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Director: Jennifer Johnson


COVID-19 | Drive-Thru Testing | Español

OPEN WEEKDAYS 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The testing site is at Skagit Valley College, in the East Parking lot on the east side of McIntyre Hall

TESTING AND RESULTS  |   WHAT TO EXPECT   |  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS



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TESTING AND RESULTS

If you do not have insurance, you can still get tested. Nobody will be turned away for not having insurance, ID, or Social Security Number. If you are insured, bring your insurance card with you. If you do not have your insurance card available, you will need to know your insurance company, ID and group number (if applicable), and the name and birthday of the primary insured if it is not you.

Skagit County Public Health will test anyone five years of age or older who feels they should be tested, and is encouraging anyone who fits into the following guidelines to get tested:

  • Those who are essential workers
  • Anyone with any COVID-19 symptoms
  • Anyone whose physician recommended they be tested
  • Anyone who lives or works in a congregate setting
  • Pregnant women
  • Anyone who is a close contact or has a known exposure to COVID-19

NOTE: If you have serious symptoms, such as fever higher than 100 degrees, cough and shortness of breath, consult your medical provider or seek care through one of the respiratory clinics in Skagit County.

DRIVE-THRU TESTING RESULTS

PLEASE NOTE
The results listed below reflect ALL people tested at the drive through site, including people who live outside Skagit County.
Results are posted 72 hours after testing. We do not test or receive results on Saturdays and Sundays. Numbers reported here may differ from reported case numbers on the Skagit County Coronavirus site, which reflect only those who live within Skagit County.

Date Total Tested Negative Positive % Positive
07/31/2020 413 402 11 2.7%
07/30/2020 392 377 15 3.8%
07/29/2020 370 358 12 3.2%
07/28/2020 416 405 11 2.6%
07/27/2020 516 509 7 1.4%
07/24/2020 413 401 12 2.9%
07/23/2020 336 329 7 2.1%
07/22/2020 393 383 10 2.5%
07/21/2020 402 396 6 1.5%
07/20/2020 579 563 16 2.8%
07/17/2020 409 382 27 6.6%
07/16/2020 344 340 4 1.2%
07/15/2020 353 350 3 0.8%
07/14/2020 410 407 3 0.7%
07/13/2020 595 569 26 4.4%
07/10/2020 428 417 11 2.6%
07/09/2020 374 366 8 2.1%
07/08/2020 373 354 19 5.1%
07/07/2020 402 393 9 2.2%
07/06/2020 505 495 10 2.0%
07/02/2020 362 357 5 1.4%
07/01/2020 343 338 5 1.5%
06/30/2020 354 345 9 2.5%
06/29/2020 469 458 11 2.3%
06/26/2020 345 341 4 1.2%
06/25/2020 248 247 1 0.4%
06/24/2020 298 292 6 2.0%
06/23/2020 219 215 4 1.8%
06/22/2020 297 277 20 6.7%
06/19/2020 188 184 4 2.1%
06/18/2020 177 173 4 2.3%
06/17/2020 215 211 4 1.9%
06/16/2020 202 198 4 2.0%
06/15/2020 287 280 7 2.4%
06/12/2020 165 164 1 0.6%
06/11/2020 172 168 4 2.3%
06/10/2020 196 194 2 1.0%
06/09/2020 143 142 1 0.7%
06/08/2020 197 197 0 0.0%
06/05/2020 124 124 0 0.0%
06/04/2020 130 129 1 0.8%
06/03/2020 95 95 0 0.0%
06/02/2020 126 120 6 4.8%
06/01/2020 170 165 5 2.9%
05/29/2020 133 133 0 0.0%
05/28/2020 119 117 2 1.7%
05/27/2020 100 100 0 0.0%
05/26/2020 181 181 0 0.0%
05/22/2020 147 147 0 0.0%
05/21/2020 156 156 0 0.0%
05/20/2020 140 139 1 0.7%
05/19/2020 189 188 1 0.5%
05/18/2020 242 242 0 0.0%
05/15/2020 227 226 1 0.4%
05/14/2020 234 233 1 0.4%
05/13/2020 201 193 8 4.0%
05/12/2020 118 108 10 8.5%
05/11/2020 95 92 3 2.1%
05/08/2020 62 57 5 8.1%
05/07/2020 79 73 6 7.6%
05/06/2020 111 109 2 1.8%
05/05/2020 95 94 1 1.0%
05/04/2020 138 128 11 7.9%
05/01/2020 146 137 9 6.2%
04/30/2020 97 95 2 2.1%
04/29/2020 113 107 6 5.4%
04/28/2020 107 102 5 4.7%
04/27/2020 187 182 5 2.7%
04/23/2020* 99 99 0 0.0%
04/22/2020* 85 85 0 0.0%
04/21/2020* 49 49 0 0.0%

* Tests conducted April 21-23 were first responders and healthcare workers only.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

Entrance and Registration Flagger

When you arrive, follow the signs and volunteers directing you to each station. This map represents the anticipated flow of traffic, but may change.

