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4.6(660 reviews)
531 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102531 Broadway E
OpenFri 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
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5.0(5 reviews)
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401 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101401 Pine St
OpenFri 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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The team was great and fast. Super experience!!!

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4.95(59 reviews)
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319 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA 98104319 Terry Ave
OpenFri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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It took me 2min for Covid testing, no one was waiting too!

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4.75(68 reviews)
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319 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA 98104319 Terry Ave
OpenFri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Great quick Covid-19 PCR test!

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4.97(79 reviews)
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509 Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98101509 Olive Way
OpenFri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Super quick and easy. Very friendly staff and a very clean facility. 5/5

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4.9(11k reviews)
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3822 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 981083822 6th Ave S
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These testing sites have been incredibly helpful and easy to use. Staff is friendly, results are fast, the ability to come with no appointment is incredibly beneficial. I do appreciate everyone’s hard work at these UW testing sites. THANK YOU!
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4.93(29k reviews)
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3820 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 981083820 6th Ave S
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Sorry to see less testing sites. This site was excellent.
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4.79(3.8k reviews)
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3820 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 981183820 Rainier Ave S
OpenFri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Everyone from the people on in the front person to the person who discharged me were all very kind, understanding and helpful,
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4.71(3.5k reviews)
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118 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105118 NE 45th St
OpenFri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Jennifer took great precautions and gave great advice on how to proceed with my cut. She was communicative and very friendly!
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4.85(3.6k reviews)
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5117 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 981185117 Rainier Ave S
OpenFri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Recent patient review

Just a 17 min bike ride from Georgetown neighborhood, I was glad to find them open after the 6th Ave S test station closed down. Friendly staff and no waiting on a Monday afternoon. Was able to get an appointment same day. Thanks!
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4.91(11k reviews)
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5117 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 981185117 Rainier Ave S
OpenFri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Very friendly and efficient staff.
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4.89(2.4k reviews)
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1145 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 981071145 NW Market St
OpenFri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Recent patient review

So convenient since I live in Ballard. The woman who helped me with the test was extremely nice and explained things well. Thumbs up!
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4.91(3.1k reviews)
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1145 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 981071145 NW Market St
OpenFri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Recent patient review

Quick, efficient and clean. In and out in less than 10 minutes
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4.9(12k reviews)
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2801 SW Thistle St, Seattle, WA 981062801 SW Thistle St
OpenFri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Recent patient review

Friendly people throughout. No lines. Great facility. We didn’t have an appointment and we were able to walk right up.
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4.89(6.6k reviews)
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2801 SW Thistle St, Seattle, WA 981062801 SW Thistle St
OpenFri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Best visit there yet.
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4.85(19k reviews)
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12040 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 9813312040 Aurora Ave N
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Recent patient review

Wish this was remaining open, best location easy access and saves hassle of trying to park in Seattle
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4.9(35k reviews)
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12040 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 9813312040 Aurora Ave N
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Recent patient review

This was the easiest drive-through test site that I've ever used. The intake staff member was super nice & very friendly. I appreciate the thoroughness of stopping at the booth to confirm your info is correct on the testing tube. I really wish UW would keep the Aurora site OPEN! That part of Seattle is a very under-served community. Everyone deserves access to quick, safe Covid testing, regardless of their "profession". Now that Polyclinic Northgate has totally shut down their testing sites (including their Urgent Care), I will have to drive further north or south just to get tested for upcoming procedures. The Aurora site is very efficient, too! Keep it open!
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4.86(26k reviews)
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Parking Lot 1B, 3000 Landerholm Cir SE, Bellevue, WA 98007, Bellevue, WA 98007Parking Lot 1B, 3000 Landerholm Cir SE, Bellevue, WA 98007
OpenFri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Clean, short line, easy process, quick process for in and out and safe environment.
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4.81(15k reviews)
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Parking Lot 1B, 3000 Landerholm Cir SE, Bellevue, WA 98007, Bellevue, WA 98007Parking Lot 1B, 3000 Landerholm Cir SE, Bellevue, WA 98007
OpenFri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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I drove up without an appointment, was seen promptly, and felt safe. The staff were friendly and efficient. Five stars. I would give six if I could.
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4.82(3.2k reviews)
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15499 15th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 9815515499 15th Ave NE
OpenFri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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I went for a covid test at 1 of the outdoor testing sites. It was efficient and the people were nice.
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Latest COVID-19 Testing Updates

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COVID-19 Testing FAQs

  • How much does COVID testing cost in Seattle?

