Where can I get tested?
There are several ways to get a test in Washington state. Depending on where you live, you may have community-based testing sites, local clinics, and drive-thru sites offering accessible testing near you. Testing times can vary for a number of reasons, but many communities have more than one testing option.
You may also call your health provider to request a test at a health care facility. If you need help finding a testing site near you, check with your local health department or district. You may also call 2-1-1 for more resources.
ADA Accessible sites available in Franklin County (South Central), King County (North Puget Sound), and Thurston County (South Puget Sound).
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Will Insurance Cover My Testing?
If you have symptoms, or you’ve been a close contact of someone with confirmed COVID-19, there should be no cost to you for testing, whether you have insurance or not.
Insurance companies are not allowed to charge co-pays, facility fees or require prior authorization when someone is being evaluated for and tested for COVID-19.The state Insurance Commissioner is requiring insurers to waive co-pays and deductibles for COVID-19 testing, and has answered frequently asked questions about health insurance and COVID-19.
The Health Care Authority is working with insurance carriers across all the populations they purchase for (Apple Health, public employees and school employees). You may learn more on HCA's website.
If you don’t have health insurance, visit the Washington Health Benefit Exchange to find out if you qualify for free health coverage (Apple Health, Washington’s Medicaid program) or if you qualify to purchase individual health insurance under specific circumstances. Find answers to frequently asked questions about getting coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Learn more about costs for COVID-19 testing (PDF) in Washington state.
Note: Providers can use the HRSA portal to explore reimbursement as well.
ADDITIONAL FREE COVID-19 TESTING INFO FOR HIGH-RISK PEOPLE WITHOUT HEALTH CARE
WHEN: Walk-up/drive-through hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30am– 3:45pm;
no appointment needed.
WHERE: Downtown Public Health Center (2124 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121).
WHAT: Free COVID-19 testing is now available from Public Health – Seattle & King County for people with symptoms of COVID-19 who are at highest risk for severe illness from the disease and don’t have regular access to health care. Symptomatic health care providers, workers in congregate care settings, and people working in critical infrastructure occupations will also be served.
Any staff or resident of a shelter with any of the following symptoms are eligible for testing:
· A new fever (100.4°F or higher), or a sense of having a fever*
· A new cough that you cannot attribute to another health condition*
· New shortness of breath that you cannot attribute to another health condition*
· A new sore throat that you cannot attribute to another health condition*
· New muscle aches (myalgias) that you cannot attribute to another health condition, or that may have been caused by a specific activity (such as physical exercise)*
This clinic will specifically serve people with symptoms in the following categories:
· Individuals in high-risk groups (e.g., elderly, underlying medical conditions, pregnant women, and people living homeless)
· Healthcare workers or workers in congregate care settings (including: hospital, department of corrections, juvenile detention centers, mental/behavioral health clinics, long-term care facilities, permanent supportive housing and shelters)
· People working in critical infrastructure occupations (e.g. congregate settings such as homeless shelters)
*Please note: When you arrive, please remain at least 6 feet away from others. We may ask you to wear a mask while you are screened and awaiting testing.
References: Washington State Department of Health, CDC and World Health Organization