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 COVID-19 symptoms—which include fever over 100.4, new cough, new shortness of breath, sore throat, chills with or without shaking, muscle or body aches, new headache, unusual fatigue, loss of taste or smell, gastrointestinal issues such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, or a runny nose not related to allergies—please contact your Valley primary care provider or go directly to one of our Upper Respiratory Evaluation Unit. 

COVID-19 MCU TentUpper Respiratory Evaluation Unit

If other illnesses are ruled out and COVID-19 is still suspected, patients will be scheduled for evaluation at our centralized COVID-19 testing tent, the Mobile Care Unit, at Valley Medical Center’s main campus. 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 Evaluation Unit?

To quickly rule out those who aren’t infected by COVID-19, but who may have strep, flu or other illness. If the tests for all other respiratory illnesses are negative, then a patient may qualify for COVID-19 testing and will be scheduled for a test by their provider.

If I am tested for COVID-19, how long will it take to get results?

Valley Medical Center is currently sending test specimens to various locations with results expected between an average of 3 to 5 days. You will receive a phone call ONLY if your result is POSITIVE. All results will be available through MyChart. Not signed up for MyChart yet? Sign up here

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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.