drive-through Covid testing

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A second mass COVID testing site is still in the works for eastern Spokane County. The site is intended to complement one that opened this week at Spokane Falls Community College. The second site was to be located at Spokane Community College, east of downtown. But Spokane Regional Health District health officer Dr. Francisco Velazquez said Wednesday his department and private contractor Discovery Health are now looking at sites in Spokane Valley.

Courtesy of Community Colleges of Spokane

The state of Washington plans to open two community Covid testing sites in Spokane, but not immediately.
Spokane Interim Health Officer Francisco Velazquez says a private company called Discovery Health, based in the Puget Sound area, will operate them. The new drive-through venues will be located at Spokane and Spokane Falls Community Colleges.

Spokane Looks To State For Covid Testing Help

Sep 1, 2021
Courtesy of CHAS Health

Spokane’s health district is asking the state Department of Health for help in re-establishing a community-based Covid testing site here.

The county has had high case numbers over the last several weeks. Interim Health Officer Francisco Velazquez says there’s no sign yet that trend is changing. The case surge has led to an increased demand for testing.

Spokane Schools To Begin Covid Testing On Monday

Jan 10, 2021
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Covid testing will begin today [Monday] in Spokane’s public schools.

The district hopes eventually to institute regular surveillance testing for all students and staff members.

“Even if they’re not symptomatic, they don’t know of any exposures, they can test every week or every two weeks on a regular schedule. It’s just a way to pick out people, they test positive, even though they didn’t know they had it," said Becky Doughty, the district's director of health services.

Courtesy of CHAS

The provider that has done much of the Covid testing in the Spokane area is consolidating its work at a new-through clinic at the Spokane Arena.

Kelley Charvet from Community Health Association of Spokane, or CHAS, says the demand for testing at the organization’s three sites has markedly increased.