State of California COVID-19 Testing
Viral testing through the state of California is offered in Berkeley at the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Center at 1730 Oregon St. on weekdays from 8 AM to 8 PM. Exhibiting symptoms is not required to be tested, but appointments are necessary and can be made by calling (888) 634-1123. Face masks are mandatory at the testing site. After the nasal swab is performed, test results are typically returned within four to eight days. Berkeley Public Health contacts citizens with positive results.
Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing
A drive-through testing site at North Berkeley BART will be open until October 2, from 9 AM to 3 PM. Tests must be scheduled online, and priority is given to those with symptoms or exposure. People can drive up at the time of their appointment and administer their own mouth swab test. Results may be returned as soon as two days after the test.
Berkeley High School Health Center
The Health Center has reopened on campus, offering mental health, sexual health, and crisis services for students. The center operates from 9 AM to 12:15 PM and from 1:15 PM to 4 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. On Tuesdays, it opens an hour later at 10 AM. Masks and six foot social distancing is required at in-person appointments. Services are also available over phone. To schedule an appointment, call (510) 644-6965. For virtual mental health counseling, call (510) 981-5240.
Youth Protect the Bay Protects Her: March Against Sexual Assault
The student-organized “Protect Her” March was intended to meet at Oakland Technical High School on September 20 at 3 PM, but it has been postponed until further notice. The purpose is to take a stand against the culture of sexual harm in schools and communities. Marcher safety will be prioritized, and attendees are required to wear masks and maintain a six foot distance at all times. Wear red or black, and bring water and snacks. Marchers will have the opportunity to share stories and messages at an open mic.
Grab and Go BUSD Meal Program
School-provided meals are still being distributed through distance learning. Pickup windows are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:45 AM to 11 AM at seven wheelchair accessible curbside school sites, including Berkeley High School. Meal bundles include breakfast and lunch for school days until the next pickup date, covering all week days. The district urges households to fill out the meal application at ezmealapp.com to qualify for additional benefits by September 30.
Price: Free for all children 18 and younger