Spokane Valley COVID-19 testing site to permanently close on September 9

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SPOKANE, Wash. — The COVID-19 testing site in the parking lot of the Ashley HomeStore Outlet in Spokane Valley will permanently close on September 9.

The testing site was run by Discovery Health MD, which was notified earlier this month that the site will no longer be funded starting Friday.

The Spokane Valley testing site provided service to more than 14,000 people with a record day of 645 tests at the location.

“Since opening our pig barn doors at the Spokane County Fairgrounds, a location known for its holiday carols on loop and a driveway turned ice rink in the winter – the team has operated continually,” said Program Manager Ben Weaver. “Community testing is unique in that what is bad for business and job security is good for the health of our communities, and this closure means that COVID-19 is being addressed well enough in Spokane Valley that the DOH can shift its focus back to other pressing public health concerns.” 

“We are thankful to have the support of Discovery Health MD, Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Spokane Falls Community College to help our community with much-needed COVID-19 testing,” said Dr. Francisco Velázquez, health officer for SRHD. “These sites have given our community members easy access to testing and timely results which is vital to preventing further spread of the virus.” 

The COVID-19 testing site at Spokane Falls Community College will remain open. You can find out more information on local COVID-19 testing locations here.

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