High demand for COVID-19 testing causes long lines at Spokane Falls Community College site

SPOKANE, Wash.– The mass COVID-19 testing site at Spokane Falls Community College is starting off 2022 busy.

On Monday the line of drivers waiting to get tested was so long it wrapped around the parking lot. Some people in line said they waited for more than an hour for their test. The Spokane Regional Health District said the testing site hit its capacity.

The Spokane Regional Health District said people looking to get tested need to have an appointment. Health leaders said they hope to bring back drive-up testing with no-appointment necessary soon. However, the high demand for tests is making it hard.

“We’re working really hard in Spokane, and in the state and across the country to try and increase testing capacity and provide a variety of resources,” Spokane Regional Health District registered nurse Kira Lewis said.

Lewis said if you’re symptomatic you should quarantine and get a test as quickly as possible. If you’ve been exposed be cautious of who you’re around so that you don’t further the spread of the virus. For unvaccinated individuals or those that are more than six months from their second mRNA dose or more than two months after the J&J vaccine and not yet boosted, SRHD recommends you quarantine for five days, and get a five days after your exposure. They also recommend strict mask use for another five days.

SRHD says vaccinated individuals who have received their booster do not need to quarantine but should wear a mask for 10 days after exposure and test on day five

Rosa Soderberg waited in line for about an hour and 45 minutes to get tested. She needs to show a negative PCR test ahead of a procedure at Holy Family.

“I know it’ll come back negative, and everything since I’ve had the three, and the only place I go to is the grocery store, and I always have my mask,” she said.

You can make an appointment for a test at Spokane Falls Community College here.

People can also get tests at their primary care doctor, urgent care centers and at pharmacies. A list can be found online. 

Anyone in Spokane County with questions about testing can call the Department of Health hotline at 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

This article previously stated to get a test on the third day following an exposure, however it was updated due to the inaccuracy.

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