Skagit Comes Together
We know COVID-19 testing is critical in determining how widespread the virus is in the Skagit community. Test results provide the data and information necessary for the wider contact tracing that will strengthen our control of COVID-19 spread. Additionally, this data will help guide us on how to keep ourselves safe when Governor Inslee modifies the Stay Home Stay Heathy order. Thankfully, several Skagit agencies, professionals and an amazing host of volunteers are coming together to provide drive-through testing directly to many Skagitonians.
Can I get tested?
- Testing is prioritized and currently available only for individuals with:
- mild symptoms, or
- a doctor’s recommendation, or
- with or without symptoms, first responders or healthcare workers.
What if I have more than mild symptoms?
Adults with serious symptoms such as fever higher than 100 degrees, cough, and/or shortness of breath should consult with their health care provider or seek care through one of the respiratory clinics in Skagit County.
When is the testing open and where is it?
Drive-through COVID-19 testing is now open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the east parking lot of Skagit Valley College.
Is there anything I need to do before I go to the testing site?
Review the website before arriving at the testing site. Prior to arriving at the testing site, we encourage you to review the detailed instructions at the Skagit County Website. Please check out the photos and Frequently Asked Questions. Note that you will administer the test yourself. You will be given a swab to swirl in your nose while you remain in your car. Nurses will provide instruction. The test should be quick and you shouldn’t experience any discomfort.
Make sure you meet the requirements – The drive-through site currently serves only: People who have mild COVID-19 symptoms such as such a cough and/or fever, or people whose doctor has recommended them for testing, or any healthcare workers or first responders regardless of symptoms.
Register before coming to the test site. Register by completing a simple registration form online.
Make sure you bring your ID and insurance card to the Testing Site. Bring an ID and a health insurance card for everyone being tested in your vehicle. If you do not have insurance, the Washington State Public Health Lab will cover the testing cost for uninsured individuals who meet one of the CDC criteria.
Please arrive on time for your appointment.
What do I do when I get there?
Follow Instructions When You Arrive. Staff and volunteers will give you instructions at each tent — Keep your car windows up until directed otherwise.
Will I be tested for antibodies?
No. We are not currently testing for antibodies.
When will I get my results?
Results should be available within 24 to 72 hours.
How is this all made possible?
Drive-through testing is just the latest in a series of local efforts developed to combat COVID-19. Our community is once again rallying in an effort to protect the well-being of all Skagitonians! Testing has been made possible through the leadership, coordination, on-site staffing and support of Skagit County Unified Command, Skagit County Public Health, Skagit Valley College and dozens of volunteers.
Volunteers are a crucial component of drive-through testing.
They have been incredibly generous with their time and effort. This team includes retired surgeons, physician assistants, EMTs, school nurses and other medical professionals. The Snohomish County Medical Reserve Corps is a regional program which is actively recruiting volunteers to help in the Skagit COVID-19 response. They particularly need people who can communicate in more than one language. If you are interested in volunteering, click here: https://snohd.org/221/Medical-Reserve-Corps