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Posted on: October 28, 2020

City’s drive-thru COVID-19 testing site to open Nov. 4

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The City of Bainbridge Island will open a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at Town Square on Wednesday, Nov. 4 to support public health goals and the reopening of schools and businesses in our community.

The testing site, located next to City Hall at 280 Madison Ave N, will be open by appointment only 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for anyone who:

  • Has COVID-19 symptoms
  • Has been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case in the past 14 days
  • Has recently traveled to areas with a high prevalence of COVID-19 
  • Needs a test to return to work. 

The testing site will not be open on Saturdays, as initially planned, to avoid any impacts to the Farmers Market schedule. 

The effort is expected to increase testing capacity on the island by approximately 80 tests per week. The schedule may be adjusted based on the demand for testing. 

“The community-based testing site is an important part of our community’s ability to ensure everyone has access to testing,” Emergency Management Coordinator Anne LeSage said. “We are extremely grateful for the support of City Council and our emergency management volunteers who make operating the testing site possible."

Volunteers from the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), Bainbridge Prepares, and other emergency management volunteers will oversee the testing process with support from LeSage and COVID-19 Safety Officer Chris Rubin. 

Testing site participants must make an appointment online at bainbridgewa.gov/covidtest.

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Arrangements will be made at the site to allow testing for those without access to a car. 

The City will work with the University of Washington Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology to process the tests; it is anticipated test results will take 24 to 48 hours. 

PCR test will be used at the City’s testing site; it will be a self-swab nasal test that will show if a person has an active coronavirus infection (provides a positive or negative result only).

There is no cost to participants. If a participant has health insurance, then the insurance provider will be billed for the cost of the test. If a participant does not have insurance, then the cost of the test will be covered by a federal program.

The City Council approved the testing site proposal during the Oct. 13 business meeting. The City Council approved up to $50,000 for six months of testing, which includes the cost of personal protective equipment, testing materials, information technology equipment, and other supplies. The testing site will be supported through the City’s General Fund.

To learn more about COVID-19 symptoms and when to get tested, please go to the Kitsap Public Health District’s website.

For a list of medical clinics and pharmacies in Kitsap County offering COVID-19 testing, click here.


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