    In many cases, COVID testing can be free. Many state and local health departments continue to offer free testing to community residents as part of their response to the pandemic. In other cases, commercially insured patients, or those on Medicare or Medicaid, may receive testing at no out of pocket cost, or with a nominal office visit copay. For cash paying patients, or those that need rapid COVID testing which will deliver results in under an hour, COVID tests can range from $50 to $150 each. It is best to call your healthcare provider prior to getting tested to better understand the cost of the specific test you require.

  • Where can I get free COVID testing in Seattle?

    COVID testing is available for free under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes testing for those without health insurance. Check with your Seattle-area health department as they are generally a good source for free COVID tests, or can at least point you in the right direction. Additionally, you can ask your primary care provider to recommend a free COVID test site.

  • Where can I get COVID testing in Seattle?

    COVID testing is available at many outlets near Seattle including urgent care centers, retail clinics, primary care offices, health departments, and more. Different venues will have different types of tests available, many at different price points. Some testing sites are allowing walk-in patients, however, many are still requiring some degree of advance booking to control patient volume.

  • Where can I get a rapid COVID test in Seattle?

    Rapid testing—both PCR (molecular) and antigen tests—is offered through many Seattle-area urgent care centers and physician offices, usually at an additional cost ranging from $50 up to $150 per test. Usually this will allow you to get results back in under an hour, and require advanced booking through the provider. However, if you can wait 24 hours for your results, many labs are turning around send-out lab tests in that time frame, which could save you some money.

  • How to make an appointment for COVID testing in Seattle?

    Same-day and next day appointments for COVID testing in Seattle are bookable directly through Solv. Simply browse the list of healthcare providers conducting COVID tests above, find one with a “Book Online” button, and book a time that aligns with your schedule stating “COVID-19 Test” as your reason for visit.

  • Can I get tested for antibodies if I am sick with COVID-19 Seattle?

    An antibody test for COVID-19 might inform you if you previously had a coronavirus infection. Because it can take between 1–3 weeks after an infection for your body to develop these antibodies, an antibody test during an active infection would not be successful. To see if you are currently infected, you need a viral test.

  • Do I need a COVID test if I have been vaccinated?

    Even if you have been fully vaccinated, if you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, experts believe that you should be tested yourself, particularly if you are experiencing cold and flu symptoms commonly aligned with the coronavirus.

  • How long does COVID testing take?

    Getting a COVID test is quick. Most tests are done with a nasal swab, which takes less than a minute to swab both nostrils. Depending on where you get your COVID test, this means you could be in and out of the testing site in as little as 10-15 minutes. During busy times—particularly around holidays—testing sites may be busier than usual and wait times may be longer.

  • How long does it take to get COVID test results in Seattle?

    Most labs are returning send-out molecular (PCR) COVID test results within 24-48 hours of the test. Some sites take longer, so call and ask if the reason for the test is proof for travel. Rapid COVID tests are processed on-site and are able to deliver results in under an hour, sometimes in as little as 15 min.

  • Do COVID tests detect the Delta variant and Omicron variant?

    Regular COVID tests are able to detect both the Delta variant and Omicron variant in that they can determine whether or not you have the coronavirus. However, they can't tell which variation is involved. That would necessitate genomic sequencing, which is a different process from regular virus testing that not all labs can undertake. Sequencing is uncommon and can cost up to $100 per test. Since the treatment is the same for any variant, it is not clinically useful to an individual patient to know whether the infection was caused by a variant or not.

Recent COVID-19 Testing Reviews (20)

As my partner and I are both essential workers, we knew we needed to be tested. I get terrible “white coat anxiety” and had to be convinced by him to actually get tested. But the process was so much better than I could imagine. Everyone was super friendly, reassuring, professional, and just super positive. It was such a fast process (even though we didn’t have an appointment), and the test wasn’t even that bothersome. To be honest, I’d rather get a covid test than a strep test any day. It only made my eyes water a little and that was it. As we left, I kept ranting and raving about how easy it was and how everyone should be tested. If I could give the employees there a tip, I would. Thank you for all of your work and making me (a medically anxious person) feel so good. Plus, one of the people that worked with us had really cool earrings that I wish I had. Thank you all!

