New COVID-19 testing site opens in Menlo Park today

by Linda Hubbard on December 7, 2020

A new walk-up kiosk in Menlo Park with up to 1,650 COVID-19 test spots per week opens today, Monday, December 7.  Managed by Curative, the site is located at 201 Ravenswood Avenue (parking lot of First Church of Christ, Scientist), and testing is available free of charge.

Appointments can be made on the Curative website. Click “Get Tested Now” and enter Menlo Park in the search bar. The kiosk will be available Monday-Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Curative offers an oral-fluid swab testing — an alternative method to nasopharyngeal swabs in testing for COVID-19.

“There are medical professionals on site,” explains Parke Treadway, Menlo Park City School District’s Public Information Officer. “You administer your own test while they watch and talk you through it, then seal everything up in a plastic bag. They have a drop box where you place the bag. They take it to their labs at the end of every shift.”

The Menlo Park City School District (MPCSD) first partnered with Curative last October to host a mobile van at Hillview Middle School.

“Reopening our schools to as much in-person instruction as possible has been a goal of our Board since the beginning of the pandemic,” said Erik Burmeister, Menlo Park City School District Superintendent. “One tool that allows us to stay open safely is regular community COVID-19 testing, easily accessible to our families.

“We are fortunate to be part of the county-wide effort to increase COVID testing availability in the south peninsula. All residents in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton, Redwood City, Portola Valley, and Woodside are invited to use this resource especially when reporting in person to work or school. Testing is free to the consumer, funded by health insurance (for the insured) and CARES Act funds (for the uninsured).”

Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2020

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4 Comments

Arthur December 07, 2020 at 11:46 pm

How many days to get result?

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Linda Hubbard December 08, 2020 at 11:33 am

I will update the article when I find out.

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Parke Treadway December 09, 2020 at 11:03 am

The Curative site says: Test results typically take 24 hours to be ready once they arrive at our lab. Due to delays your results may not be available for up to 72 hours from the time you collected your sample.

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Amar Rajasekhar December 08, 2020 at 9:42 am

The article says this test is ‘free’ and I wanted to get it. However, when going thru the signup process, the ‘agreement’ they want you to sign emphasizes that the person is responsible for ALL costs if their insurance refuses to reimburse the test provider.
I recommend checking with your insurance provider first before accepting this liability.
I hope the writer of the article brings this to light. That would avoid any confusion. Thanks.

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