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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2020
CONTACT: Heather Thomas, firstname.lastname@example.org
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – With the air quality starting to improve, the Snohomish Health District is resuming its drive-thru testing operations. Those who had appointments cancelled because of the closures were contacted and informed they could be tested on Friday from noon to 4 p.m. at the 3900 Broadway site in Everett.
The new schedule at 3900 Broadway in Everett is as follows:
In addition to the Everett site, the Health District will also be offering testing at the Lynnwood Food Bank on Tuesday, September 22. Appointments will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 5320 176th St SW.
COVID-19 testing at the Health District’s sites is now available to anyone, including those needing testing for pre-op visits or travel requirements. Turnaround time is 3-4 business days, and the Health District cannot rush results to meet personal deadlines for medical procedures or travel. Staff have also rolled out a new process to provide proof of testing that individuals can use to show employers, healthcare providers or for travel-related needs.
If demand for testing exceeds capacity, or if disease transmission increases again, the Health District may have to restrict eligibility again. Testing remains strongly encouraged for individuals that fit the following criteria:
Registration is now open at www.snohd.org/testing. Insurance information is collected and the lab will bill insurance. There are no co-pays for COVID-19 testing. If you do not have insurance, the test will be provided at no charge.
A new phone line has been established for test registration help, particularly those without internet access or needing translation services. That number is 425.258.8425, and it will be staffed M-F from 8:30-4:30, but people can leave a message after hours.
To make it easier to find other options to get test near you, the Health District and the Washington State Department of Health have created additional tools. The Health District has developed a table of other providers within Snohomish County, including those that offer travel testing. DOH has created a new webpage to help people find COVID-19 testing locations throughout the state. People are encouraged to call ahead to verify information has not changed.
The community is encouraged to help prevent the spread of illness and to support the response to this outbreak by staying informed and sharing reliable information. This is a very fluid situation and information will be updated at www.snohd.org/covid and the Health District’s social media channels.