Beware of ‘unusual’ COVID testing sites, health district says

We had inquiries from readers Monday asking about free COVID testing being offered near the Edmonds ferry terminal, as it appeared that proper testing protocols weren’t being followed. Turns out, the Snohomish Health District has also received questions about the operation and is investigating.

“We have received a couple emails from folks about the Edmonds ferry landing testing,” said Health District spokesperson Heather Thomas. Those questions have been forwarded to the Washington State Department of Health’s Laboratory Quality Assurance, she added.

Thomas also pointed to a health district announcement from Friday noting that reports from Public Health – Seattle & King County highlighted “unusual” testing sites and practices “by at least one organization.” Among the concerns raised:  substandard testing set-ups that don’t following infection prevention practices and failure to report test results to public health authorities as required by law. The agency has also received complaints of door-to-door outreach making false statements to residents about testing being required by the health department or the governor.

Following news coverage about the concerns from Seattle & King County Public Health, the Snohomish Health District also received inquiries about testing site operations in Snohomish County, and those are being investigated — including the one in Edmonds.

The Snohomish Health District “advises caution in engaging with anyone offering or requiring testing who cannot demonstrate affiliation with a legitimate health care entity. This should include providing proper identification linking them to that entity.

“Although testing can be mandated by local public health in some circumstances, that authority is never delegated to a non-health district entity,” the announcement continued. Individuals should be skeptical about solicitations for free testing in public, at someone’s doorstep, by telephone or email. Unfortunately, risk of sub-standard practices, inaccurate results, or identity theft do exist. People should err on the side of not engaging if approached.”

Those with questions or concerns about the legitimacy of a testing operation should contact the health district by email at complaints@snohd.org or share details through the call center at 425-339-5278. If COVID testing is needed, people should contact their health care provider, local pharmacy or visit www.snohd.org/testing.

 

 

11 Replies to “Beware of ‘unusual’ COVID testing sites, health district says”

  1. How are these “unusual” testing sites able to set up shop? do they not have to apply for some kind of a permit and proof of legitimacy?

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  2. Better question, who are they? Who are they affiliated with? What are they getting out of this? Are people randomly giving private information to them? Need better info from article.

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    1. We weren’t at the scene of this to ask those questions. Readers who were contacted us so we asked the health district — and they responded that the issue was forwarded to the agency that oversees it. We will monitor and report on anything that is found as part of that process.

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      1. And who oversees the Snohomish Health District? Well I would think it would be The Department of Health…in Olympia. Nice cop out though.
        There is much I could say here…Things I know with proof. But this time I will say this. Stop with the sneaky or be exposed. That’s it. A loyal Edmonds citizen, with many concerns.

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    2. I saw the table at the ferry and took photos. The company is “Community Wellness America” and I believe they are running under the radar for as long as they can. Their staff is not wearing proper PPE, no gowns and taking nose swabs on an uncoverd table in the middle of crowded sidewalks.
      Edmonds police were called but did nothing. The woman conducting the free tests only left after the news cameras arrived.

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  3. I did see a police officer questioning a man who set up shop in front of Starbucks yesterday. He did remain there after the police officer left.

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    1. You should have called them to come back. Then the police should kick him out of town, or arrest him for trying to be a scammer. Misrepresented as a health care worker or affiliate. Oh lawyers where are you? Civil suits ???

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  4. He was by Starbucks. This guy wanted me to stick his test up my nose. He was wearing scrubs. lol. Only the government is allowed to trick us like this.

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    1. Thank you. I don’t think the police and the public realize yet the full extent of how much these tables themselves endanger or put the public at risk by spreading covid.

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  5. And everyone wonders why we will be in Stage 2 on Tuesday?? Edmonds did this to itself and so did Seattle. I don’t know about Tacoma as I never read or see a thing about them. Certainly not in The Seattle Times anyway. SO who knows but they are about an inch from going to 1. Not sure what that means BUT it sounds bad. I assume this will be total closure.. Now see what we went and did in the name of trying to help! Tsk Tsk

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