NOTE: Please follow flagger directions! If traffic volumes are high, flaggers may direct you through different holding areas designed to accommodate a large number of vehicles.

 

Station 1 - Registration

Proceed to the tent for instructions. Keep windows closed. Provide requested information. When signaled, move to testing station. Follow flagger directions.

Station 2 - Testing

There are two lanes for the testing tent. Proceed to the lane indicated by the flagger. Crack window for instructions. Receive self-swab testing kit and follow instructions. When complete, exit drive-through testing.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Updated 7/30/20

When is the drive-thru testing is happening?

Testing is available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. We expect to be able to conduct tests every 2 minutes, but that may change based on staffing availability and capacity to process individuals.

Where is the drive-thru located?

The testing site is at Skagit Valley College, in the East Parking lot on the east side of McIntyre Hall. We will have traffic control in place to manage vehicles entering and exiting the parking lot.

Who testing is for?

Skagit County Public Health will test anyone five  years of age or older that feels they should be tested, and is encouraging anyone who fits into the following guidelines to get tested:

  • Those who are essential workers
  • Anyone with any COVID-19 symptoms
  • Anyone whose physician recommended they be tested
  • Anyone who lives or works in a congregate setting
  • Pregnant women
  • Anyone who is a close contact or has a known exposure to COVID-19
Adults with serious symptoms such as fever higher than 100 degrees, cough, and or shortness of breath should consult with their medical provider or seek care through one of the respiratory clinics in Skagit County

How old do I have to be to get tested?

Anyone age 5 or older can get tested at the drive-through site. Children younger than 5 should be seen by their pediatrician. A parent or guardian can do the nasal swab for a child depending on their age and ability. Site staff will verify the presence of a parent or guardian during registration, and document verbal parental consent for the test.

How does testing work?

The idea of getting tested may be a little unnerving – but it’s a simple process.  It takes only a few minutes and is a self-swab performed by the individual being tested.  Follow signs and instructions from volunteers to proceed through the registration and testing process. Testing is done inside your vehicle.  You will not need to exit your vehicle to get tested.

What type of testing procedure is provided?

The test is a viral test which tells you if you have a current infection. The test is a self-swab performed by the individual being tested.  This is a test that the public can do themselves.  The self-swab test will happen in your vehicle.  This method is MUCH less uncomfortable than nasopharyngeal swabs (NP).  The test itself takes about 20 seconds.  The individual will swab shallowly in each nostril, circling the swab 4 times on each side. 

Is the self-swab test effective?

The FDA, CDC and Washington State Department of Health have updated their guidelines for COVID-19 testing to make the process easier and less uncomfortable for patients.  The simple, patient-collected COVID-19 testing process is effective.  A self-administered nasal swab is similar to a nasopharyngeal swab in detecting coronavirus.

How long does it take to get tested?

We have the capacity to test up to 400 individuals per day. Our wait times vary with Mondays being the busiest with waits of up to 3 hours.   We  recommend you plan for at least 1 hour to be safe.

What will you ask when I get tested?

The registration questions will take you a few minutes to answer.  You will need your insurance information to answer these questions.  If you do not have insurance, you can still get tested. Nobody will be turned away for not having insurance, ID, or Social Security Number. If you have those things, please bring them, but they are not required.

If you are insured, bring your insurance card with you. If you do not have your insurance card available, you will need to know your insurance company, ID and group number (if applicable), and the name and birthday of the primary insured if it is not you. It is very important that you provide complete, accurate information in order to be tested and to receive your test results.

What do I need to bring with me when I show up for testing?

If you have it, bring ID with your name and photo, and your insurance card if you have health insurance. When you arrive to the testing facility, follow signs and instructions from volunteers to proceed through the testing process. If you do not have a photo ID, please be prepared to provide your name, birth date, address and a phone number (cell with texting capability preferred) at registration.

If you do not have insurance, you can still get tested. Nobody will be turned away without insurance, ID, or Social Security Number. If you have those things, great, please bring them, but they are not required. If you are insured, bring your insurance card with you. If you do not have your insurance card available, you will need to know your insurance company, ID and group number (if applicable), and the name and birthday of the primary insured if it is not you.  

 

Will you have interpreters on site for non-English speaking individuals?

Yes, we will have Spanish-speaking staff on site.

Is Public Health conducting the tests?

Public Health will observe but not conduct the specimen collection. A swab sample will be collected by the individual through a nasal self-swab; the swab will be placed into a test tube and labeled for testing at the laboratory. This is a method approved by the CDC and used by other testing sites. Public health will have a nurse at the testing stations, but there will be no medical screening offered.

Why is wide spread testing important?

The more people we can test, the safer our community will be.  Testing remains critical so that we can identify individuals who have been infected with COVID-19 and their close contacts.  It is crucial to isolate and quarantine people who are infected or at risk of being infected to contain the spread of the virus.  There is no treatment or vaccination available at this time, so isolation and quarantine is the best way to limit the spread of the virus.

