UPDATE: Neighborcare setting up outdoor COVID-19 testing in High Point parking lot

12:43 PM: Thanks for the tips. Three small tents labeled as “COVID-19 Testing” have gone up in the parking lot behind the Neighborcare Health clinic and High Point Library off SW Raymond east of 35th SW.

They don’t appear to be in use yet. Neighborcare’s website says, “Neighborcare is doing limited testing for COVID-19. … We are working to set up outdoor testing at multiple sites that ensures the safety of our staff and patients.” The notice asks patients to “call 206-549-5710 to talk to a nurse or medical provider before coming to a clinic.” We have a message out to the organization to ask about the High Point plan, and will add anything we find out.

1:27 PM UPDATE: Neighborcare has responded to our inquiry:

As of Friday, 4/3 Neighborcare Health at High Point will have outdoor COVID-19 testing and exams available for current Neighborcare Health patients by appointment only. Conducting tests and exams for patients with COVID-like symptoms outside in tents allows us to keep our patients, staff and the community safe. This model has been used by other health care systems in the area.

Neighborcare Health patients with respiratory illness symptoms, such as a cough, fever or shortness of breath, should call 206-548-5710 to make a phone appointment with one of our medical providers. We are asking patients not to come to the clinic, but to call first. Based on guidance from the Washington State Department of Health and the patient’s situation, the medical provider will determine if a patient should get tested and/or be seen in-person for an evaluation.

Our health care teams are also still available to help patients with other health care needs during this time. To help protect patients, staff and the community, we are temporarily scheduling most appointments by phone, including medical, behavioral health and nutritionist visits. If someone needs urgent or emergency dental care, they should call 206-548-5710 to schedule a phone consultation with a dentist before coming to a clinic.

In all cases, a health care provider will determine if a patient needs an in-person appointment. Interpretation services are available for in-person or phone appointments. For in-person visits, we put extra safety measures in place to protect patients and staff, such as screening all patients and visitors coming to the clinic, and limiting the time patients are in the waiting area.

13 Replies to "UPDATE: Neighborcare setting up outdoor COVID-19 testing in High Point parking lot"

  • amy April 2, 2020 (2:23 pm)


  • High Point at Graham resident April 2, 2020 (2:33 pm)

    Living in the townhouse complex right next to the tent. Didn’t get any heads up before seeing three tents from my kitchen window. Am I the only one concerning some tents gets too close to our home? 

    • A. April 2, 2020 (2:39 pm)

      Really? Stay inside your house. When you walk, walk the opposite direction. Don’t go lick the tent. You will be fine. This NIMBYism here is appalling. Signed… someone who also owns a High Point Townhome. 

    • WSB April 2, 2020 (2:44 pm)

      Please call Neighborcare if you have concerns. I’m sure the same number in the story can put you in touch with someone who can allay your fears. – TR

    • Steve April 2, 2020 (2:52 pm)

      It must be nice to live so close to such useful medical services. 

    • Trickycoolj April 2, 2020 (3:05 pm)

      That was my first thought, they could have placed it in the center of the parking lot not right next to your fence! Definitely give the HOA/SHA reps a call maybe they can help use their contacts to nudge them away from your windows.  Obviously it can’t be right next to the clinic building it probably shouldn’t be a few feet from your home either.

    • ND April 2, 2020 (8:52 pm)

      Outdoor testing is done with patients in their cars not in tents.

  • Dean Shuey April 4, 2020 (6:43 am)

    Please note the phone numbers are not consistent – 206-549-5710 as written in the article. In the highlighted blue it is: 206-548-5710 .Which is it?

  • Dean Shuey April 4, 2020 (6:44 am)

    There are two phone numbers in the article. Which is the correct one?

    • Dragana Miljkovic April 7, 2020 (1:55 pm)

      I googled both – the second brought up Neighborcare Health. So the correct number is 206-548-5710.

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