COVID-19 testing returns to West Seattle hub

First it was a testing site … then testing and vaccination … then vaccination only … then it was scheduled to close after June 9th … but now the city says its “hub” at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle) is back in the testing business and will continue with that indefinitely. This afternoon the city announced it’s partnering with UW Medicine for “long-term COVID-19 testing availability” there. A new testing trailer is there, the city says, “with appointments available immediately (for) self-swab tests where the patient conducts their own COVID-19 test under observation from a health care professional.” Tests are free; UW Medicine subsequently provides results within a day or two. Hours for the testing trailer: 9 am-5:20 pm Mondays-Saturdays, appointments required – go here or call 206-477-3977. The city’s drive-up site in SODO is still operating, too.

8 Replies to "COVID-19 testing returns to West Seattle hub"

  • Scrappy May 24, 2021 (8:20 pm)

    “scheduled to close after June 9th … but now the city says its “hub” at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle) is back in the testing business and will continue with that indefinitely.”…

    Knee jerk reactions of policy makers continue to make my head spin. Seattle health advisors and politicians must be drinking the same brew. Exhausting.  

  • Lisa May 24, 2021 (9:10 pm)

    Agree with Scrappy. I appreciate having to be flexible but this is all so ridiculous. I really wish decision makers could get their acts together and stick with a plan.

  • DM May 24, 2021 (9:46 pm)

    We’ve never been through this before so I’m willing to cut our leaders some slack.

  • Chemist May 24, 2021 (10:18 pm)

    I would have loved for this testing to have returned to our tiny isthmus a week ago.  Travel to Hawaii requires a negative PCR or rapid ID test, but not antigen test or something conducted without observation by a third party.  I ended up driving out to tukwilla Walgreens but UW medicine labs is approved by HI. The swab dropbox isn’t approved.  Taking a bus to go to the clink wasn’t high on my list of worth a potential exposure just for a fully vaccinated me to go make Hawaii happy.

    • BarbZ May 24, 2021 (11:26 pm)

      You won’t take a bus a few miles but will fly all the way to Hawaii? Just be thankful you can do that!

    • East Coast Cynic May 25, 2021 (9:02 am)

      That’s very valuable to know as far as what states are requiring, Covid-19 test wise, for entry since I like Hawaii:).

    • ʻAʻohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia! May 29, 2021 (9:16 am)

      I’m saying something about this because I’m tired of both hearing and reading comments like these.It would be great if all people visiting the islands would gain some perspective. When you say things like “to make Hawaii happy” it’s offensive, selfish and ignorant. The reason it was safer for you to sit on a 5+ hour flight to the islands than it was to take a long bus ride to a proper testing facility is ironically because of these precautions.Hawai’i is not your “paradise” or escape. It is home for many.Hawai’i is trying to balance the safety of it’s communities, most of which have limited resources for sick residents. The so-called economic “boost” that more visitors would bring amidst a global health crisis is dangerous. Maintaining the health and safety is not an easy task.If the restrictions in place inconvenience you, don’t go to Hawai’i. King County alone has more access to COVID-19 resources and healthcare/support than the entirety of Hawai’i.  Please try to be grateful for what you have and attempt to think of more than just yourself.

  • waikikigirl May 25, 2021 (11:19 am)

    I too luv Hawaii (if you couldn’t tell by my user name) and haven’t been there since July of 2019 out of respect to the State of Hawaii’s people. They have been keeping the Covid under control so much better than us on the Mainland. Maybe in October we will go…Today’s NEW DAILY per State count on my APP
    WA – 2005
    AZ – 450
    OR – 1121
    HI – 82

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