San Luis Obispo — The County Public Health Department is offering a new opportunity for people in North County to get access to COVID-19 testing with no out-of-pocket costs. Beginning next week in Atascadero, this testing will be available by appointment Monday through Thursday, from August 10 to August 20.

“If you are experiencing symptoms or are a contact of a known case, please get tested and then isolate yourself to avoid potentially spreading the illness while you await the results,” said Dr. Penny Borenstein, County Health Officer. “While testing continues to be a somewhat limited resource, we are happy to be able to provide this new testing option for the community. Our sites in Grover Beach and Atascadero now have a lot of testing appointments available.”

Testing is available at no cost to individuals. For those who have health insurance, the information will be collected when registering for an appointment, and no co-pay is required.

No-cost testing sites also remain available in Grover Beach and San Luis Obispo:


Pavilion on the Lake, 9315 Pismo Ave.

Monday – Thursday, August 10 through August 20

7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Grover Beach

Ramona Garden Park, 993 Ramona Ave.

Monday – Friday (ongoing)

7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

San Luis Obispo

SLO Vets Hall, 801 Grand Ave.

Monday – Friday (ongoing)

7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

To make an appointment: Visit The County is contracting with OptumServe to provide this service to the community.

Publisher’s Note: The Paso Robles Press and The Atascadero News will continue to provide updates and publish releases from the County Public Health Department regarding COVID-19 as it relates to the county residents for informational purposes. No information presented should be construed as medical advice or a suggestion as to how to respond in the protection of either your personal health or your personal freedoms. Each of our readers are expected to research as needed to inform themselves about their individual health needs and responsibilities. Our County Health Officer, Dr. Penny Borenstein, is an MD with a Masters in Public Health.