Where to get a free 24-48 hour Covid test in Seattle
If you live in, work in, or visit Seattle, you’re eligible to get free testing from the City of Seattle. Due to a partnership with the county and the University of Washington, you can get tested at one of two drive in locations, by appointment, for free.
How to Register
According to the city of Seattle, anyone can get registered to get tested. From the city’s website:
If you attended large gatherings, you MAY have been exposed. You are strongly urged to get tested for COVID-19 if you develop ANY symptoms. Taking proactive steps to protect your health, such as wearing a mask, avoiding physical contact, and regularly washing your hands, can cut down on your risks of contracting the virus, even in large gatherings.
COVID-19 symptoms include:
- fever or chills
- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- muscle or body aches
- new loss of taste or smell
- sore throat
- congestion or runny nose
- nausea or vomiting
In order to get tested, you need only a photo ID with your birthday. It does not matter what country you’re a citizen or resident of, anyone in the county is eligible to get tested. If you have insurance, bring your card. The insurance company will bill UW Medicine, and you don’t get a bill. You do NOT need insurance to schedule a test.
Where are the tests?
The city of Seattle has two old vehicle emission locations that they don’t use anymore, so what better location to do drive through testing than somewhere that’s literally set up for a drive through?
There one location up north on Aurora Ave (12040 Aurora Ave N, Seattle WA 98133) and another in Sodo (3820 6th Ave South, Seattle WA 98108). Both locations are open Monday-Saturday from 930-530pm.
How fast are the results?
Once you take the test, you’ll get a QR code. Scan the QR code and it’ll direct you straight to the UW website. Results form the University of Washington say that results will typically be available in 24-48 hours, but in some cases, it might even be faster.
Look – we all need to get tested for Covid-19. It’s not only the smart thing to do, but it’s responsible as well. Just in the past couple of days, a famous restaurant here on Alki Beach in Seattle was shut down because of a coronavirus outbreak. They weren’t following the rules, and sure enough, this is the shit that happens when you think you’re invincible. It’s great that you can get tested, even if you don’t live in Seattle!
Sign up and get tested, y’all!