Hours announced for low-barrier, drive-through Covid-19 testing site

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Drive-through testing at the new low-barrier Covid-19 testing site in Bellingham will go from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, July 10 and 11.

Anyone can get tested for free and testing does not require insurance, an appointment or a referral from a healthcare provider. The health department asks that those with an insurance card bring it, as the test will be covered by insurance.

The health department also wants people to bring a driver’s license, state ID card or other identification, though people can still be tested without an ID. Personal information is used only for the purpose of communicating with people about their results, the health department said in a press release.

To be tested, enter the Civic Field Stadium parking lot, at 1445 Puget Street, from Puget Street via Fraser Street. You will be instructed where to drive once you enter the testing site. Don’t exit your vehicle and follow instructions at the site to ensure the safety of workers, volunteers and others seeking testing. Please be prepared to wait in line. The site doesn’t have public restrooms.

Individuals will get results within 24-72 hours, with those who test positive getting priority, according to the press release.

The testing site is a partnership between the county health department and Whatcom Unified Command, a multi-government agency assembled in response to the pandemic.

The health department and unified command haven’t announced further testing dates, but the organizations plan to assess the process over those two days and make plan for ongoing testing.

More information is available at whatcomcounty.us/covidtesting.

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