CORONAVIRUS: West Seattle testing site to start limiting appointments to people with symptoms

A temporary change in policy for UW Medicine, which is the provider for the city’s COVID-19 testing site in West Seattle, among others. Starting Tuesday, testing at these sites will only be available for people who have symptoms. Here’s the announcement:

Beginning January 4, 2022, UW Medicine will be prioritizing COVID-19 testing for people with appointments who have symptoms of respiratory illness or who have a known exposure to COVID-19. Testing for people without symptoms, including before and after travel or gatherings, will not be available due to the high volume of omicron cases that are being processed in our laboratory.

Because each positive sample must undergo additional testing, the recent surge in positive tests limits the total number of samples that we can handle. We apologize for this inconvenience and will continue to monitor testing capacity and adjust prioritization as this current surge of COVID-19 evolves.

Again, this affects UW Medicine’s community testing sites, including the one at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex in West Seattle. In a media briefing this morning, UW Medicine explained that with the additional testing that positive samples require, it can only handle about half its current volume in a timely manner. But they also say this could change quickly so they may be able to start testing asymptomatic people again soon.

4 Replies to "CORONAVIRUS: West Seattle testing site to start limiting appointments to people with symptoms"

  • Ericmdb December 30, 2021 (3:43 pm)

    Has anyone seen home test kits available in the area? 

    • Also John December 30, 2021 (4:08 pm)

      Yes…. I picked up a couple test kits at Walgreens on 35th about one week ago.

    • ColdToesColdNose December 30, 2021 (6:35 pm)

      I found some online at They’re the kind that look like a dollar store pregnancy test. 2 day shipping. It is $30/2 tests and the cost of shipping is included! 

  • jay January 6, 2022 (12:55 pm)

    I went to the testing site today.  Even though the website still says they take ins we were told you have to make an appointment.  But, everything is book through Saturday, and you can’t make an appointment past Saturday!  Good luck!  Yes, I have symptoms.

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