Drive-through COVID-19 tests available for UW Medicine employees

SEATTLE -- UW Medicine has opened a drive-through COVID-19 testing site for its employees who have symptoms of an upper respiratory infection – fever, a new cough, and shortness of breath.

The site, located in an open-air parking garage at UW Medicine Northwest in north Seattle, had tested 94 people for both the flu and COVID-19 as of Sunday, March 9. So far, all of the tests for COVID-19 have been negative.

If anyone tests positive, they'll be notified immediately with instructions on what to do next. Usually, this means home isolation unless the symptoms are worsening and the employee requires additional care.

There are other COVID test sites for UW Medicine employees, including one at UW Medicine’s Harborview Medical Center in downtown Seattle.