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COVID-19 drive-through testing information

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Drive-Thru Testing for First Responders, Healthcare Workers.

We conducted drive-thru tests at the Tacoma Dome on March 21-25. We don't have additional tests available at this time. Contact your healthcare provider for testing options if you have symptoms.

Test results 

You can view the results of the drive-thru testing site on this infographic. We are waiting to receive 17 more test results. Of the 16 positive cases, 10 are Pierce County residents. 

COVID19_Mass Testing Data w results for PPT_Infographic_2020-03-31

*Percents represent how many people responded yes to each question.

People at higher risk for COVID-19 and those who provide critical services for our community can get tested for the disease at a special testing site in Tacoma beginning Saturday. The testing aims to identify the disease in the community, while allowing important work to safely continue.

“We want to continue to ensure we do what we can to slow the disease spread in our community,” Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier said. “We are pleased to work with the City of Tacoma, the Health Department, and our state and federal partners to make more testing available for our residents.”

Testing is intended for people who have symptoms—fever, cough and shortness of breath—and:

  • Work in healthcare.
  • Work in public safety jobs like law enforcement, firefighter, EMS or pharmacist.
  • Work in critical infrastructure.
    • Such as  grocery stores, homeless shelters, restaurants, gas stations, child care workers and public utilities.
  • Are in a high-risk group.
    • Over 60, underlying conditions, pregnant.

“Healthcare workers, first responders and people who provide critical infrastructure are on the frontlines of helping residents in need during this public health emergency,” said Jessica Gehle, incident commander for the Health Department’s COVID-19 response. “It’s vital we prioritize this testing for them to ensure they are able to protect the health of our communities.”

“Our community’s health and safety is our top priority,” Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards said. “We are taking every measure possible to support additional testing for our community while ensuring safety for the community and staff. Ensuring that our first responders and those on the frontlines of service delivery to our community have access to COVID-19 testing is paramount to achieving our top priority.”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency provided 8,000 test kits to Washington. A limited number will be available for the five-day event. More options for COVID-19 testing continue to become available.

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  • Where is the testing site?
  • When will you offer testing?
  • Do I need an appointment?
  • Do I walk up or stay in my car at the testing site?
  • When and how will I receive results?
  • Should I self-quarantine while I wait for my results?
  • Is testing only available for those showing symptoms?
  • Who can receive these tests?
  • How many tests will you conduct each day?
  • What will happen if I test positive for COVID-19?
  • Will you also test for influenza A, B, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)?
  • Is there a restroom or porta-potty at the testing site?
  • I came to the testing site with my family/spouse and my results were positive for COVID-19. What should my family/spouse do?
  • Can families of qualified people get tested?
  • Have we received more tests from FEMA beyond the original 2,400?
  • How should I get to the testing site?
  • I don’t have internet access. How else can I complete the online questionnaire?
  • I missed my results call or don’t know if they called me. Will someone else contact me?
  • I want to receive my results electronically. How do I sign-up for that?
  • The questionnaire said I’m not eligible for testing. How can I receive testing?
  • They couldn’t verify my home address during my result call. What should I do?
  • What can I expect at the testing site?
  • What if I don't have a car?
  • What if I’m a ride share driver?
  • What should I do while I wait for my test results?
  • What will you do with the additional tests you received from FEMA?
  • Who are critical infrastructure employees? I think I’m critical, but not listed.
  • Why do you need my government issued ID?
  • Will I receive a letter or email with my test results?