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By Jana Hill
Mill Creek Beacon Editor 

COVID testing sites impacted by wildfire air quality

 

Last updated 10/2/2020 at 5:27pm

Photo courtesy of Snohomish County Health District.

Two health care officials ready for COVID testing at an outdoor testing site at Everett Memorial Stadium, 3900 Broadway in Everett. The site was closed Sept. 14 to Sept. 17 due to poor air quality from wildfire smoke.

Testing for COVID-19 was disrupted by the air quality issues in Snohomish County, but other options are available for those who require a test.

Anyone with symptoms or close contact with someone who has been infected with COVID-19 can check with their local provider for testing options. Most agencies during the pandemic are asking that patients call in advance, to assure that testing is appropriate and avoid contact with others that could spread the virus.

Some testing resources are below:

* Western Washington Medical Group: https://www.wwmedgroup.com

* Everett Clinic: https://bit.ly/3iOvI0o

* Swedish has an online assessment as well as other resources: https://bit.ly/3ccaYwX

The Snohomish County Health District closed its outdoor testing facility during wildfires, due to air-quality issues. For scheduled testing provided by the Snohomish County Health District, check the district's website for updates on when outdoor drive-through testing restarts: https://bit.ly/3hDMtdi

Those with underlying illness should contact their provider if any symptoms occur such as fever, shortness of breath and loss of taste and/or smell. Individualized medical advice could prevent serious illness, because well-managed illness reduces risk, medical experts say. Underlying illnesses that increase the chances of serious illness include lung and heart disease, diabetes, compromised immune system, and advanced age of 60 or older.

 

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