Beginning Monday, August 10, the Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) and Whatcom Unified Command (WUC) will begin field testing a low-barrier, mobile COVID-19 testing model. A fully operational mobile testing program is expected to begin within two weeks thereafter at locations throughout Whatcom County.
The new, mobile COVID-19 testing will use an online scheduling system that allows users to register in advance for an appointment time. Registration will offer shorter and more predictable wait times than the model piloted by WCHD and WUC last month when some experienced wait times of 2-3 hours to be tested. With this testing model, the expected wait time is only 5-15 minutes.
Here’s what you need to know:
Anyone can get tested for COVID-19 at the new low-barrier sites. Low-barrier means you don’t need a healthcare provider referral, so you can be tested without first visiting your regular provider. There is no cost to those being tested at the WCHD/WUC mobile locations.
Whatcom County residents are encouraged to continue to visit their regular healthcare providers for COVID-19 testing, which is also provided at no cost, including waived co-pays and deductibles, under a provision by the Washington State Insurance Commissioner.