COVID-19 Testing

Find a UW Medicine COVID-19 testing site near you.
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    When should you get tested for COVID-19?

    Please use the following guidance on when to seek testing for COVID-19:

    If you are otherwise healthy with mild symptoms and cannot find testing availability, you should presume that you have COVID-19 and you should self-isolate according to current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Please DO NOT go to the emergency department only for a COVID-19 test.

    Learn more about COVID-19 symptoms and when to seek emergency medical attention.

    COVID-19 testing options

    UW Medicine offers drive-through and walk-up testing for COVID-19. The test used is either a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) or a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

    We do not offer rapid tests for COVID-19.

    For information about the COVID-19 testing process, including turnaround times at lab testing sites, read the four steps of COVID-19 testing. For more information on testing, consult the CDC.

    COVID-19 testing locations

    Please review the information at each location below for the latest updates. During times of high testing volumes, testing sites may require appointments and limit reasons for testing.

    Please check other COVID-19 testing locations for additional testing availability.

    Ash Way Park and Ride

    16327 Ash Way Lynnwood, WA 98087
    Sun-Fri 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    Appointment encouraged | Directed/assisted swab
    Testing: Drive-through and on foot
    Info line: 855.520.7540

    Auburn

    2400 Perimeter Rd, Auburn, WA 98001
    Mon-Sat 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Holiday hours

    Appointment encouraged | Directed/assisted swab
    Testing: Walk-up
    Info line: 833.562.1212

    Aurora

    12040 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133
    Mon-Sat 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Holiday hours

    Appointment encouraged | Directed/assisted swab
    Testing: Drive-through and on foot
    Info line: 833.562.1212

    Ballard

    Ballard

    1145 NW Market St. Seattle, WA 98107
    Mon-Sat 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Holiday hours

    Appointment encouraged | Directed/assisted swab
    Testing: Walk-up
    Info line: 833.562.1212

    Bellevue College

    Bellevue College

    1B Parking Lot, 3000 Landerholm Cir SE, Bellevue, WA 98007
    Open every day 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Holiday hours

    Appointment encouraged | Directed/assisted swab
    Testing: Drive-through and on foot
    Info line: 833.562.1212

    Harborview

    319 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104
    Sun-Fri  9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Holiday hours

    Appointment encouraged | Directed/assisted swab 
    Testing: On foot
    Info line: 833.562.1212

    Rainier Beach

    5117 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
    Mon-Sat 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Holiday hours

    Appointment encouraged | Directed/assisted swab
    Testing: On foot
    Info line: 833.562.1212

    Shoreline

    Shoreline

    15499 15th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98115
    Sun-Fri 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Holiday hours

    Appointment encouraged | Directed/assisted swab
    Testing: On foot
    Info line: 833.562.1212

    South Seattle (SODO)

    South Seattle (SODO)

    3820 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
    Mon-Sat 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Holiday hours

    Appointment encouraged | Directed/assisted swab
    Testing: Drive-through and on foot
    Info line: 833.562.1212

    University of Washington

    University District

    4113 Franklin Pl NE, E04 parking lot, Seattle, WA 98105
    University of Washington parking lot
    Open every day 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Holiday hours

    Appointment encouraged | Directed/assisted swab
    Testing: On foot
    Info line:
    833.562.1212

    West Seattle

    2801 SW Thistle St, Seattle, WA 98126
    Mon-Sat 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Holiday hours

    Appointment encouraged | Directed/assisted swab
    Testing: On foot
    Info line: 833.562.1212

     

    Yakima

    1211 North 16th Avenue Yakima, WA 98902
    Tuesday–Saturday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Holiday hours

    Appointment encouraged | Directed/assisted swab
    Testing: On foot
    Info line: 833.562.3622

    Other COVID-19 testing options

    In-person tests

    To find other COVID-19 testing locations, visit King County Public Health or Washington State Department of Health. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also has COVID-19 Test to Treat Locator where people are able to get tested and – if they are positive and treatments are appropriate for them – receive a prescription from a health care provider, and have their prescription filled all at one location.

    At-home antigen tests

    Free rapid at-home antigen test kits are available through the Washington State Department of Health.

    Please note that rapid at-home antigen tests fail to detect some symptomatic, and most asymptomatic (no symptoms) COVID-19 cases. UW Medicine recommends using home antigen tests only if you have symptoms. They cannot be used for pre-procedure testing.

    Report your positive at-home test results

    People who use at-home test kits and receive a positive result should call the state COVID-19 hotline, 1.800.525.0127 then press # (press 7 for Spanish), as soon as they receive results. Language assistance is available. 

    Testing for the visually impaired

    Those with visual impairment can work with a visual interpreter to complete any type of COVID-19 rapid antigen or PCR at-home test through the National Federation of the Blind. Get help from a visual interpreter.

    Holiday hours

    Testing locations will follow this holiday schedule:

    Holiday Day Status
    Thanksgiving Day November 24 All sites closed
    Native American Heritage Day November 25 All sites open
    Christmas Day December 25 All sites closed
    New Year's Day January 1 All sites closed

    The four steps of COVID-19 test

    Before the test

    You must bring a form of identification with you to your appointment -- such as a driver's license or passport -- to confirm your identity. All patients should wear a mask and arrive five minutes before their scheduled test time.

    When you arrive

    You will be directed to line up and verify your name and date of birth. If walk-up, please maintain 6 feet of distance from other individuals. If driving, remain in your car with your windows closed until a healthcare professional signals you to lower your car window.

