SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. — Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) announced Wednesday morning they will be opening two community COVID-19 testing sites in Spokane starting Thursday.
During a Wednesday meeting, SRHD said two testing sites will be opening this week. One will be located at the Mead School District Campus and the other will be at Denny Murphy's downtown CHAS Clinic.
The testing sites will be run by Curative, a testing organization, with joint efforts from SRHD, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), and other community partners.
A drive-up and a walk-in site at the Mead School District's Union Stadium. located at 12509 N. Market St., will be opening on Thursday, Jan, 27. The site will be open Wednesday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are encouraged but not required, and people can schedule an appointment online with Curative or on-site.
You will receive your COVID-19 RT-PCR test results by email as soon as they are ready. If you visited a testing location with text message results enabled and you chose that option, your results will be texted to you. For more information contact Curative at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 888.702.9042.
The second testing site, a walk-up site, will open Friday, Jan. 28 in the Denny Murphy CHAS clinic parking lot located at 1001 W. Second Ave. Spokane. The parking testing site will be opening Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The site will accept walk-ins and appointments are encouraged but not required. To schedule an appointment visit the online with Curative or on-site.
During the meeting, SRHD also said they are planning to add additional COVID-19 testing sites through the community to offer additional sites.
Discovery Health, which operates community testing sites at the Spokane Fairgrounds and Spokane Community College, said it is working hard to expand its service days.
Following the opening of the DOH online COVID-19 test ordering portal on Friday, all 650,000 tests had been ordered. Washington residents should receive their free at-home antigen tests very soon, and people who purchased their COVID-19 test kits through a pharmacy can apply for reimbursement.
The federal program is also offering free at-home antigen tests which are available to order here.
SRHD said the main reason for the shortage of at-home COVID-19 tests in Spokane was due to not enough antigen tests being manufactured to meet the demand, the workforce impacted by COVID, the lack of lab capacity, and the weather conditions that impacted shipping.