COVID-19 Swabbing Stations Are Open to All

UPDATE Aug. 5, 2020: WhidbeyHealth has re-opened three swabbing stations in partnership with Island County Public Health. Register for the hospital portal to get results after you have been swabbed. To sign up for a swabbing, call 360.240.4055 Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you need a COVID-19 test on the island, you now have three drive-up options. Your appointment may not be immediate.

Specimen collection will be conducted at the Walk-In Clinic Clinton, our Cabot Drive clinic in Oak Harbor, and at the Medical Center in Coupeville. Testing times and locations are carefully scheduled and pre-registration by phone is required.

Call 911 if you have severe symptoms such as a very high fever, difficulty breathing, or inability to eat or drink.

Anyone can be tested, regardless of symptoms. Please note that since health insurance will not cover testing for those with no symptoms or COVID contact, you will be responsible for the cost. The test costs $156.  

Your test may be covered by your insurance carrier if you meet certain criteria, including:

• Having a scheduled elective surgery at an off-island hospital. Ask your provider to fax your order to: 360.678.7631.

• Having attended a group activity with 50 or fewer people and have been notified that someone in the group has recently tested positive for COVID-19, even if you do not feel sick. You do not need to be a WhidbeyHealth patient.

• Running a fever, have developed a cough or lost your sense of smell/taste and you suspect you may have Coronavirus.

To sign up for a swab sample to be tested, call 360.240.4055 Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. During that call, you will be directed to one of the swabbing stations for a specific time. Please note that your appointment may not be immediate as there is a large number of participants in line for testing. 

Upon arrival at the swabbing station, please stay in your car. Our Clinton and Oak Harbor locations have designated parking spots. At the medical center, follow signs to the drive-thru lane near the Health Education Center. Place your car in park and turn off the ignition.

The procedure involves swirling a swab into both nostrils. The swab is about the size of an ordinary Q-tip, much smaller than previous testing technologies.

It is very important to pre-register by calling 360.240.4055; persons who arrive without registration will not be tested. It is also important to understand that testing is subject to the availability of specimen collection supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for our staff. There have been nationwide shortages of both.

Test results will be available within 3-5 days, depending on the volume at certified laboratories. WhidbeyHealth works with off-site certified labs with the most capacity. Turnaround times are always subject to change based on current conditions and the number of tests being done in our state. Patients who test positive will receive a phone call from WhidbeyHealth. You will NOT receive a phone call if you test negative.

Register for the hospital portal to get results after you have been swabbed. All results - including negative results - will be available on the MyWhidbeyHealth online patient portal. If you do not already have an account on the MyWhidbeyHealth hospital portal, sign up online here. (Note: Please register for the Hospital portal, not the Clinic portal.)

Remember the three W’s: Wear a mask. Wash your hands often. Watch your distance.

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