Up to 250 community members are expected to be tested for COVID-19 in Yakima each day as the first drive thru testing opens in Yakima Tuesday. Washington National Guard members are working at the Yakima Valley Sundome helping with the drive through testing along with students from Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. People get results by phone within five days.
As guard members and officials from the Yakima office of Emergency Management set up the site on the north side of the Sundome officials at the Yakima Health District are making appointments.
The drive-thru testing is available for high-risk Yakima County residents with symptoms of COVID-19, including those who work in healthcare, public safety or critical infrastructure.
Appointments will be opened each day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. April 7 through April 10 in 15-mintue increments. The Health District initially expects to test up to 250 people each day.
A website has been set up where people will be asked a series of screening questions and, if they meet testing criteria, will be given an appointment time and a testing identifier number. https://www.yakimacounty.us/2389/DRIVE-THRU-COVID-19-TESTING