COVID-19 Testing

Page updated: Friday May 29, 2020 at 5:10 pm

Who Can Get Tested?

Anyone can get tested. However, healthcare providers are focusing on people with symptoms of COVID-19 and their contacts. Testing availability is expanding in our area and it is an essential element of reducing the spread of COVID-19. 

While anyone can ask a provider to be tested for COVID-19, testing is done at the provider’s discretion.  In order to get tested you must contact your healthcare provider. If you do not have a regular healthcare provider, work with your insurance company to find one that accepts your insurance. If you can’t get scheduled quickly, please call the Health Department at 360-778-6100 between 8:30 and 4:30 Monday through Friday for assistance with testing.

If you don’t have health insurance, enroll online today. In the rare case you’re not eligible, or if you experience delays, please call the Health Department at 360-778-6100 between 8:30 and 4:30 Monday through Friday for assistance with testing. Information about insurance coverage and costs can also be found on our FAQs page.  

 

Should I get tested?

If you think you have COVID-19, you should get in touch with your healthcare provider to determine whether or not they recommend testing.

  • Not all healthcare providers are able to test for COVID-19. If your healthcare provider says you should be tested for COVID-19 but they are not able to provide the test, they can call the health department. We will work with them to find a place for you to get tested.
  • The majority of COVID-19 infections are mild and get better without the need for medical care.
  • If you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, it’s best to treat it like it could be COVID-19. Protect others by staying home. If you must be around other people, you should wear a mask. Starting on May 22, everyone in Whatcom County is directed to wear a face covering in most public settings, when you may be within six feet of someone who does not live with you. Read more about the face covering health directive.