- Verified patient on 7/18

The UW Covid testing walk-up in Ballard is the best!! Scheduling was easy, swabbing was even easier. We were done and in the car back home in 5 minutes. Results came in 22 hours!!! Now THAT is an efficient machine. Thank you to every person who makes this happen. We’ve visited this site many times and you’ve never let us down. And, it’s free for everyone, so if you’re ever in doubt or worried you might have COVID, go get tested here! Lastly, I want to give the *UW virology labs* a special shout-out for all the hard work they’ve been doing, around the clock, for our city. As you guys pipette behind the scenes, soaking and testing endless sticks, you are making a difference for people you will never meet. What you do matters! These results inform every faceless swab on how to keep themselves, their family, friends and community safe. Thank you, on behalf of one faceless swab and her little swablettes too.

- Verified patient on 10/31

This was my first covid test of any kind. I filled out my insurance info online ahead of time and made an appointment (there were several times available for the same day when I looked in the morning). When I pulled into the parking lot it was clearly marked with signage and I understood where to go to stand in line. I didn’t wait in line very long - only about 5-10 minutes. Since I’d already checked in online I walked up to the table to which I was directed, answered a few questions, had the long cotton swab inserted into both sinuses for 10 seconds on each side, received info on how to access test results, and left to go back to my car. The entire process took about 15 minutes.

- Verified patient on 10/22

This drive thru covid testing site was speedy and efficient. My boyfriend and I checked in (he has insurance and I don’t), checked in and had us make sure our name and date of birth were correct on the vile. The health care professional instructed us how to perform the anterior nares swab on ourselves and then placed it in the vile. We were given a handout piece of paper with QR codes to scan and get our results and also answers a handful of questions that stated we would not be charged for the covid test. I asked the lady checking us in what type of test we were getting and she said PCR that results within 3 day. Overall good experience.

- Verified patient on 12/11

Testing center was great. It was hard for me to find it online. I called 4 different places that had no availability/open testing before my wife let me know about the city of Seattle UW testing location. Any steps to make it more readily apparent or the first result when googling “covid testing Seattle” would be a huge help. I used google maps to search that and was directed to Walgreens, zoom+ care, indigo urgent care, and Swedish first hill. All of these places required a referral or had convoluted sign up processes that did not result in my ability to get testing done the same day. Glad my wife knew about your testing center because sign up was easy and I was able to get in within the hour of signing up.

- Verified patient on 3/5

I was instructed online to drive up at 3:40 for a 3:55 appointment. When I arrived I was directed by a uniformed and masked SPD officer to a lane where there were 3 vehicles waiting in line ahead of me. Affixed to the post of the covered open air testing area was a large sign advising the Covid test station was being run by the SFD and UW. The process ahead of me moved forward in a timely manner. When I was first in line I was greated by a person fully suited, masked, and gloved. She verified my name and date of birth verbally, put a tag on my windshield, and moments later I moved forward to the first station, where a cheerful person, again fully gowned, masked and gloved, verified verbally again my name and date of birth, gave me a consent and information form, and an empty vial with my contact information and date on it, and directed me to drive forward. At the test station the SFD EMT, again fully masked, gowned, and gloved, with the addition of a clear face shield, asked if my vehicle were in park with engine off. I confirmed. She asked to see the vial label and that I hold it during the test. She asked what my symptoms were and if I had been tested before. Upon my negative response she explained the procedure in detail. She verbally instructed me to position my head comfortably, pull my mask down off my nose and leave it over my mouth. She then instructed me to breathe normally as she inserted the test swab in my right nostril. Her manner was calm and reassuring. The insertion was uncomfortable, but not intolerable. My eyes began watering. Upon completion of the right nostril insertion, she allowed me a moment, instructed me to reposition my head slightly, and advised that the sensation I would feel in my left nostril may be stronger than the right. She again requested that I breathe normally during the insertion. The left nostril insertion was more uncomfortable but not intolerable. She thanked me for my patience and advised thst the test results would be available in 24 to 72 hours and wished me a good day. I exited the facility under the direction of a uniformed and masked SPD officer at 3:53pm.

