Valley Medical Center Testing for COVID-19

How to get a testing appointment

Patients with severe shortness of breath should go to the Emergency Department or call 9-1-1.

If you have symptoms which indicate a higher suspicion of COVID-19—including fever over 100.5, new cough, new shortness of breath, sore throat, chills with or without shaking, or loss of taste or smell—please contact your Valley primary care provider or go directly to one of our Upper Respiratory Infection (URI) clinics. The URI clinics are the only locations that will be able to provide an in-person evaluation of these symptoms that indicate a higher risk of COVID-19.

If you have other symptoms that could potentially be caused by COVID-19—such as muscle or body aches, new headache, a runny nose not related to allergies, or gastrointestinal issues such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea—please contact your Valley primary care provider or visit nay of our Urgent Care clinic locations. 

COVID-19 MCU TentUpper Respiratory Infection (URI) Clinics

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Patients seen at the URI clinic who have symptoms where COVID-19 is suspected, and other illnesses are ruled out, will have a COVID-19 test collected. Patients evaluated by their primary care provider or at an Urgent Care clinic will be scheduled for testing at our centralized COVID-19 testing tent, the Mobile Care Unit. The Mobile Care Unit is located on Valley Medical Center’s main campus and is by appointment only. Only a healthcare provider can decide if you need a test. Follow up information on how to obtain test results will be provided at the end of the visit..

Why not just give everyone a COVID-19 test first?

While COVID-19 testing is more widely available, there are still not enough test kits available to test everyone. We are not currently testing people without symptoms of illness except under special circumstances at this time. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please call your provider to arrange an evaluation.

Why go to the Upper Respiratory Infection (URI) Clinic?

To quickly rule out those who aren’t infected by COVID-19, but who may have strep, flu or other illness. If a patient's symptoms indicate potential COVID-19 infection, then a COVID-19 test will be collected on site at the URI clinic.

Drive-through Testing at MCU Tent by Referral OnlyIf I am tested for COVID-19, how long will it take to get results?

Valley Medical Center sends test specimens to various locations with results expected within an average of 3 to 5 days. If your result is POSITIVE, you may expect to receive a phone call during regular business hours, Monday – Friday. All results will be available through VMC's online patient portal, MyChart. Don't have an account? Sign up for MyChart here. It's free.

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Community Access Free COVID-19 testing 

Locations on this list provide free COVID-19 testing regardless of immigration or insurance status. They are open to anyone who cannot access a COVID-19 test through their regular healthcare provider. Most sites are non-profit Community Health Centers. Language interpretation services are available at most locations at no cost. For more information please call the King County COVID-19 Call Center (open 7 days a week, 8 AM – 7 PM), at 206-477-3977.

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We appreciate your patience

We expect many, many patients, so please be patient with us if lines are long. Our providers are doing everything possible to meet expected community needs, keeping keep our patients and caregivers as safe as possible.