COVID-19 Testing Information

Test to protect.

COVID-19 testing helps protect you, your family, your friends, and your community. It’s also more available than ever before.

Testing plays an important role in slowing and stopping the spread of COVID-19.

You should get tested if you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Most health insurance plans cover testing services for COVID-19. The state insurance commissioner ordered all health plans his office regulates to waive copays, coinsurance and deductibles for people requiring testing for COVID-19.

Find free testing sources and locations listed below.

If you test positive on an at-home test, call the state COVID-19 hotline at (800) 525-0127. 

If you get sick, you might not need to go to the hospital. But you need to know your symptoms and pay attention to your body. Many COVID-19 cases are mild enough you can recover at home.

Make an appointment with your healthcare provider, visit a free testing site, or pick-up a test kit for home at a convenient location available on this page.

Test to Treat program

We help connect high-risk COVID-19 patients with a life-saving drug called Paxlovid. Here’s what you need to know.

  • If you test positive for COVID-19 and are high risk for hospitalization or death, you’re eligible.
  • Timing is important. You should start medication within 5 days of your first symptoms.
  • A few sites like pharmacies, doctors’ offices and testing sites provide all the services in one place. You’ll get a test, consultation and treatment.
  • In most cases, you’ll take a COVID-19 test at home or at a free testing site.
  • If you test positive and have a primary care provider, consult with them and they’ll give you a prescription.
  • If you don’t have a provider, or if you can’t get in right away, you can consult with a virtual test-to-treat provider. Call (360) 688-7044. If you’re eligible, you’ll get a free prescription to fill at your local pharmacy.

The program is free. Our most vulnerable residents should have fast, direct access to the treatments that reduce hospitalization and death!

Free COVID-19 home tests

You can take a COVID-19 test in the privacy of your own home at the date and time that work for you. Tests include easy-to-follow instructions. Some provide results while you wait and some provide mailing instructions. 

Federal Health and Human Services

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. Go to covidtests.gov or call (800) 232-0233. Orders will usually ship by USPS in 7-12 days.

State Department of Health

Each household may order testing kits twice a month. Each kit has 4-5 individual tests. Go to sayyescovidhometest.org or call (800) 525-0127 then press #. Kits should be delivered 1-2 weeks after placing an order. Availability will depend on how many kits the state has in stock.

Guidance for self-testing.

To ensure accuracy, it’s important to closely follow all test kit instructions. Some kits require 2 tests over a few days. If you test positive on a rapid test, call the state COVID-19 hotline at (800) 525-0127. 

Find more information on self-testing on the state’s self-testing page.

Visit any of the Testing sites in our area

There are many other testing locations in in our community. They may charge a fee or be open only to existing patients. Check with any test site prior to visiting for eligibility, insurance, or fee requirements. 

While you wait for test results.

Please follow the quarantine directions from your healthcare provider or testing location.

Symptoms

During your quarantine, check twice daily for fever above 100.4 degrees and watch for these symptoms:

  • Fever.
  • Chills.
  • Cough.
  • Shortness of breath. (call 911)
  • Difficulty breathing. (call 911)
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache.
  • Loss of taste or smell.
  • Sore throat.
  • Fatigue.
  • Congestion or runny nose.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Diarrhea.

If you experience any of these symptoms, call your healthcare provider.

Contact the health Department

Questions?
  • For urgent issues call (253) 649-1412.
  • For non-urgent issues call (253) 649-1413 and leave a message.
    • Includes reporting notifiable conditions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    • Leave the patient’s name, date of birth and disease.