All Local Testing Options

FREE walk-thru COVID-19 testing with OptumServe, under contract with the California Department of Public Health, now available:

  • Portola every other Saturday at the Portola Veterans Hall; 449 W. Sierra Ave, Portola CA 96122  

  • Greenville January 16, 2021 at the Greenville Town Hall 120 Bidwell St. (behind the Fire Station), Greenville 95947. See the flyer here.

  • Sierraville every Thursday at the Old Sierraville School Community Center: 305 Lincoln Street (Hwy 89), Sierraville CA 96126


    • A mid-nasal swab will be collected at appointment.
    • You will be notified of your test results 2 to 5 days after collection by phone, email or text No age limit.
    • Pre-registration preferred, not required.
    • Residents without internet access: (888) 634-1123

Free COVID-19 Walk-Thru Testing with Verily

This service is being provided under contract by California Department of Public Health with Verily. Sierra County Public Health is partnering in support of these events. 

  • In order to be tested, online registration and scheduling of an appointment is required. 
  • Appointments become available only a few days prior to each Walk-In date.
  • Testing is now available for youth age 13-17. Youth must register separately and parent/guardian must be present.  
  • Your test results should take 2 to 5 days. 
  • You will be notified via the Gmail address you use for registration.

Last Walk-Thru Testing Dates:

  • Wednesday, January 13th - Downieville Community Hall

Who Should Get Tested

Everyone! The state-sponsored testing 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.

For those individuals without online access or who are not English-proficient, the Department of Health and Human Services is providing assistance via telephone. For assistance, please call (530) 993-6700. 

Below are facilities offering testing in or near Sierra County. Many clinics offer Drive-Thru Testing options. Always call first for screening and registration. 

  • Downieville Ambulance Urgent Care - (530) 289-3333 
  • Eastern Plumas Health Care (Loyalton) - (530) 993-1231
  • Eastern Plumas Health Care (Portola)- (530) 832-6600
  • Plumas District Hospital (Quincy) - (530) 283-5640
  • Sierra Nevada Medical Center (Grass Valley) - (530) 274-6000
  • Tahoe Forest Hospital (Truckee) - (530) 582-3450
  • Western Sierra Medical Clinic (Downieville) - (530) 274-9762

Home Self Test Kits

The FDA has approved many self testing kits which can be ordered on-line. Some test for antibodies and others for the active infection. Here is a list of a few. Costs ranging from FREE to $150.00 each.

Governor Newsom announced a new website to help Californians find a testing site near them.

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Financial Coverage of COVID-19 Testing

1. Must health plans cover COVID-19 testing? 

Yes. Health plans must cover COVID-19 tests that are FDA approved or authorized, or approved by the state, without prior authorization and at no cost to the enrollee. This includes follow-up (serial/sequential) tests. This requirement applies to such tests administered by a skilled nursing facility.

2. Does the requirement for health plans to cover COVID-19 apply to testing for asymptomatic individuals? 

Yes. Health plans must cover testing for COVID-19 and may not deny coverage based on lack of medical necessity. Please refer to the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (CARES Act) for additional information. 

3. Does the requirement for health plans to cover COVID-19 testing apply to commercial, Medi-Cal, and Medicare Advantage plans? 

Yes. All of these plans must cover COVID-19 testing, without prior authorization, and at no cost to the enrollee. Similarly, recent guidance from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) also requires coverage of COVID-19 tests for beneficiaries in traditional Medicare coverage. 

4. Does the requirement for health plans to cover COVID-19 testing apply to self-funded, employer plans (also known as ERISA plans)? 

Yes. Self-funded employer plans also are required to cover COVID-19 testing and screening without cost to the enrollee, and without prior authorization. Please refer to the CARES Act for additional information.