walk-up sites in Berkeley.

The test site is currently slated to operate for three weeks and will be located off the Delaware Street entrance on the southeast corner of the North Berkeley BART Station parking lot. Available times are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., starting on Sept. 11.

People can drive up to the site, roll down the window to get a lab kit from clinic staff, roll up their window to swab their own mouth for a sample, and then drop the completed kit with another staff member farther away.

The process takes a few minutes.

The city continues to offer a walk-up testing site at the MLK, Jr. Youth Services Center, 1730 Oregon St. The Sixth Street testing site is currently closed.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside. Email: tracey@citysidejournalism.org.