COVID-19 testing capacity increasing in Washington

SPOKANE, Wash.–We know testing holds the keys to putting COVID-19 in our rear-view mirror, but this virus has been spreading for months now, and many people can be infected without feeling symptoms.

So, it’s important to understand when you should take a test.

“If you think you’re sick, please get tested,” Governor Jay Inslee said. “Even if people are mildly symptomatic.”

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Consistent fever, chills, headaches, and even loss of taste or smell can all be signs you’re catching COVID-19.

If you have any of those symptoms, you should get tested.

You should also get tested if you’ve been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

There are several different tests out there.

One is an active infection test, so if you feel sick right now with covid-like symptoms, you’ll take that nasal swab test.

Providence Health also has a rapid-test which can tell you if you have COVID-19 within 15 minutes.

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Additional Providence sites can be found here.

There are also antibody tests available at Indigo Urgent Care, Incyte Diagnostics and Quest Diagnostics in Spokane.

If you have not felt any symptoms for at least 10 days, then you can take that test to see if your immune to catching the virus again.

A doctor must refer you.

MultiCare Test Sites: 

The free COVID-19 testing at the Spokane County Fairgrounds is closing on Tuesday, June 9. CHAS health will be taking over at all of its locations by testing anyone who can’t afford a test.

Nearly six percent of people who get tested for COVID-19 in Spokane County are testing positive.

The goal is for that to dip below two percent, which can only happen as more testing becomes available.