The Color COVID-19 Testing Initiative 

Color has created a high-throughput, CLIA-certified COVID-19 testing laboratory that is integrated with public health tools. The testing facility, based in Burlingame, CA, processes clinical samples to support public health efforts with a near-term goal of performing 10,000 tests per day.

Color’s COVID-19 testing platform includes an integrated software platform to manage risk screening, test ordering, results delivery, case management, and public health agency case reporting. Color’s lab operates under FDA-approved protocols. Per FDA guidance, only COVID-19 samples collected by qualified healthcare professionals will be processed. Color does not collect COVID-19 samples directly from patients.

To learn more about Color’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, read a post from our CEO.


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Color is offering support in 3 key areas:


Distributed Testing for Front-Line Workers

Color works with local governments, employers, universities and other partners to provide a complete onsite testing framework, including supplying and provisioning sample collection kits, coordinating onsite staff if necessary, testing, transport and logistics, and returning results to patients and their physicians. 


Technology Platform Built for Managing a Population Testing Program

Color’s platform supports downstream public health workflows, including program dashboards and results reporting to health authorities. This program is repurposed from our years of working with over 100 employers across the U.S. and internationally to make distributed clinical testing highly available, simple to access, and affordable.


High-Capacity COVID-19 Testing Infrastructure

Color has built a high-throughput COVID-19 testing lab, repurposing lab design, automation, and infrastructure from the company’s scaled clinical testing experience. Color is the only lab in the U.S. with FDA approval for LAMP technology, a COVID-19 testing method that is as accurate as RT-PCR, is about 50% faster and has different supply requirements.

Latest Updates

June 30, 2020

Alameda County expands free COVID-19 testing at Native American Health Center and La Clínica de la Raza in the Fruitvale district in Oakland, increasing access in a zip code that has been one of the hardest hit by COVID-19 in the County. At Native American Health Center, testing is performed through Color’s high-throughput CLIA lab and results are returned in as little as 24 hours. Read the release.

June 18, 2020

A biotech consortium of 11 firms in Massachusetts, including Verve Therapeutics, completes their first month of testing through Color’s Workforce Testing Program. After completing 704 tests with a median turnaround time of 15 hours, no employees had tested positive for COVID-19. Read more.

June 15, 2020

Color releases new data from its COVID-19 testing program, demonstrating the importance of widespread testing to reopen cities, universities, and businesses. The majority of people who tested positive had mild or no symptoms, and only a small percentage had a high fever. Read the release.

June 2, 2020

Alameda County announced the launch of a free testing site at the West Oakland Health Center, in partnership with Color and Carbon Health. Color provides the full testing infrastructure, including registration, intake, and appointment scheduling, as well as resulting and reporting workflows. Read the release.

May 27, 2020

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and Color announce the launch of a comprehensive return-to-work program for The Broad’s nearly 900 employees. The partnership deploys a high-access testing model and returning results to employees to help the Broad’s workforce get back to advancing scientific breakthroughs. Read more.

May 26, 2020

Color returns COVID-19 test results to over 20,000 essential workers and residents of San Francisco through CityTestSF, with 10,000 of those results returned in the prior week alone as testing access increases rapidly. Read more from our CEO.

May 20, 2020

Color receives an Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA for LAMP, a technology that makes COVID-19 testing faster, more efficient, and less reliant on constrained supplies compared to the current standard method, RT-PCR. Along with the LAMP EUA, Color has created protocols for scalable lab design and return-to-work programs. Read the Release.

May 16, 2020

Morehouse School of Medicine and Color announce a partnership to bring Color’s Essential Workforce Testing Program to all MSM employees as the institution begins a highly structured, evidenced-based phased return to its campus. Read the Release.

May 13, 2020

Color expands its Essential Workforce Testing Program with Collective Health partnership, offering a testing solution for frontline and essential workers employed by Collective Health clients. Color will work collaboratively with Collective Health clients to implement workforce testing protocols for onsite and distributed testing across the U.S. Read the Release.

May 13, 2020

Color and Carbon Health launch the first mobile testing site in San Francisco. As part of the City’s effort to expand universal testing and reach at risk communities such as skilled nursing facilities, Color’s work began with Laguna Honda Hospital to support staff testing and has since tested staff and residents at multiple Skilled Nursing Facilities in the City.

May 11, 2020

Color announces COVID-19 Essential Workforce Testing Program. The program is designed to help frontline workers and essential employees across the country access COVID-19 testing and care resources they need to keep themselves and their families safe. Read the related post and visit the product detail page.

May 4, 2020

CityTestSF sites expand COVID-19 testing to include non-symptomatic essential workers. No doctor’s note will be required, and the test is free. Any person living in San Francisco is already eligible for testing if they have one COVID-19 symptom, such as fever, cough, sore throat, or have been in contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19. The expansion to include non-symptomatic essential workers puts San Francisco squarely on the path to universal access to testing. Read the Release.

April 22, 2020

CityTestSF sites, in collaboration with Color, Carbon Health, and One Medical, will now expand to provide COVID-19 testing for all private sector and non-profit essential employees in San Francisco, and any San Francisco resident who is experiencing symptoms and cannot otherwise access testing. Read the Release.

April 7, 2020

Color returns first COVID-19 test results directly to frontline personnel and clinicians. COVID-19 test results were returned to individuals through a HIPAA-compliant email or text, with actionable resources available to all patients on the online portal.

April 6, 2020

Color accepts first samples from CityTestSF patients for COVID-19 testing. Read More About The Launch of The Site.

April 6, 2020

Color partners with City of San Francisco and Carbon Health on CityTestSF, a new COVID-19 testing site for police officers, firefighters, 911 dispatchers, health care workers, and other frontline employees. Read the Release.

March 31, 2020

Color to launch COVID-19 testing lab, open-source infrastructure to bolster national response to pandemic. Read the Release.

To learn more about this initiative or to ask questions about your COVID-19 test, click here.