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Latest Updates on COVID-19 Testing

Most of the time, you can use an easy and reliable no-cost home antigen test for your COVID-19 testing needs.

PCR tests are used when directed by your doctor or when you’re required to show a negative PCR test for international travel or in circumstances where self-tests are not an option, such as to prove a negative COVID-19 test. Please check testing requirements prior to choosing a testing option.

You can now get a rapid PCR test with results in 24 hours or less at our convenient Northern California Kaiser Permanente testing locations. To get your test, start with an E-visit.

Specialty care at Kaiser Permanente Redwood City, Santa Clara, and San Jose Medical Centers

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Visitor Policy and COVID-19 Information

We have updated the visitation guidance for hospital and ambulatory settings based on the most recent public health order by the CDPH to include the key changes below:

Kaiser Permanente Redwood City Medical Center allows patients to have visitors, without restriction, except:

  • Only 2 visitors at a time in the Emergency Department and in Pre-Op (prior to surgery).
  • Please do not enter our buildings if you are a visitor with sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, headache, fever, or have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days. Special permission with masking may be granted by the care team in circumstances such as end of life.

Visitors are no longer required to show proof of vaccination or of negative COVID-19 test result to visit their family or friends in the hospital.

Effective April 3, 2023, per updated guidance from the California Department of Public Health, masks are no longer required at Kaiser Permanente facilities, except where mandated by governmental and regulatory agencies or our local infection prevention experts. Patients and visitors should check themselves for common COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering our facilities and can continue to request and voluntarily use masks as a recommended tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory-like illnesses.

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Volunteer to Share Your Experience and Help Make a Difference in Patient Care

Since its official launch in 2012, Kaiser Permanente Redwood City and South San Francisco Medical Centers’ Patient Advisory Council (PAC) has grown from an idea to a highly active group of members who help make a difference in the patient experience for all Kaiser Permanente members and their families. Currently, the PAC has 17 Patient Partners. We are excited to expand the program so we can make an even greater impact.  The goal for our PAC is to represent the diversity of the communities we serve in San Mateo County.

Our PAC plays an important role by sharing the experiences and insights of our members to help shape our programs. In addition to monthly PAC meetings, Patient Partners also have opportunities to participate in medical center committees, focus groups, and a wide variety of projects with Kaiser Permanente staff and physicians.

Read the full article and apply to volunteer on the PAC.

Integrated Care at Kaiser Permanente

See how our coordinated care supports you managing your health care more conveniently.

View a brief video to learn more about Integrated Care services