3:47 PM: The city’s been assuring for a while that a brand-new COVID-19 screening website was in the works for West Seattle, and the place has actually just been announced: The lot at Southwest Athletic Complex, 2801 SW Thistle (behind SW Pool/Teen Life Center). Testing will be available there five days a week. Mayor Jenny Durkan is making the announcement in Rainier Beach this afternoon, while visiting among the city’s 3 existing websites. We talked with her by phone while she was on the method to that occasion; she says, “We’re going to need to deal with COVID at least another year or two,” which indicates generously offered screening will be even more important. Today, she states, the city’s three screening websites are accounting for about 15 percent of the testing done statewide– administering more than 128,000 tests considering that early June. More information from the statement:
Testing is free at the City of Seattle sites, and customers are not billed no matter medical insurance status. For those with insurance coverage, UW Medication will handle the billing of Medicaid, Medicare, or people’ private insurance. Under Washington state law, insurer can not charge co-pays for COVID-19 screening. For uninsured customers, UW Medicine will seek compensation directly from the federal, Households Very first Coronavirus Action Act Relief Fund for the expense of the test. Clients can, and should, register online to keep wait times to 10 minutes or less. Registration for the West Seattle area will be readily available on Wednesday, August 26, and testing will begin Friday, August 28. Hours across all websites are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Individuals can sign up to be evaluated five days of the week. Translation services are offered at all Citywide testing sites and can be requested throughout the registration procedure. Individuals should initially seek to access testing through their primary care doctor.
This testing will be available to anybody, the mayor stressed; visits are chosen– a West Seattle link will appear quickly on this web page– and they’re dealing with same-day alternatives for people with signs.
5:22 PM: Here’s the complete statement. (Keep in mind that although the city’s heading states this is at Chief Sealth, we confirmed that it’s throughout the street at SWAC, “behind the swimming pool.”)