Coronavirus testing to continue at two Seattle testing sites

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Ryan Blethen

Seattle Times reporter

Two coronavirus testing sites in Seattle will continue to test for the disease instead of just giving vaccinations.

Testing was supposed to end on Tuesday in Rainer Beach and West Seattle, but the city decided to continue testing because of a surge in COVID-19 infections in Seattle over the past two weeks.

“The city’s top priority remains doing everything it can to fight the COVID-19 pandemic here in Seattle and in our state,” Mayor Jenny Durkan said in a press release. “The recent spike in cases, especially over the last week, makes it clear that we still need robust, free testing across Seattle.”

Seattle had 713 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past 14 days, an increase of 245 cases compared to the past two weeks, when the city saw 468 new cases.

The city initially used the Rainier Beach and West Seattle locations for testing, and then added vaccinations as soon as it started getting vaccines from the state.

Seattle has two high volume transit locations, one in Sodo and one on Aurora Avenue in north Seattle. The city also offers tests on walk-in kiosks for people with appointments. For information on Seattle test locations and dates, see the city’s website at seattle.gov/vaccine.