Frequently asked questions
Will I need to leave my car?
When you go through drive-through testing, 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 testing site?
If possible, please drive yourself 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.
Do I need to bring ID?
Yes, please bring identification, such as a driver's license or passport so we can verify your identity. You do not need to show your insurance card or register your vehicle.
How long is the typical wait at the drive-through?
Wait times vary by location.
When will I receive my test results?
Turnaround time for COVID-19 testing varies; it may take up to 24 to 48 hours to receive your test results, although results may be available sooner.
For those who get tested at UW Medical Center -- Northwest or Harborview Medical Center, if you sign up for a MyChart account, you can get your test results there.
For more information on what to do while you wait, read our follow-up instructions.
When should someone visit an urgent care clinic?
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.
Our UW Medicine providers will evaluate your symptoms, rule out other illnesses and can give the COVID-19 test as needed.
Can I get a COVID-19 antibody test at UW Medicine?
Yes, 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.
Can children be seen at the test sites?
Yes, children can be seen at the sites, but they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
What if I don't want to swab myself or my own child?
If you are not comfortable doing a swab on yourself or your child, a healthcare provider will perform the swab for you.
What do I need to know about travel requirements?
King County has detailed information about travel requirements on its website.