Berkeley Public Health announced Tuesday its two-day pilot of a COVID-19 test kiosk in which participants can swab their own mouths and place the samples in a receptacle under supervision.
The tests are provided by Curative Inc., according to a city press release, and are free for those without insurance as part of a citywide effort to increase testing for vulnerable populations. This kind of self-testing has also been used extensively in Los Angeles County.
“Our goal is to use what is within our means to expand the availability of testing,” said City Manager Dee Williams-Ridley in the press release. “This pilot testing program gives us a tool to see how we might expand access to more parts of our community.”
People can visit the kiosk at San Pablo Park Wednesday and Thursday and can make an appointment online. Results are expected within two days, according to the press release.