Health Care Information

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In response to the rapidly evolving events surrounding novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), MSRI has been monitoring the situation to ensure we are taking the necessary steps to protect the health and well being of our members, workshop attendees, staff, and the local Berkeley community. The following information is provided to assist our visitors.

These hygiene steps will help slow the spread of germs and viruses:

  • Wash your hands often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your face, especially with unwashed hands
  • Wear a three-ply face mask when indoors in a public space
  • Get vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, throw the tissue away, and immediately wash your hands. If you do not have a tissue, cough into your elbow instead of your hand
  • Clean frequently-touched surfaces often, including door handles, phones, desks and keyboards, using household cleaner or sanitizing wipes
  • Avoid contact with those who are ill
  • Stay home if you are sick


If you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should seek medical attention. Contact an urgent care center (see links below) or your own physician for an appointment.

Finally, please follow the CDC guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Berkeley Walk-in Clinics and Urgent Care Centers (Updated August 24, 2021)

The following list of urgent health clinics are privately run. Most will accept cash or credit card payments, some are set up to directly bill certain health insurance providers.

If your primary health insurance is through your university, an international travel plan, or a country-based/national health plan, you are advised to contact the plan administrator so that you will follow their procedure for obtaining care while traveling.

If you pay for services with cash or credit card, keep your receipts and any other documentation that you receive, so that you can submit these for potential reimbursement from your primary health insurance plan.

We have labeled the urgent health clinics that accept HealthNet (for our postdocs). While some of these clinics appear on the HealthNet provider search tool, others do not. Those that do not appear on the HealthNet search tool indicate on their websites that they accept HealthNet. Since this information can change, please call the clinic to confirm that they accept your coverage.

Direct Urgent Care Telegraph Ave. (Carbon Health) (Accepts HealthNet per the HealthNet provider search)

2920 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley
(510) 686-3621

Direct Urgent Care Grand Ave. (Carbon Health) (Accepts HealthNet per the HealthNet provider search)

411 Grand Ave, Oakland
(510) 844-4097

LifeLong Medical Care


2001 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA
(Located on the First Floor of Herrick Campus, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center)
(510) 204-7979

Concentra Urgent Care


2850 Seventh Street Suite 100, Berkeley, CA 94710-2703
(510) 845-5170

John Muir Urgent Care (Accepts HealthNet per their website)

3100 San Pablo Ave Suite 300, Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 985-5000

Instant Urgent Care (Accepts HealthNet per the HealthNet provider search)

3095 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 495-0772

Sutter Urgent Care (Accepts HealthNet per their website)

2500 Milvia St, Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 204-5514

One Medical (This clinic may charge a yearly membership fee to access this clinic) (Accepts HealthNet per their website)
1801 Shattuck Ave., Suite A, Berkeley 94709
(510) 225-1025

Local Hospitals and Emergency Rooms

WHEN TO CALL 9-1-1 OR VISIT THE EMERGENCY ROOM: If you experience any life-threatening medical emergency, you should call 9-1-1 immediately.

Link: www.altabatessummit.org

Alta Bates Campus

2450 Ashby Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 204-4444

Highland General Hospital (Located in Oakland a PUBLIC HOSPITAL):



1411 East 31st St
Oakland, CA 94602-1018