What you need to know about getting tested for COVID-19 in Seattle

Dec 7 2020, 6:54 pm

Although the first case of COVID-19 in Washington appeared this February, the virus still active around the state.

As we roll into the second wave, it’s important to note where to get tested, when to get tested, and how to get tested.
During the holiday season, community test sites will be running on holiday hours. All test sites will be closed on December 24, December 25, and January 1.
Sites will be open during normal hours on December 31, January 18, as well as February 15.

When to get tested

If you think you have been exposed to coronavirus or are displaying any symptoms, the Washington State Department of Health urges you to get tested.

Health officials say that the most concerning symptoms are coughing or shortness of breath, but anyone with two or more of the following symptoms should also be tested: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell.

What you need to get tested

Testing is available to all, regardless of your citizenship or immigration status. Be sure to have a photo ID with your date of birth handy, as well as an insurance card if you have one.

You do not need an insurance card or a doctor’s note to schedule a test. If you have insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid, however, you must provide this information. You will not be charged for the test.

Where to get tested

Those looking for free coronavirus testing can now visit nine sites in King County:

  • CHI Franciscan Federal Way Aquatics Center — 650 SW Campus Dr. Federal Way
  • Public Health Seattle and King County GSA Complex — 2701 C St. SW
  • Atlantic City Boat Ramp Walk-Up — 8702 Seward Park Ave S, Seattle
  • City of Seattle at Aurora — 12040 Aurora Ave N
  • West Seattle Walk-Up — 2801 SW Thistle St.
  • City of Seattle at SODO — 3820 6th Ave S
  • CHI Franciscan Church by the Side of the Road — 3455 S 148th St.
  • HealthPoint Drive-Through — 805 SW 10th St.

All are made available through a partnership with King County and UW Medicine. Appointments are necessary and can be made online or by phone at 206-684-2489.

Additional coronavirus testing can be conducted through primary care providers; however, those who don’t have a provider that administers testing can call the King County COVID-19 call center at 206-477-3977 to locate a test site.

Take-home coronavirus tests are also now available for purchase at Safeway Albertsons pharmacies for $139.99.

Alyssa TherrienAlyssa Therrien

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