As businesses being to re-open and more people are out and about we will have more community exposure, so testing will help us quickly identify potential exposures and get those people into isolation and quarantine to limit community transmission. 

If I am asymptomatic, how often should I get tested?

In general, we recommend asymptomatic testing only when there has been a known exposure or for those working in high risk work places where social distancing is difficult.  We do not recommend repeated testing for asymptomatic individuals at this time, however if you feel you have had an exposure, asymptomatic testing is available or it has been recommended by your doctor.

If you are asymptomatic, we recommend you continue to take precautions and use good social distancing and hygiene practices. Social distancing and good hygiene are the best tools we have to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep ourselves and our communities safe.

How will you observe social distancing?

You will not need to leave your vehicle. Registration information will be collected through a closed vehicle window when entering the testing site. Tests will be conducted by the individual, and placed outside their vehicle for collection by staff.

What about people who don’t have vehicles, and rely on public transportation?



People who rely on public transportation can take transit to the testing location and walk through the testing site. Public Health will have appropriate procedures in place to safely test these individuals.

What impacts will the surrounding community notice?

Drivers in the area may notice increased traffic near Skagit Valley College, and should be alert for vehicles entering and exiting the parking lot. Drivers may also see tents, a public health trailer for supplies, cones, traffic controllers, and many other resources.

Is there a plan to mitigate those impacts?

Staff at the site will make sure to manage entering and exiting traffic to avoid impacts to drivers.

How long does it take to get test results back?

It takes an average of 24 to 72 hours to receive test results.

How will I get notified if my test is positive or negative?

Your negative result will be texted to you from a Skagit County Public Health phone number – or called if you can’t receive text messages. Skagit County Public Health will call you if your test is positive, and provide more information about self-isolation and quarantine of close contacts.

If my test is negative, does that mean I’m immune – or safe to go back to my normal routines?

A negative test does NOT mean that you’re immune. It just means that you aren’t currently infected with COVID-19. You can still get infected if you come into contact with someone who is contagious. Continuing to wear masks when in public, keeping 6 feet of physical distance between yourself and others, and frequently washing your hands are the best ways to protect your health.

If I have tested positive and have been in isolation, should I get tested again to be sure I get a negative result and I am not still infectious.

No.  Often a test will still show a positive result at the end of your isolation period, even when you are no longer infectious.  The test is quite sensitive and will pick up old genetic matter, even though the virus is dead.  If you tested positive, please follow Public Health guidance for isolation.  All individuals should be in isolation for 10 days or until 72 hours after symptoms go away, whichever is longer.

If I need to provide documentation to my employer about my test results, how can I do that?

Public Health can provide documentation upon request.

Will this testing allow Skagit County to lift any part of the stay home, stay healthy order?\

Not immediately, but it’s a start. We know that widespread testing must be available to open up the economy and ease the Stay Home, Stay Healthy guidelines. Expanded testing provides improved control of community spread, which will be critical as the Governor’s order is lifted. As more people interact, it increases the risk of spreading the virus; having broader testing allows us to identify individuals who have the virus so that they can self-isolate to not spread the virus further.

How much testing would we need to do to lift the stay home, stay healthy order?

This kind of testing is being started now to provide improved control of the pandemic and improved control of community spread. It will help as the Governor’s stay home, stay healthy order changes, and as we have more community exposure, to quickly identify potential exposures and get those people into isolation and quarantine. The more we can test people, the safer those interactions may be.

If testing won’t let us lift the order, then why are we doing it?

This kind of testing is being started now to provide improved control of the pandemic and improved control of community spread. It will help as the Governor’s stay home, stay healthy order changes, and as we have more community exposure, to quickly identify potential exposures and get those people into isolation and quarantine. The more we can test people, the safer those interactions may be.

Where we are getting the tests from?

We are getting testing supplies from NW Laboratory in Bellingham.

How many tests can we do each day?

As community need increases, we have increased our testing capacity. Initially, we hoped to test 200 people per day. We are currently testing around 400 people per day.

How long de we plan to conduct drive-through testing?

We will conduct drive-through testing for as long as there is community need.

How costs are being managed?

Skagit Valley College is donating the space and providing volunteers. Skagit County DEM is providing additional volunteers. NW Pathology will do all billing of insurance and clients. Cost to the individual is based on the individual’s policy coverage. Public Health Lab will cover costs for uninsured individuals.

Will my insurance cover this test? If not, how much will it cost?

NW Laboratory will do all billing of insurance and clients. Cost to the individual is based on the individual’s policy coverage. The individual is responsible for checking their insurance for coverages and out-of-pocket costs. If you have insurance, please bring your insurance information with you to the site.

Can I pay out of pocket if I don’t have insurance?

The federal government will reimburse NW Laboratory for the cost of testing for people who can confirm that they do not have insurance.

If I think I’ve been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, but I don’t have symptoms; can I get tested?

Yes. Anyone who is a close contact of a COVID-19 case can get tested.