The Verdant Health Commission and Medical Teams International will partner with local organizations to host free, drive-thru, non-invasive COVID-19 testing events on five dates during the month of December. The next events take place:
- Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Mountlake Terrace High, 21801 44th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace (click to view more details, including a map, of the MTHS testing event)
- Saturday, Dec. 5 from 1-5 p.m. at Community Life Center, 19820 Scriber Lake Road, Lynnwood (click to view more details, including a map)
- Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Edmonds-Woodway High School, 7600 212th St. SW, Edmonds (host site previously announced as Edmonds Food Bank, but it has been moved to improve site access). Please click to view more details, including a map of the testing site.
- Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Lynnwood High School, 18218 North Road, Bothell (previously announced as the Lynnwood Food Bank, but due to high turnouts it will be relocated.) Please view more details and a map of the testing site.
- Wednesday, Dec. 16 from 1-7 p.m. at Mountlake Terrace High School, 21801 44th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace (previously announced as the Lynnwood Food Bank, but due to high turnouts it will be relocated.) Please view the site map and details.
Verdant and Medical Teams have increased testing capacity at these events by adding staffing to reduce wait times. Typically, 250-300 people are tested per event. However, capacity for each testing event will vary based on location restrictions and staffing. Signage will be posted to indicate wait times for participants.
Increased volunteers will also help improve the flow of vehicles and communication during the events. Community members interested in volunteering should complete the Medical Teams volunteer application.
“We appreciate the community’s interest in our free COVID testing events and are committed to increasing capacity for testing at future events,” Verdant Superintendent Lisa Edwards said. “We would like to serve as many as possible. The process of completing the patient information is important for accurate testing, and we appreciate your patience and understanding.”
Reminders Before Testing
These events are intended to reduce barriers to testing, including symptom checks, insurance requirements, and access for people with transportation challenges.
- It is possible to have COVID-19 and not be symptomatic, which could result in unintentionally spreading the virus to others, so these events do not require symptom checks.
- This event is free to everyone, regardless of insurance coverage. If you have insurance, please bring your insurance card, as providing that information will preserve grant funds to cover the costs for those without insurance.
- While this is a drive-thru event, walk-ups will be served to support people traveling by bus or foot.
What to Expect During Testing
Medical Teams staff will register each person from their vehicle. For infection control purposes, clients will not touch the registration paperwork. Please bring your ID and health insurance cards if you have insurance.
Tests are sent to the University of Washington and results can easily be accessed online with a code that is provided at the testing site. Test results are available two to five days after the test, however results may be available in as soon as 24-48 hours.
The testing method used is anterior nasal swabbing, resulting in less discomfort than other methods. About 1 cm of the swab is inserted into one nostril at a time and rotated for about 10 seconds. The test is safe for anyone age 2 and older.
To learn more about these events, contact Jennifer Piplic, director of marketing and communication at Verdant: firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-582-8600.