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Posted on: November 20, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Community Asked to Avoid Gatherings and Use COVID-19 Testing Services Only When Necessary

The low-barrier mobile COVID-19 testing that we have been offering to our community members has reached maximum capacity. Many more people are seeking COVID-19 tests due to a sharp increase in virus activity and a desire to travel or gather for the holidays. We are still offering COVID-19 tests to everyone, but we are asking community members to use the service only when necessary. 

Why It’s Important

Whatcom County Health Officer Dr. Greg Stern has asked residents who’ve signed up for non-essential COVID-19 tests to consider canceling their appointments or scheduling appointments with a primary care provider. We want to make sure there is space available for those who need to get tested the most: people with COVID-19 symptoms, members of vulnerable populations, close contacts of people diagnosed with COVID-19, and people who require a COVID-19 test before undergoing medical procedures.

“At this time we aren’t limiting our testing services,” Dr. Stern said, “but we are asking people who aren’t sick or at risk to not to make appointments at our testing site right now. We need to make sure that testing isn’t delayed for those with the greatest need.” 

Stay Home this Holiday

Dr. Stern also reminded people that they should not be traveling or gathering with others outside their immediate households while there’s so much virus activity in the community. He asked Whatcom County residents to stay home this Thanksgiving and not get tested unless they experience symptoms related to COVID-19 or a health official has told them they need to get tested.

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