Hospital opens new COVID-19 testing sites

  • Friday, July 17, 2020 4:20pm
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New COVID testing sites have opened for residents all across Whidbey.

According to a press release, WhidbeyHealth is partnering with Island County Public Health to host three swabbing stations, located at the walk-in clinic in Clinton, the medical center in Coupeville and the Cabot Drive clinic in Oak Harbor.

Those who wish to be tested must register in advance by calling 360-240-4055 Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

People are being asked to stay in their cars when they arrive.

The Clinton and Oak Harbor clinics will have designated parking spots and the medical center in Coupeville will have signs to follow.

The procedure involves swirling a swab about the size of an ordinary Q-tip in both nostrils, the press release stated.

Test results will be available within 24 to 72 hours. Patients testing positive for COVID-19 will receive a phone call from WhidbeyHealth.

WhidbeyHealth introduced self-service fever-checking technology this week for patients and staff to measure their own temperature.

No-touch self-service kiosks, located at facility entrances, measure temperatures and send out an alarm if a temperature is above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. If it is below 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the kiosk will provide a sticker for the user to proceed inside.

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