New COVID-19 test site opens in Chinatown

A white tent with a table inside for COVID testing.
A new COVID test site opens in Oakland at Madison Park. Photo courtesy of Asian Health Services.

A new COVID-19 test site officially opens in Chinatown on Tuesday, August 18. The tests are free is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays by appointment. The location is at Madison Square Park in what is considered residential Chinatown.

The new test site is a partnership between Asian Health Services, Alameda County Public Health Department, and COLOR. Appointments can be made online.

People who are tested will receive results within 1-3 days. There is also a COVID-19 helpline at 510-735-3222 (Monday-Friday from 9 am-5 pm) for people who need assistance in other languages including Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog, and other Asian languages.

Madison Park is located at 810 Jackson Street. The site is open from 12 pm-7 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and Fridays from 8 am-4 pm.

Below are the current free test sites in Oakland (via Alameda County Public Health Department):

Allen Temple Baptist Church
8501 International Bvd.
Oakland, CA 94621
Monday-Saturday 1:00pm-7:00pm
Register here

Asian Health Services Community Testing
Madison Square Park – 810 Jackson Street, Oakland CA 94607
Tuesday: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Thursday & Friday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Appointment only
Register here or call (510) 735-3222 
Language assistance available at 211

La Clínica de La Raza
The parking lot at 35th Ave & E 12th St
Oakland, CA 94601
Monday–Friday: 8:30am–12:00pm & 1:00pm–5:00pm

The call center is closed for lunch from 12:00pm–12:30pm

Native American Health Center
Parking Lot
3050 International Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94601
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:00am–7:00pm
Saturday: 10:000am–4:00pm
Register here
Language assistance available at 211
Testing days for health care workers and first responders at Native American Health Center 

  • Health care workers and staff
  • Congregate facility workers
  • Public safety / first responders

Mondays and Fridays: 9:00AM – 7:00PM
Register here
Get more information here.


Roots Community Health Center

9925 International Blvd
Oakland, CA 94603
Mondays & Wednesdays: 9:30am – 4:00pm
Fridays: 9:30am – 1:00pm
Appointments are preferred but not required!
Register here or email admin@rootsclinic.org

West Oakland Health Center
700 Adeline St
Oakland, CA 94607
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays:
8:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am – 12:30pm
Register here
Language assistance available at 211

Update: the original article stated that the Chinatown COVID-19 test site opened last Thursday. The site officially opens Tuesday, August 18.

About Momo Chang

Momo Chang is a freelance journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the Oakland Voices Alumni Coordinator. Her work focuses on healthcare, immigration, education, Asian American communities, food and culture. She is a former staff writer at the Oakland Tribune. Momo has received journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting and the Asian American Journalists Association, among others. Her work has appeared in the East Bay Express, San Francisco Chronicle, Wired, and The New York Times. Momo is primarily a print journalist who also produces audio and visual stories for documentary film and radio. She is a Senior Contributing Editor for Hyphen and formerly the Content Manager at the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). View all posts by Momo Chang →

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