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New Spokane County mass COVID-19 mass testing site opens Friday

Spokane County

Spokane’s second mass site opens Friday at the Spokane County Fairgrounds and Expo Center.

Spokane Regional Health Officer Dr. Francisco Velazquez said he expect a surge of cases following the Thanksgiving holiday, and urges people to go and get tested if they are symptomatic, or were exposed to someone who is.

He said the tests available at the mass testing sites are lab based-PCR tests, which are more accurate than at-home antigen tests.

“Ideally, you want to get the clinical tests if you can,” he said, “the reason for that is if you’re in that window of 12 or 16 hours, its longer in some individuals. If you do an antigen, it may not be positive, but you may still be infectious.”

Information on how to register for a test at the drive-through site is available on the health district’s website, and people are encouraged, but not required, to register.

Insurance will be asked for, but is also not required and the tests are free.  

People should receive test results in two or three days.

Rebecca White is a 2018 graduate of Edward R Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. She's been a reporter at Spokane Public Radio since February 2021. She got her start interning at her hometown paper The Dayton Chronicle and previously covered county government at The Spokesman-Review.
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