The City of Edmonds, Medical Teams International, and Verdant are partnering to provide free, non-invasive COVID-19 testing Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Edmonds Woodway High School South parking lot (enter off of 76th Ave. W). This is a drive-thru event, but walk-ups will not be turned away. All are welcome, and no pre-registration is needed.
“The goal is to test as many people in the community as possible,” said Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson. “You may not be showing symptoms, but could still spread the virus. Getting tested protects your loved ones.” The City encourages residents to put the family in the car and get everyone tested.
How it works
Medical Teams International staff will register each person as they drive up. Clients will not touch the registration paper for infection control purposes. Individuals should bring ID and insurance cards if they have insurance. Insurance payments help offset the cost for those who can’t pay.
No clients will be turned away. The testing is free, no exceptions. Grant funding covers the cost of the tests, though most insurance companies cover the cost of the test with no expense to the client.
Tests are sent to the University of Washington and results can easily be accessed online with a code that is provided at the Edmonds testing site. Test results are available 2-5 days after the test, however results may be available in 24-48 hours.
The testing method used is anterior nasal swabbing and is much less invasive than other methods used. 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 children age 2 and older and adults.