Where to get a COVID-19 test in Seattle and around the Sound

There are locations throughout King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties where you can get quick -- and free -- testing for COVID-19. If I survived it, you can too.

August 28, 2020
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If you haven't gotten tested for COVID-19 and you'd like to, you have options -- in fact, more options than ever.

When I got the test back in June, the City of Seattle had just opened two free drive-through testing sites at former auto emissions testing facilities, in North Seattle and in the Sodo neighborhood. Since then, they added a third -- walk-up -- site in the Rainier Beach neighborhood, and they just opened another walk-up site at Chief Sealth High School in West Seattle's Westwood neighborhood, which is great news, since West Seattle is a little bit cut off from the rest of the world right now.

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So Seattle proper is pretty well covered, but no matter where you are around the Sound, you have testing options.

In fact, here's an update since I posted this: They've just added two testing sites in south King County that should speed things up for a lot of people. One's in Auburn at 2701 C Street SW, and it should be open now. The other's in Renton at 805 SW 10th Avenue, and that's supposed to open on Tuesday, September 8.

Here's a massive PDF that has links to testing sites all over the state, by county -- from San Juan County to Yakima County.

Some are free, some aren't. Some are drive-through, some are walk-up. Some are run by county or city health departments, some are run by local hospitals or clinics. Most of them require appointments, which in most cases are easy to make online.

Just to put your mind at ease, here's how it went for me when I got tested by a friendly and gentle Seattle firefighter:

As I said back then, if a big baby like me can do it, you can too.

I know there's a heated public conversation going on right now about who needs testing and who doesn't.  I'm 100 percent in favor of leaving politics out of the conversation. If you feel that testing would give you peace of mind, you should get tested. I did, and I did.

Of course, it's just a snapshot of a moment in time, and you still need to mask up and maintain social distance and sanitize those hands to stay safe, but it's good to know where you stand right now, especially if you feel as if you've been in a situation where you might have been exposed to the virus.

Here's the story on the Seattle test sites.

Here's the official State of Washington COVID testing FAQ.

And here's that big list of links to test sites all around Washington