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Free Covid-10 Walk-Up Mobile Testing
September 30, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Pierce County Department of Emergency Management is coordinating with local agencies to offer free COVID-19 testing to our community.
- Open to everyone
- No doctor’s note needed
- No ID required
- Completely self-contained, all supplies and medical staff provided
- Notified withing 24-48 hours of positive results, 5-7 days of negative results
A mobile unit will be in the Immanuel Presbyterian parking lot September 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
COVID-19 Testing FAQs
How much is the test?
The test is free.
Do people have to provide identification or insurance information?
No. We don’t ask for ID. Staff will ask for a phone number to contact people with the test
results. You will receive your results by text. Phone numbers are not used for other purposes.
Who should get tested?
Everyone should get tested, especially:
• People who believe they were exposed to someone who has COVID-19.
• People with COVID-19 symptoms.
• Populations with higher rates of COVID-19:
Individuals exposed to an outbreak in a congregate setting (e.g., long term care facility, shelter, correctional setting, agricultural worker temporary housing, meatpacking plant, etc.).
Alaska Native, American Indian, Black, Hawaiian, Latinx and Pacific Islander.
People who have been in large-group settings.
• All newborns born to parents who are suspected of having or who have tested positive for COVID-19.
• People undergoing procedures that increase the risk of aerosolized particle spread.
• People undergoing invasive surgical procedures (if possible, test within 48 hours of procedure).
• People caring for a member of a vulnerable or at-risk group.
Can unaccompanied minors get a test?
Yes, minors can get a test if they bring a written note from a parent or guardian with permission to test for COVID-19.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
• Fever or chills.
• Shortness of breath or difficulty
• Muscle or body aches.
• New loss of taste or smell.
• Sore throat.
• Stuffy or runny nose.
• Nausea or vomiting.
What type of test is it?
A nasal swab. It is not painful, just uncomfortable for a moment.
How long will results take?
Dispatch Health, the medical provider conducting the tests, typically receives test results within 48 hours.
• They will contact people with positive results as quick as possible and normally within 24 hours of receiving test results.
• People with negative results are normally contacted within 5 to 7 days of receiving test results.
• Results can take longer if there is a backlog at the testing laboratory or with contact tracing staff notifying people of their results. We contact people with positive results sooner than those with negative results.
Who delivers the results?
Dispatch Health, the medical provider who conducts the tests will deliver the results.
If I don’t receive my results after 5-7 days, who do I call?
Call Dispatch Health at (833) 723-0490.
How will you share the test results, and with whom?
Patient privacy is important. Results are shared with the person who takes the test. The Health Department receives any positive results. They only use the information to support case and contact investigation.