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COVID-19 Testing

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte is providing drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Monterey

Testing days and times for April 14-28, 2021 are*: 

  • April14 - Wed - 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00-2:30 pm

  • April 22 - Thur - 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00-2:30 pm

  • April 28 - Wed - 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00-2:30 pm

We will be closed all other days.

* Testing times may vary due to location availability. Due to the immense community response, we will only be able to provide testing until we have reached our maximum capacity within the hours of operation listed above.

The wait time for test results is 3-5 days. Please check this page for updates as lab results times change frequently.

We are NOT making appointments at this time. Community members will be tested on a first-come, first-served basis.

Testing Address and Other Information 

980 Fremont Street
Monterey, CA  93940
(Parking lot C, near the theater) - Download Map

Testing is available to all community members, with or without symptoms. 

There will be some paperwork required when you arrive:

  • Please bring a photo ID. 

  • Please bring your insurance card or insurance information, if you have insurance.

You will not be charged for testing, but: 

  • Please bring your insurance card, if you have insurance. We will bill your insurance, but your insurance company will not send you a bill. If you get a bill, please email us at [email protected].
  • California passed a law requiring all health insurers, including Medi-Cal, to cover the full cost for COVID-19 testing. 

Questions? Email [email protected] or view our FAQs below.

For More Information about COVID-19 in Monterey County:

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing is conducted by Planned Parenthood Mar Monte off-site. PPMM is proud to serve all people regardless of race, religion, immigration status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. 

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I get my results?

The current wait time for test results is 3-5 days. Please check this page for updates as lab result times change frequently. If your results are positive, you will receive a phone call. Do not expect a call before six days from the time of your test. If your results are negative, you will receive a letter in the mail in about 14 days. If it has been 14 days since your test and you have not received your results, please call (888) 787-5733. Someone will be available to assist you Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Is there an age requirement to be tested?

We can test minors with appropriate parental consent. For safety considerations of patients and staff, we must be able to safely test while the patient remains seated in the car. 

Is the test free?

The test will be provided at no-cost to the patient, but please bring your health insurance information. No patient will pay a co-pay or be charged for the test. If you receive a bill, please email us at [email protected].

Why are you going through insurance? Why isn’t this free?

Only testing sites operated by the county or state are free.

However, the State of California mandated that all health insurance plans cover 100% of the COVID-19 test with no copays or deductibles paid by the individual. If you get tested at our site and receive a bill from your insurance company, please email us at [email protected]

Can I get tested if I’m uninsured?

Yes. We will update the public if that changes. You can look for updates on our website at testmc.plan-your-care.org.

Can I pay out of pocket?

You will not need to render any payment at the time of testing.

Is this the antibody test? Will you eventually have the antibody test?

This is a PCR test, which is the only type of test approved for diagnostic purposes. This test directly identifies the presence of the virus. The utilization of antibody tests in the general public is still unclear as we have no evidence indicating if patients have immunity and for how long based on the results.