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Essential Workers to Be Tested for Coronavirus in San Francisco

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Essential workers will now be able to undergo a test for the deadly coronavirus disease without incurring any cost in San Francisco. The city on Monday announced that it would provide the services for all workers whose job requires them to leave their houses and interact with the public.

The program is an extension of an earlier project where only workers in San Francisco who showed symptoms of the virus were being tested. Announcing the move, Mayor London Breed said, “If you are an essential worker and you exhibit symptoms or you don’t exhibit symptoms, you still are able to get tested.” She added, “And usually the results of those tests, we get back anywhere between 24 and 72 hours.”

The new program is available for every essential worker who lives in San Francisco and may or may not have interacted with coronavirus patients. Every essential worker will be eligible to be tested even without a doctor’s note.

Testing in San Francisco is done at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, the Southeast Health Center in the Bayview neighborhood, the Castro-Mission Health Center, and the Maxine Hall Health Center in the Western Addition.

Workers can sign up for the test at any of the city sites and must call 311 before going to the site.

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