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DOH asks public to avoid pre-testing for Thanksgiving

COVID-19 tests needed for other uses


Last updated 11/25/2020 at 10:33am

The Department of Health strongly urges everyone to limit their holiday celebrations to only members of their immediate households. The agency also encourages anyone with symptoms or close contact with someone who is infected (or suspected to be infected) with COVID-19 to get tested now. "We discourage others without symptoms from seeking tests," a DOH press release states.

Demand for COVID-19 testing has increased across the state of Washington as disease transmission continues to rise. To ensure testing access for Washingtonians with COVID-like symptoms or those who have had close contacts, the agency is defying advice spread by some to test in advance of a gathering. Instead, DOH asks the general public to not seek screening tests to attend Thanksgiving celebrations.


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