City of Bainbridge Island COVID-19 Testing Site
**Nov. 30 COVID-19 test site update**
As of Nov. 25, the City's site has tested 357 people and there were seven positive test results (less than 2% positivity rate).
**Nov. 25 test site update**
The City test site is now only allowing appointments to be booked up to two weeks in advance. This is to help limit people booking solely for travel and to allow for people who need to be tested because they are symptomatic or a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
The test site, which operates 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, started with 24 appointments and has now increased to 44 appointments per day.
As of Nov. 24, the site has tested 317 people since opening, and there were four positive test results. The test results collected Nov. 23 are still pending. Due to a significant increase of COVID-19 testing across the state, the University of Washington lab results are delayed. People who receive a test should now expect results in 48 to 72 hours.
The City testing site should not be used for pre-travel clearance and is not an approved site for travel to Hawaii.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please get tested through your primary care physician or urgent care. A list of medical clinics and pharmacies in Kitsap County offering COVID-19 testing can be found here.
We are always assessing our operations and will post an update if other changes are made.
Email COVIDtest@bainbridgewa.gov with questions regarding the testing site.
About the testing site
The City of Bainbridge Island, in partnership with the University of Washington Medicine and volunteers from Bainbridge Prepares and Rotary Club, began a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site Nov. 4 at Town Square to support public health goals and the reopening of schools and businesses in our community. Testing is available regardless of health insurance status. You must register online for an appointment. The test being used is the nasal self-swab PCR test, and test results are expected 24 to 48 hours from the University of Washington Medicine Lab. This test shows if a person has an active coronavirus infection - it does not check for antibodies to determine if you previously had COVID-19. Arrangements can be made for those without access to a car.
Who can get tested for free?
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and/or you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days, you can be tested for free. You can also be tested for COVID-19 if you need to show proof of a negative test to return to work or recently traveled to areas with a high prevalence of COVID-19.
If you attended large gatherings, you MAY have been exposed. You are strongly urged to get tested for COVID-19 if you develop ANY symptoms. Taking proactive steps to protect your health (such as wearing a mask, avoiding physical contact, and regularly washing your hands) can cut down on your risks of contracting the virus, even in large gatherings.
COVID-19 symptoms include:
- fever or chills
- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- muscle or body aches
- new loss of taste or smell
- sore throat
- congestion or runny nose
- nausea or vomiting
What you'll need to get free testing:
- A photo ID with your date of birth. Testing is available regardless of your citizenship/immigration status.
- Insurance card (if you have insurance). If you have insurance, Medicare or Medicaid you must provide this information and UW Medicine will bill your insurance carrier. You will not be charged for the test. You do not need to have insurance or a doctor's note to schedule a test. If you do not have insurance, then the cost of the test will be covered by a federal program.
- How to register
- The registration form is available at https://www.solvhealth.com/book-online/pnjkXp
- If multiple people from the same household need to get tested, please schedule back to back appointments. The number of people per vehicle who can get tested is limited to 2.
- What to expect from the testing sign-up forms
- Forms are in English only.
- You will need to choose an appointment time.
- You will be asked to enter insurance information (if you have insurance).
- You do not need to create an account.
- What to do after you schedule a test
- You will receive multiple confirmation texts from Solv. Open the link in these texts to finish signing up for your test.
- If you already entered your insurance information when you scheduled your test, you do not need to enter it again. Your form will be blank to keep your information secure.
- Visit the testing site
- After registration, you will be able to drive or walk to the testing site at your scheduled time.
- Enter the testing site from Madison Avenue N
- The process will take about 15 minutes. Wear your face covering when visiting the site.
- The test is a nasal self-swab PCR test that will show if a person has an active coronavirus infection (provides a positive or negative result only).
- Watch this video for an example of what to expect once you arrive: https://youtu.be/cJAU3d2prFY
- If you do not have access to a car, walk up (wearing a mask) to the check in-tent at Town Square where you will be greeted by a registration technician. Once you've checked in, then walk to the testing tent. Inside the tent, there will be a table and plexiglass set up.
- Get your results (results are expected in 24 to 48 hours)
- After the test, remember to save the QR code that is given to you at the test site. Here's an example of the QR code:
Testing made possible in partnership with:
- Bainbridge Prepares
- Bainbridge Island Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
- Bainbridge Island Emergency Medical Responders (BIEMR)
- Bainbridge Island Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
- Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island
- University of Washington Medicine Virology
For a list of medical clinics and pharmacies in Kitsap County offering COVID-19 testing, click here.
Email COVIDtest@bainbridgewa.gov with any questions regarding the testing site.
- When is the testing site open?
- Who should get tested?
- Do I need to make an appointment?
- How much does testing cost?
- What type of test is being offered?
- How long will it take for the results to be available?
- How do I get tested if I do not have a vehicle?
- How do I change or cancel my appointment?
- What if I lose my QR code?
- Where else in Kitsap County can I get tested?