Public Health – Seattle & King County announced this week that it has expanded its COVID-19 testing resources in south King County, where communities have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
Three new FREE testing sites will provide ongoing access to testing in south Seattle and south King County:
- Sea Mar Community Health Centers at South Park (8720 14th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108)
- HealthPoint Auburn (123 Auburn Ave, Auburn, WA 98002)
- UW Mobile Clinic at Auburn City Adventist Church (402 29th St. SE Auburn, WA 98002)
This brings the total number of free testing sites in south Seattle and south King County to 10, with 18 total free testing sites overall in King County.
In addition, this Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14, free drive-through COVID-19 testing and essential supplies (e.g. diapers, toiletries) will be available in Renton and Federal Way. King County is partnering with local community organizations and Ms. Tina Knowles Lawson’s #IDIDMYPART campaign and Beyoncé’s BeyGood for this launch event.
Public Health – Seattle & King County urges anyone with even mild COVID-19 symptoms, or who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, to contact a healthcare provider or testing site to discuss testing. If you do not have symptoms or have not been in contact with someone with COVID-19, Public Health is not recommending testing at this time.
Most people should access testing through their regular health care provider. However, if you are unable to access testing through your health care provider, please seek testing at one of the free sites. Language interpretation services are available.
“We’ve always known that Black and brown communities face barriers to quality healthcare compared to white communities,” said Hamdi Mohamed, King County Policy Advisor for the Executive Office of Equity and Social Justice. “We see it in high maternal mortality rates for Black women, we see it in disproportionately high populations of uninsured people in communities of color, and we see it now in the COVID-19 crisis, as people of color are being affected at a significantly higher rate than that of whites. At the County, we are partnering with Ms. Tina Knowles Lawson, BeyGood and local organizations like the Somali Health Board, to directly address the disparities we are witnessing and break down barriers to testing.”
- Videos in multiple languages promoting the weekend testing events.
- Visit Public Health’s testing webpage for more information about getting tested, including a list of free test sites.
- For more information about this weekend’s #IDIDMYPART and BeyGood initiative testing drive and supply distribution, visit the event website.