Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 -- even those who are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 in the past -- should be tested for COVID-19. Testing can be done at a local medical office or testing site or by using an at-home rapid antigen test.
People who were in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 should get tested 5 days after exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms.
Here is guidance for people who have or think they have COVID-19:
COVID-19 testing locations
Most health care facilities now offer COVID-19 testing. People who are unable to access testing through their regular health care provider, those who do not have a health care provider or those who are uninsured can contact the following facilities to request testing:
- Delta Direct Care, 2370 E Third Loop, Suite 203, Vancouver. Call to schedule a drive-thru testing appointment. 360.999.5138. Cost for nonmembers is $100 for antigen test (rapid test), $160 for molecular test.
- Legacy GoHealth. Two locations. Must schedule visit before going into the clinic. Cost for uninsured is $195 for virtual visit and test; $245 for in-person visit and test.
- Hazel Dell: 8013 NE Sixth Ave., Vancouver. 360.787.4151.
- Cascade Park: 305 SE Chkalov Drive, Suite 170, Vancouver. 360.787.4135.
- Salmon Creek: 13009 NE Highway 99. Suite 100 Vancouver. 360.667.5840
- Rite Aid, 2800 NE 162nd Ave., Vancouver. Register online to schedule an appointment. Drive-thru testing. No cost, regardless of health insurance coverage.
- Walgreens. Various Walgreens locations with drive-thru pharmacies. Visit the Walgreens website to find locations and register for an appointment. No cost, regardless of health insurance coverage.
Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should call their health care provider or one of the above facilities in advance so the facility can take steps to prevent exposing others.
Visit the Department of Health website for additional testing site options.
How to get free at-home tests
People can now order free at-home COVID-19 tests through a Washington state program at www.sayyescovidhometest.org (Washington residents only)
The program provides free rapid antigen tests. Ordering is easy and requires only a name and address. Test kits are delivered to the home at no cost.
The Washington State Department of Health program offers two test kits (4-5 tests per kit) per household per month.
The www.COVIDtests.gov website also has information about insurance reimbursement for at-home tests. Health insurance plans will reimburse the cost of eight at-home tests per month for every person on the plan.
Report positive results
People who test positive for COVID-19 with an at-home test can report test results through the Say Yes! COVID Test Digital Assistant, even if those testing kits were not obtained through the Say Yes! COVID Test (SYCT) program.
Using an at-home test?
Over-the-counter COVID-19 tests are a convenient way for people to test themselves for current COVID-19 infection at home. Before using an at-home test, here are some things to know:
- Over-the-counter (or at-home) tests are usually antigen tests.
- Many over-the-counter tests call for repeated testing (testing yourself a couple of times over 2-3 days). Be sure to follow the instructions on repeat testing to improve accuracy.
- Antigen test results usually come in quickly (most rapid tests are antigen tests).
- Antigen tests are most accurate for people with symptoms, but they can still produce false negative or false positive results.
- People who have symptoms but get a negative test result from an antigen test (whether an at-home test or at a testing site), should get a molecular test (like PCR) to confirm they don’t have COVID-19.
Learn more about at-home tests on the CDC website.