    During the test

    Locations are directed and assisted swab sites, where individuals conduct their own swab, while being supervised by a healthcare provider. Watch this video to see the directed and assisted swab testing process from start to finish.

    The process can be uncomfortable but is rarely painful. Some patients experience a slight nosebleed, which can be controlled using tissue and pressure.

    After the test

    You will be given a QR (quick response) code. This code allows you to use a computer or mobile device to go online and access your test results. Please wait 72 hours before calling the laboratory if you haven’t received your results.

    Visit the UW Virology COVID-19 Dashboard to see daily testing volumes and average result times. Test results may take longer than average. 

    While you're waiting for test results, if you have been exposed to someone with COVID or are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, you should self-quarantine at home.

    If your COVID-19 test result is positive or inconclusive, a healthcare provider will call you to let you know.

    For test results within King County, if patients are having trouble accessing their results, they can call 206.477.3977 between 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Interpretation is available.

    How billing for your COVID-19 test works

    Insured patients

    Your insurance and billing information is gathered at the time that you make your COVID-19 testing appointment.

    More information about health insurance and COVID-19 is available on the Insurance Commissioner's website. Please contact your insurance company for questions specific to your particular plan.

    Uninsured patients

    All sites provide COVID-19 testing regardless of immigration or insurance status. They are open for drive-thru or walk/wheel-ups to anyone who cannot access a COVID-19 test through their regular healthcare provider.

    Frequently asked questions

    When should I get tested for COVID-19?

    Please use the following guidance on when to seek testing for COVID-19:

    • If you have COVID-19 symptoms: get tested as soon as you can and stay home until you have the results.
    • If you were exposed to someone who has COVID-19 and do NOT have symptoms: quarantine according to current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and get tested on day 5, if possible. If you are seeking care during your quarantine, contact your clinic prior to your visit.
    • If you tested positive with a home antigen test: you do not need to be tested with a lab test at a test site to confirm the result; presume that you have COVID-19 and self-isolate according to current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

    If you are otherwise healthy with mild symptoms and cannot find testing availability, you should presume that you have COVID-19 and you should self-isolate according to current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelinesPlease DO NOT go to the emergency department only for a COVID-19 test.

    Learn more about COVID-19 symptoms and when to seek emergency medical attention.

    Where and how can I book a COVID-19 test?

    UW Medicine offers COVID-19 testing a variety of locations, with options including drive-through and walk-up testing at several sites. Each of our COVID-19 testing sites has a different booking process. View our COVID-19 testing site details at www.uwmedicine.org/coronavirus/testing#testing-locations to find a testing site location near you and how to book an appointment at each location. We offer online appointing at each COVID-19 testing site.

    What if I need to reschedule or cancel my COVID-19 testing appointment?

    For all COVID-19 testing locations, click on the link provided to you in your confirmation email or in the Solv application.

    What type of COVID-19 tests does UW Medicine offer?

    UW Medicine offers nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) or a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19 testing. We do not offer rapid tests.

    For more information on testing, consult the CDC.

    When will I receive my COVID-19 test results?

    The amount of time it takes to receive COVID-19 test results may vary. It may take up to 72 hours to receive your test results, or they may be available sooner.

    For more information on what to do while you wait, read our follow-up instructions at: www.uwmedicine.org/coronavirus/testing/follow-up-instructions.

    Do I need to bring ID and insurance information to my COVID-19 testing appointment?

    Please bring identification, such as a driver's license or passport, with you to the COVID-19 testing site so we can verify your identity. If you have insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid, please also bring this information so that we can complete your registration if needed.

    Will I need to leave my car to get a COVID-19 test?

    Whether you will need to leave your car or not depends on the COVID-19 testing location. If you are at a location that allows or requires you to stay in your car, please do not leave your vehicle. A healthcare provider will take your nose swab while you remain in your car.

    Can someone drive me to the COVID-19 testing site?

    Please drive yourself to the COVID-19 testing site to maintain good physical distancing. However, this is not required. You may still get tested if you're the passenger instead of the driver. Multiple people who need testing may drive together.

    How long is the typical wait at the COVID-19 drive-through testing sites?

    Wait times at COVID-19 testing sites can vary by location.

    When should I visit an urgent care clinic instead of taking a COVID-19 test?

    If you are experiencing any new symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough or shortness of breath but aren't sure if you should get tested, please visit one of our urgent care clinics: uwmedicine.org/services/urgent-care.

    Our UW Medicine providers will evaluate your symptoms, rule out other illnesses and can give the COVID-19 test as needed.

    Can children be seen at the COVID-19 test sites?

    Children can be seen at UW Medicine COVID-19 test sites, but they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    What if I don't want to swab myself or my own child during a COVID-19 test?

    If you are not comfortable doing a COVID-19 test swab on yourself or your child, a healthcare provider will perform the swab for you.

    Can I get a COVID-19 antibody test at UW Medicine?

    UW Medicine offers antibody testing. The antibody test is not the same as a nasal swab test and does not check to see if you have a current COVID-19 infection. People who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should NOT get an antibody test.

    What do I need to know about COVID-19 travel requirements?

    King County has detailed information about travel requirements on their COVID-19 testing page: https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/testing/faq.aspx#travel.

    Go to the King County COVID-19 testing page to learn more about travel requirements.