As COVID-19 cases continue to increase across the state, an additional testing site has opened at Highline College.
The new site at 2404 S. 240 Street in Des Moines is free and open to anyone, regardless of insurance or immigration status.
Testing is provided in the South Parking Lot at a walk-up tent.
The test site will be open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, beginning Friday, November 20.
“Neighborhoods in south King County continue to experience the highest positivity rates in the region, and we must do everything possible to reverse the current trend of record-breaking case counts before our essential workers – including doctors and nurses – can no longer perform their duties,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine in a press release.
Although registration is not required for a testing appointment, people are encouraged to sign up for one online.
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Seattle and King County Public Health Officials are recommending that anyone with symptoms or who has taken part in protests lately be tested right away.
“If you attended recent protests, you should assume you have been exposed. You are strongly urged to get tested for COVID-19, even if you are not showing symptoms,” says the webpage of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.
Health Officer for Public Health in Seattle & King County Dr. Jeff Duchin has previously stated that testing is important to “ensure timely medical care when necessary and to stop COVID-19 from spreading” by allowing those who test positive and their close contacts to quickly separate themselves from others in their households and communities.