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By Jana Hill
Mill Creek Beacon Editor 

COVID testing available in Snohomish County

 
Series: Coronavirus | Story 300

Last updated 11/9/2020 at 9:16am



As COVID-19's uptick outdoes Snohomish County stats this spring, it is important to remember testing is available. Testing is useful because it can help individuals and households decide whether to quarantine, to stem further spread.

And, the usual advice persists: mask up, wash up, stay distant, avoid large gatherings, and outside is safer than inside.

Health officials have warned since the pandemic began that an overwhelming level of cases could overwhelm hospitals to levels that limit care for other emergencies such as heart attacks, car wrecks, and other urgent medical issues.

Additional concerns circle around vulnerable populations who can become seriously ill, such as those with heart disease, lung disease and conditions that suppress the immune system, such as diabetes. Those underlying illnesses increase the risk of dangerous illness from COVID-19. Dangerous illness can lead to hospitalization or death.

Most of those infected with COVID-19 still recover at home, with standard supportive care such as rest, fluids, and good nutrition. If a case of mild COVID-19 occurs, health officials still advise quarantine to avoid spreading the illness.

For COVID testing: Call ahead

Flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, or shortness of breath may be COVID-19, or may be the flu, or another illness. Do not arrive unannounced at any care sites due to symptoms, as it may further spread the virus to others.

Call in advance, and ask if a test is needed, and where to arrive and what measures to take. Some sites have a separate entrance for COVID-likely patients.

COVID testing is available at the following sites, or contact your health care provider for direction:

* Indigo Regional Clinic, at 800 164th Street SE, Suite P, in Mill Creek. Open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call 425-434-4231.

* The Everett Clinic tests at specific locations with drive-thru options to minimize contact with others. Options for those with symptoms include televisits https://www.everettclinic.com/schedule-virtual-visit or contact with urgent care https://www.everettclinic.com/medical-departments/urgent-care-walk-clinics. Call 425-382-4755.

* Western Washington Medical Group offers COVID testing in the parking lot, to avoid contact with others. https://www.wwmedgroup.com/appointment-request/

* Quest Diagnostics sells an at-home COVID-19 test for $119. Go to https://questdirect.questdiagnostics.com/products/covid-19-active-infection/2713afd8-3d0c-4819-b877-6880a776cc46

* Snohomish Health District continues drive-thru testing by appointment. Contact at [email protected] 425.339.5278. Check for updates as open hours can change. A map and updated information is at https://www.snohd.org/503/Drive-Thru-Testing-Available-by-Appointm

Health District offers testing at 3900 Broadway, Everett, in the parking lot near Everett Memorial Stadium, with plans to schedule tests Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this week, and at the Lynnwood Food Bank, 5320 176th St. SW, on Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Additional testing sites include some locations for The Everett Clinic, Sea Mar Regional Clinics, Skagit Regional Clinics, and Indigo Regional Clinic.

https://www.snohd.org/549/Additional-Testing-Resources. For any testing, call in advance of arrival, for information on where COVID-19 patients are accepted, advice on whether testing is needed, and protocols for onsite visits.

 

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