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Updated April 1, 2022
UCSF's COVID-19 hotline: (415) 514-7328
Book online using MyChart
Editor's note: COVID-19 testing through UCSF is for UCSF patients and requires an appointment.
What to know about COVID-19 testing at UCSF
- COVID-19 testing is free for all our patients. There's no charge or co-pay regardless of your insurance plan or status, thanks to a state directive and the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
- Call our COVID-19 hotline to ask about testing. If you think you might have COVID-19 or may have been exposed to someone who does, call our hotline. Please see details below.
- Use MyChart to schedule COVID-19 treatment or testing. If you or your child has visited a UCSF provider in the last five years, you can use MyChart to book an appointment for COVID-19 testing or treatment at our sites in San Francisco. If you need to get a COVID-19 test prior to an upcoming UCSF procedure or planned admission, a member of our team will contact you to arrange your testing appointment for that purpose.
- UCSF Health offers COVID-19 testing to our patients at various locations. These include drive-through sites and respiratory screening clinics.
- We'll call with your results. A staff member will contact you if your result is positive, and you'll get an automated call if your result is negative. Your test results will also appear in MyChart.
- Testing is prioritized and based on capacity. Per city guidelines, UCSF prioritizes symptomatic patients and those who have had an exposure.
COVID-19 hotline for UCSF patients
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you think you might have COVID-19, call our hotline to discuss your symptoms with a nurse before coming to a hospital or clinic. Do not walk in without an appointment.
If you feel ill, you can also use the online symptom checker on the CDC website or in MyChart to help determine your next steps. To access the MyChart symptom checker, log in to your account and click on the menu.
When you call the hotline, a nurse will ask a series of questions to assess you for COVID-19 infection. Depending on your answers, you may be directed to one of these options:
- Testing for COVID-19 at a testing center or drive-through location
- A video visit with one of our health care providers
- An in-person visit to a respiratory screening clinic for examination and testing
If a COVID-19 test is recommended, it will be scheduled for either the same day or the next day. If you have a video visit and the health care provider recommends a test, it will be scheduled for no later than the end of the following day.
Scheduling COVID-19 testing and care in MyChart
If you or your child is a UCSF patient with an active MyChart account who has visited one of our providers in the past five years, you can book an appointment for COVID-19 testing or treatment at our San Francisco sites using MyChart.
Log in to your or your child's MyChart account. Select "Find care" from the menu and then select "COVID-19 testing and care."
You'll be guided through a series of questions about your or your child's symptoms and exposures. Depending on your answers, you'll be able to self-schedule a COVID-19 test at a drive-through location, a video visit with a health care provider, or an in-person appointment at a clinic. If you're scheduling an appointment at one of our respiratory screening clinics, check that your insurance covers UCSF, so you can avoid out-of-pocket costs.
If you need live assistance, call our COVID-19 hotline. For help with MyChart, call (415) 514-6000.
COVID-19 testing locations for UCSF patients
Please note: COVID-19 testing through UCSF is for UCSF patients and requires an appointment.
For adults and children with symptoms or a confirmed exposure:
Laurel Heights campus
3333 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94418
White drive-through tent in front parking lot
Mon-Sun, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (closed noon - 1 p.m.)
Mission Bay campus
601 16th St. (corner of 16th Street and Owens Street)
San Francisco, CA 94158
M-F, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. (closed noon - 1 p.m.)
For adults and children with no symptoms or known exposure:
Asymptomatic Testing Center
500 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94143
M-F, 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Our testing obligations
To slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the city and county of San Francisco calls for health care facilities to meet certain requirements related to COVID-19 testing. Accordingly, UCSF Medical Center must:
- Provide same- or next-day COVID-19 testing to any patient who seeks it through UCSF Health. Facilities that aren't open seven days a week may offer testing by the end of the next business day but must provide information on whom to contact in the event of an emergency or worsening of symptoms.
- Notify patients about how and where they can get tested and that the testing is free (no co-pays required).