Reminder: City to offer free COVID testing at Edmonds-Woodway HS Nov. 23

The City of Edmonds is partnering with the Verdant Health Commission and Medical Teams International to provide free, non-invasive COVID-19 testing Monday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Edmonds Woodway High School South parking lot (enter off of 76th Avenue West). This is a drive-thru event, but walk-ups will not be turned away.

“The goal is to test as many people in the community as possible,” said Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson. “You may not be showing symptoms, but could still spread the virus. Getting tested protects your loved ones.” The city encourages residents to put the family in the car and get everyone tested.

Medical Teams International staff will register each person as they drive up. For infection control purposes, clients will not touch the registration paperwork. Individuals should bring ID and insurance cards if they have insurance. Insurance payments help offset the cost for those who can’t pay.

No one will be turned away. The testing is free, no exceptions. Grant funding covers the cost of the tests, though most insurance companies cover the cost of the test with no expense to the client. When insurance is billed, there are more grant-funded tests for those without insurance.

Tests are sent to the University of Washington and results can easily be accessed online with a code that is provided at the Edmonds testing site. Test results are available two to five days after the test, however results may be available in as soon as 24-48 hours.

The testing method used is anterior nasal swabbing, resulting in less discomfort than other methods. About 1 cm of the swab is inserted into one nostril at a time and rotated for about 10 seconds. The test is safe for both children and adults.

To learn more about this event, contact Jennifer Piplic, director of marketing and communication at Verdant Health Commission: or 425-582-8600.


8 Replies to “Reminder: City to offer free COVID testing at Edmonds-Woodway HS Nov. 23”

  1. Thank you Verdant, MTI, the City, and the School District.
    Such great cooperation for the benefit of all.
    This is exactly what we need, on a weekly basis.
    Please continue this program !
    Thank you everyone for being safe.


  2. In light of the governor’s request yesterday that only people with symptoms or exposure get a covid test right now , is this drive through test event still open to everyone?


  3. Live from the scene:
    My wife and I got in line in the EWHS parking lot entry drive at 9:30 with about 75 cars in front of us. Gave up and drove home at 10:30 after seeing the line not move and watching the slow progress (my guess was one car leaving per 3-4 minutes). It’s pretty obvious the turnout overwhelmed the test site. By 10:30 the line of hundreds of cars on 76th and 212th extended north from the 76th school entrance and back past the Dairy Queen intersection as two lines…one on 76th and one on 212th. No traffic control at the intersection, safely merging the two lines together looks challenging at this busy intersection….

    Editorial comment: We with insurance and no symptoms should have ignored the Mayor and stayed home. My apologies to the uninsured people with symptoms who are going to be stuck in that line most of the day and might not get the test they need.


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