Free Covid testing offered in Palo Alto

A Curative self-testing kiosk in Berkeley. Curative photo.

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By the Daily Post staff

Free Covid testing will be available each Tuesday starting today (Dec. 29), Palo Alto officials announced.

Testing will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot at the Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.

Go here to sign up for an appointment.

The free self-administered testing, available for both insured and uninsured people, is offered by local firm Curative, which also is serving similar programs in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. Documentation status is neither required or reported.

Additional testing will be offered at the location every other Wednesday starting Jan. 13.
Testing is also available by appointment twice a month at the Mitchell Park Community Center in partnership with the County of Santa Clara.


  1. What’s the “false positive” rate of these tests? A lot of people are being forced into quarantine only to find out later that their test gave them a false reading of positive.

  2. It’s good to see an expansion of these tests, but I think that if businesses are requiring their employees to get tested before returning to work, the employer ought to pay for that.

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