- Verified patient on 12/13

The only area which could use improvement is in the waiting experience. The entrance was so clogged with vehicles when I arrived that cars were lining up in the street to get in. Once I got to the driveway, no one asked if I had an appointment (which I did) and I entered the same queue with people who (I assume) drove up without an appointment. It would have been a smoother and more efficient process if all drivers are asked if they have an appointment and those who do can be funneled to special lanes where the wait hopefully won’t be as long. That said, all the staff members were terrific and I’m very grateful to the City of Seattle for making Covid testing so easy to get. Thank you.

- Verified patient on 10/22

I have had 7 Covid tests and this tester went so far in it scratched the back of my throat. When I pulled back to indicate he was borderline hurting me, instead of pausing and letting us settle back into the moment together he just pushed the swab back further. It was very poor human being to human being experience. When I commented that he went further than any other test I had had, and I was visibly more than uncomfortable, he just said everyone else must not be doing it right. I would recommend he be trained to pause when there is severe signs of discomfort or pain rather than pushing further when a patient is trying to get away from him. It has been 2 hours and I am still in pain.

- Verified patient on 3/3

The lady who did my covid test was super nice and understanding of my covid test anxiety. I have sensory issues so getting the covid test done is brutally painful, and quite an experience for me.(they need a less invasive test still).Even though I’m vaccinated and don’t go out I wanted to do it to make my family feel comfortable having a visit with me. My roommates said I shouldn’t because they’ve seen how anxious I’ve gotten in the past, and because I’ve already been fully vaccinated. But the lady who gave me the test was very nice, reassuring, and as gentle as she could be. I will come back here the next time I want to see my family because of my positive experience today. I didn’t get the lady’s name, but THANK YOU!!(you know who you are)

- Verified patient on 3/18

The complete process took less than an hour of my time which is kind of humorous since I’m not doing anything else right now due to the pandemic. I signed up online and had a same day appointment within 45 minutes. I arrived early and was seen a few minutes early. The team at the first gate were very courteous and professional and made me feel at ease. The person who did my test “Rosanna” was exceptional and the process was painless. If anything it only tickled and I was glad to have it done and over with and now I’ll wait for my results patiently and finish my quarantine time. Overall outstanding performance and service by the team at Sodo Seattle. I would highly recommend this location to anyone who has any uneasiness at all about having a Covid test taken.

- Verified patient on 1/13

Was blown away with how quickly I was able to get in and out. Probably took 8 minutes at most from the time I pulled in until the time I pulled out. Bill was administering the test for me and he was very professional and helpful throughout the process. Everyone says it’s uncomfortable to get the test but I didn’t find it bad at all. Worst part was eyes watering a little for which Bill prepared me for with a tissue :) The one thing I was surprised is they never asked for my ID but they did use my phone number and DOB to verify me. All in all, this was a well oiled machine. Very smart to turn the emissions testing facilities into COVID testing; great use of city resources!

- Verified patient on 7/29

I was able to make an appointment to get a Covid test in 45 minutes. Arrived early, I only waited about 5 minutes in line. The staff was cordial, especially the person administering the test who expressed concern that I was comfortable with her timing. It all appeared to run efficiently, including the vaccine lines. I did however wonder what it would be like waiting in the line area with open sides in bad weather. I was there on a beautiful day, but the west breeze was blowing material from the cattails, just on the other side of the fence, through the waiting line area & aggravating people’s allergies. The written information I received did not indicate a timeframe to check my test results. I just checked the website & was surprised to see that I had test results just 15 hours after my test!

- Verified patient on 4/1

As a person who is highly anxious of being poked and prodded by a doctor or dentist, I believe that I couldn’t have had a better experience than the one I had when I went in for a nasal swab at 1:40pm on Tuesday, February 16th at the Aurora Avenue test site. The greeter/intake gal, Tyler, was very friendly and kind and addressed my anxiety when I told her it was my first Covid test and that I was really scared. She assured me that it was quick and not any more uncomfortable that when you mix your wasabi/soy a little too strong at the sushi restaurant. Then, thanks be to God, the administrator of the test, Matt, was extremely patient with me (I am grateful that I thought to go at a not busy time so that I didn’t feel extra anxiety thinking I was holding up the queue). He described what would happen, how long it would take, and told me it would be okay. This helped me stop being jittery and relax enough to give it a try. I got really scared with the first attempt and how it felt, and Matt immediately yet gently removed the swab so that I could take a break. I asked him if it was going to go in further than that and he said “Oh yes” and I immediately started crying, hard. (This would be my only request of him the next time I perhaps have to see him: to intonate causally the ‘yes’ in order to help to minimize anxious patients’ fears going into a second attempt. Other than that little Matt let me take the time I needed (45+ seconds I’d imagine) to collect myself to try again, and suggested I step back to lean on the wall to support myself and be able to relax more. That helped enough to perform the swabs (1 in each nostril), along with his verbal comforting while doing the swab, and it helped me A LOT (I emphasize this) that he counted down the last 4 seconds. I cried again afterwards out of shame for falling apart (I am nearly 40 years old), and Matt told me I did a great job and allowed an elbow bump, though I wish I could’ve given him a hug. Thank you Matt. And Tyler! Heather the midday, middle-aged five year old.

