Lewis County Announces Community Drive COVID-19 Test Site Open

For immediate release: November 24, 2021

For more information contact: John Abplanalp (360) 740-1256

Lewis County announces the opening of a community driving COVID-19 test site.

Chehalis, Washington – Discovery Health MD (DHMD) has been hired by the Washington State Department of Health to open a drive-thru test site for COVID-19. The site will be officially operational on Friday November 26 at Lewis County Mall, 151 NE Hampe Way, Chehalis, WA 98532.

The site will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, except Thanksgiving and Christmas, in the parking lot at the west end of the Lewis County Mall (next to the old Sears store). Although online registration is available and encouraged, it is not mandatory. It is recommended to bring an ID and proof of insurance. However, tests are available regardless of identity card and / or insurance status.

The laboratory PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test is primarily intended for anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been directly exposed to someone with COVID-19, but no one will show up will be refused. Results are usually available within 48-72 hours and are delivered through a secure online portal (notification will be received by email and / or SMS), making it a convenient and fairly quick option for those who have it. need. In the portal, advice will also be provided for people who test positive and for those exposed to a positive case.

Lewis County Public Health & Social Services (LCPHSS) recently requested DOH’s help with COVID-19, as regional resources are limited due to high transmission rates and high demand for testing. “The Lewis County Mall site has removed barriers to COVID-19 testing in our community and improved our ability to detect and respond to COVID-19 by offering free testing for everyone without requiring a visit to a care provider health, ”said Dr Alan Melnick, Lewis County Health Officer.

LCPHSS hopes that additional test sites and capacity will ease the pressure on vendors, which is why DHMD’s assistance is so invaluable. Discovery Health MD is a Northwestern company that provides COVID-19 testing and vaccination services to individuals, communities and businesses, both directly and in partnership with national and local health organizations.

“We are in favor of increasing testing statewide. By expanding our services in Lewis County, where positivity rates are high, we are helping to increase access to testing, ”said Daniel Pulse, Director of Growth for DHMD.

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Amanda J. Marsh