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COVID testing draws hundreds to Community Center
Covid testing Ceres
Medical personnel have been setting up COVID testing in the Ceres Community Center parking lot since last month. - photo by Jeff Benziger

Lines of cars filled with people wanting to be tested for COVID-19 are a common site at the Ceres Community Center with the offering of free or low-cost testing at a drive-up facility operated by a private company.

The drive-thru or walk-up site is offered weekdays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for polymerise chain reaction (PCR) nasal swab testing for people with all insurance types and for people without insurance.

HRSupport offers free testing to the following individuals:

• Uninsured participants with a social security card or a valid US or State Government ID. Parents must bring one of these when getting tested.

• Insured participants with valid insurance card and a government ID (both of which need to be produced at the time of testing). There will be no billing for the test as the insurance carrier will reimburse with no have co-pay.

• For those who are here on asylum or for other reasons and do not have health insurance or a social security card. However, if a patient has a valid state ID or driver’s license it should be brought. 

Those who do not meet the above criteria can pay $75 for the test.

Appointments are not required but for faster service, persons are asked to register online for an appointment and enter personal information by visiting

The mission of HR Support is to help medical facilities and other businesses in managing the health of employees, residents and clients while making sure they’re tested economically and efficiently in place convenient for all.

Besides the Ceres Community Center, 2701 Fourth Street, the company also has testing facilities at County Center II, 830 Scenic Drive, Modesto; Stanislaus Community Services Agency at 251 Hackett Road, beginning Dec. 30.