- Verified patient on 2/16

Getting a covid test isn’t how I want to spend my average day, but I have to say this was a wonderful experience! There’s an energy of positivity and hope there; you can tell that everyone is excited to be doing important work and helping with this virus. Each person I spoke with was knowledgeable and had a great attitude. My biggest recommendation to anyone coming in is to make an appointment if you can, but don’t stress about the time you get there that day. The appointment really just saves you paperwork/time while you’re there so that you can move in and out a quickly as possible. Granted, I went midday on a Tuesday, but there was essentially no wait and I was able to complete the visit in just a few minutes. I got my results back in under 24 hours too! Thank you to the staff here for being so wonderful!!

- Verified patient on 1/6

In a nut shell, easy-schmesy! Staff (all 3 that we interacted with) were great. I do have a suggestion - an additional sign on the road driving in. On the Seattle "Register for Covid testing - No symptoms", it has this address "*** Walla Walla Road" and "Located in the E1 parking lot". At another address spot (I think on Solv notice sent me?) it had "*** NE Clark Rd". I inputted Clark Rd address in Google, and ended up at a small grey building (driving range office?) thinking "This doesn't look right" There were no other cars around to lead me in the right direction. I assumed it was the testing facility, and I think a pic of that building came up on Google maps. It was a little confusing for my wife and I for a minute. My suggestion is to put a sign there (something like "Covid Testing - continue straight ahead") with an arrow, would be helpful.

- Verified patient on 1/6

It was great. I was greeted by a screener who checked me in. Didn’t have a pleasant experience with one lady who was sitting in the far right crate (10/31/*** between 9-10AM). She was rude and unprofessional. I said, “Hello” first, she didn’t respond. I told her my name, appointment time, & she responded, “IT DOESN’T MATTER.” I understand this is a walk-in testing center & you’re not seen at your appointment time, but she didn’t bother asking my name or anything until i told her so what are we doing then? Then she finally verified my name & dob. The man in scrubs behind called me in & he gave me the best experience. I never had a covid test done before so he guided me through the whole process. It was super painless, but everyone’s anatomy & nasal passageway is different. So it’s different for everyone. I was lucky I had a straight shot. Overall, line moves pretty quickly.

- Verified patient on 10/31

I had a great experience getting my Covid test! I'm pretty sure I got at least the second or third best Swabber on the team. His name was Alan. It was written across his mask in big black letters but I asked him his name anyway, just to be sure he was wearing the right mask. With that confirmed, I had the confidence to continue. Alan's curbside manner was both professional and affable. He let me know what to expect before he began the swabbing and apart from a few involuntary tears (mine, not his) the test was over. Totally painless and quick. Big thank you to all of the folks at the testing site for thier commitment, professionalism and friendliness. It's a really great service to Seattle!

- Verified patient on 7/28

I booked 3 appointments for my family. For some reason the appointment for myself didn’t complete it’s booking online. Luckily the man checking us in was absolutely wonderful and helpful. He fixed it and made sure I could still get in for my test I scheduled. The man who handed us our QR code paperwork was very kind and helpful! Lastly, the girl who handed us our swabs and walked us through was actually the nicest one I’ve had yet. Normally with all the other companies, they seem fed up with people (which is understandable) but this women as extremely nice, and had a really great attitude. Everyone in my family actually commented on how nice and easy the whole process was when we left. Even if it’s just a Covid test, it’s really nice to know people take their jobs seriously and gave great bedside manner. Especially because a lot of people going through the line are sick and not feeling too happy. We appreciate companies who pride themselves in good bedside manner. I’ll definitely only use this place from now on!

