Valley Medical Center Testing for COVID-19
What if I don't have symptoms of COVID-19, but need a COVID-19 test?
Those who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 but are concerned they may have been exposed to or may test positive for COVID-19, or need a COVID-19 test for another purpose, must be tested at a community testing site. Valley Medical Center does not offer testing for people without COVID-19 symptoms unless ordered for clearance before a procedure. Please visit a free COVID-19 community testing site.
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.
What if I have symptoms of COVID-19 and need a COVID-19 test?
Patients with severe shortness of breath should go to the Emergency Department or call 9-1-1.
If you have symptoms that could potentially be caused by COVID-19—including fever over 100 degrees, new cough, new shortness of breath, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell, chills with or without shaking, muscle or body aches, new headache, runny nose, nasal or sinus congestion, or gastrointestinal issues such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea—please contact your Valley primary care provider or visit any of our Urgent Care clinic locations.
Patients seen at a Urgent Care for upper respiratory 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..
Primary Care and Urgent Care telehealth appointments are available--learn more here.
Visit any Urgent Care for Upper Respiratory Symptoms
Covington South Urgent Care
North Benson Urgent Care
Maple Valley Urgent Care
Renton Landing Urgent Care
If 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.
Patient Handout--What you need to know about COVID-19 test results and recommended precautions: Printable version