County’s testing site reopens today with expanded criteria

County’s testing site reopens today with expanded criteria

Kitsap’s drive-up coronavirus testing site reopens today at the Washington National Guard Armory and more residents are now eligible for testing.

The test site, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today (April 14) through Friday, April 17. The site closed over the weekend to allow for a transition of operation from federal to local management. Last week, under stricter testing criteria, 108 residents were tested.

Testing is now open to the following groups of people who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (which is typically a fever of 99.6 degrees or higher, cough or sore throat and shortness of breath:

  • Those who work in any setting where health care services are delivered, including hospitals, correctional facilities, mental and behavioral health clinics, long-term care facilities, and similar institutions;
  • Work in public safety occupations, including the Department of Defense, emergency management and 911 as well as law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians;
  • Live or work in institutional or communal settings, like long-term care facilities, corrections facilities, homeless shelters and similar sites;
  • Work in critical infrastructure like grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, gas stations, public utilities, or in other businesses that remain open.

Testing also remains available to those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms who are over 60 years of age, have underlying medical conditions, or are pregnant.

To qualify, you must still complete an online registration, which includes a medical screening. If you qualify, you will receive a registration number and an appointment date and time. If you do not have Internet access, call Kitsap Public Health District at 360-728-2235.

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