- Verified patient on 9/11

I had made an appointment during my lunch break to get covid tested at the UW facility but when I arrived there was a very long line of cars and no separation for drive up versus appointment line. I had to turn around before testing in order to not be late for work. I decided to return back after I got off work at 5:30 as the facility was open until 6:30 according to the online hours. When I arrived again the facility had closed early due to high volume. I found this extremely inconvenient as I had to get covid tested for a time sensitive work requirement. I returned the next morning at 7:30 am when they opened and was finally able to get in line to get tested. If there are options to make an appointment online there should be a separate entry line so that those who have scheduled appointments don’t have to wait, otherwise I don’t see a point in making appointments.

- Verified patient on 8/4

Hi, I needed a fast unscheduled covid test today after experiencing strong vertigo for the first time in my life that sent me to Swedish emergency room last night. The doctor didn't appear to know about the link between vertigo & covid that I found in an NIH government research paper via Google after I arrived home from emergency room. Also, my sister & a good friend both told me today that in the past month they also had very strong vertigo for the first time too. This seemed like wayyyy too much of a coincidence so I wanted a fast covid test today. THANK YOU for making it possible!!! I look forward to the results soon. Happy Holidays, A Ballard Mom PS. Please don't publish my name.

- Verified patient on 12/12

Seattle COVID Testing & Rapid Testing

Types of COVID Tests

There are two types of coronavirus tests (COVID-19 tests) available, those that can test for a current infection (viral test) and those that can test for a past infection (antibody test).

Viral COVID testing can be done in a few different ways, the most common being nose swabs, but saliva tests are becoming more popular. Some tests are processed out on-site and can provide results in as little as 30 minutes. These are called rapid COVID tests. The majority of tests, on the other hand, are collected at the clinic on-site and then submitted to off-site labs for processing. Results can take up to 2-3 days to arrive. 

Antibody testing looks for a past infection and may not reveal if you have an active COVID-19 infection because antibodies can take up to three weeks to form in your body. The presence of COVID antibodies may help to prevent you from becoming infected with the same virus again; but, because the clinical understanding of COVID-19 is still developing, it's unclear how long that protection will continue.

Who should get tested for current infection

The CDC currently defines four instances where COVID testing is recommended:

  1. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
  2. If you have been in close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19. Close contact is defined as within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. If you have been vaccinated, or tested positive in the past 3 months and not experiencing symptoms, you do not need to be tested.
  3. If you are unvaccinated and participated in high-risk activities where distancing is not an option. This could include travel, large social or mass gatherings, crowded indoor settings, etc.
  4. If you have been referred to get a COVID test by your healthcare provider or local health department. 

How is testing done for COVID-19?

Most COVID tests are collected by a nasal swab. A member of the medical team puts a swab inside your nose for a few seconds on each side to collect the sample. After that, the samples are packaged according to CDC guidelines and tested on-site or transported to a facility for testing. The lab will test samples for the presence of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which causes COVID infection and either your care provider or the lab will notify you with the results as soon as they are available.

PCR vs Antigen Testing

Viral COVID tests are available as molecular and antigen tests. The molecular test, also known as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, usually delivers results within a few days since most of these tests are sent to offsite labs for analysis. The average turnaround time for PCR test results is 48 hours, but in some instances may be significantly longer due to backlogs related to insufficient lab volume and capacity. Antigen tests are also known as rapid tests and have an average turnaround time of between 15 to 30 minutes.

Both PCR and rapid COVID tests can be used to test people exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, those who were close contacts to COVID-19, and those without COVID-19 symptoms who live or work in a high-risk setting (such as a nursing facility); or those individuals who are identified as part of outbreak detection and response. The rapid COVID test is also recommended for the screening of residents or healthcare workers at skilled nursing facilities along with a PCR confirmation, and for repeat screening for the early detection and prevention of outbreaks in congregate settings (such as schools, workplaces, and prisons).

COVID testing is available for free under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes testing for those without health insurance. To reduce the risk of facing extra costs related to COVID testing, ask your primary care doctor to recommend a free COVID test site, and confirm there are no charges or fees for the test that are not covered by your insurance plan. Additionally, avoid getting a COVID test at a hospital or free-standing emergency room, as these facilities may charge fees for COVID testing and related services.

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