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Changes to Skagit Regional Health’s COVID-19 Testing Services

Apr 12, 2021, 13:50 PM
Skagit Regional Health discontinues non-symptom COVID-19 testing.

Skagit Regional Health has made changes to COVID-19 testing services. These changes will optimize staffing and clinic space.

Changes that impact patients who are seeking testing, but do not have COVID-19 symptoms, those who are symptomatic and patients requiring pre-procedure testing are outlined below:

Woman receives COVID-19 test

Patients without Symptoms COVID-19 Testing
Testing for patients without COVID-19 symptoms at the Arlington COVID-19 Testing Site (328 S. Stillaguamish Avenue) and at Skagit Regional Clinics – Mount Vernon (1400 E. Kincaid Street) were discontinued on Friday, March 26, 2021. In recent months, many other local healthcare providers and pharmacies began offering COVID-19 testing services, including testing for patients without symptoms. SRH will focus testing resources on those who are experiencing symptoms and those with a scheduled procedure at an SRH facility.

COVID-19 Pre-Procedure Testing
To ensure the safety of those in our facilities, SRH will continue to test patients for COVID-19 before scheduled procedures at SRH facilities. Beginning Monday, March 29, pre-procedure COVID-19 testing became available at any SRH outpatient lab location. SRH’s two dedicated pre-procedure testing sites are now closed. This change offers patients who require pre-procedure COVID-19 testing greater convenience, with more testing locations and a broader range of hours.

Symptomatic COVID-19 Testing
SRH will continue to offer testing for community members experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Effective Monday, April 19, 2021 the SRH Acute Respiratory Clinic Mount Vernon will close. Those exhibiting new onset cough, fever, shortness of breath, diarrhea or other flu-like symptoms should present to any Skagit Regional Health Urgent Care location. Respiratory patients will enter Urgent Care for check-in. They will be given a restaurant-style buzzer and will wait in their car until their buzzer goes off to let them know it’s time to return into the clinic for care. There will be no changes to symptomatic COVID-19 testing services at Skagit Regional Clinics – Smokey Point.

“We are proud to have been an organization that began offering COVID-19 testing to anyone in the community early in the pandemic. As other entities have begun offering these services, we are confident that the community need for asymptomatic testing will continue to be met. Consolidating our symptomatic and pre-procedure testing into existing locations allows our organization to better utilize staff and facility space,” said Skagit Regional Health President and CEO Brian Ivie.

The site of the Acute Respiratory Clinic in Mount Vernon will be decommissioned and return to office space for the organization’s support staff.

For information about all COVID-19 services at Skagit Regional Health, click here. 

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Changes to Skagit Regional Health’s COVID-19 Testing Services

Apr 12, 2021, 13:50 PM
Skagit Regional Health discontinues non-symptom COVID-19 testing.

Skagit Regional Health has made changes to COVID-19 testing services. These changes will optimize staffing and clinic space.

Changes that impact patients who are seeking testing, but do not have COVID-19 symptoms, those who are symptomatic and patients requiring pre-procedure testing are outlined below:

Woman receives COVID-19 test

Patients without Symptoms COVID-19 Testing
Testing for patients without COVID-19 symptoms at the Arlington COVID-19 Testing Site (328 S. Stillaguamish Avenue) and at Skagit Regional Clinics – Mount Vernon (1400 E. Kincaid Street) were discontinued on Friday, March 26, 2021. In recent months, many other local healthcare providers and pharmacies began offering COVID-19 testing services, including testing for patients without symptoms. SRH will focus testing resources on those who are experiencing symptoms and those with a scheduled procedure at an SRH facility.

COVID-19 Pre-Procedure Testing
To ensure the safety of those in our facilities, SRH will continue to test patients for COVID-19 before scheduled procedures at SRH facilities. Beginning Monday, March 29, pre-procedure COVID-19 testing became available at any SRH outpatient lab location. SRH’s two dedicated pre-procedure testing sites are now closed. This change offers patients who require pre-procedure COVID-19 testing greater convenience, with more testing locations and a broader range of hours.

Symptomatic COVID-19 Testing
SRH will continue to offer testing for community members experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Effective Monday, April 19, 2021 the SRH Acute Respiratory Clinic Mount Vernon will close. Those exhibiting new onset cough, fever, shortness of breath, diarrhea or other flu-like symptoms should present to any Skagit Regional Health Urgent Care location. Respiratory patients will enter Urgent Care for check-in. They will be given a restaurant-style buzzer and will wait in their car until their buzzer goes off to let them know it’s time to return into the clinic for care. There will be no changes to symptomatic COVID-19 testing services at Skagit Regional Clinics – Smokey Point.

“We are proud to have been an organization that began offering COVID-19 testing to anyone in the community early in the pandemic. As other entities have begun offering these services, we are confident that the community need for asymptomatic testing will continue to be met. Consolidating our symptomatic and pre-procedure testing into existing locations allows our organization to better utilize staff and facility space,” said Skagit Regional Health President and CEO Brian Ivie.

The site of the Acute Respiratory Clinic in Mount Vernon will be decommissioned and return to office space for the organization’s support staff.

For information about all COVID-19 services at Skagit Regional Health, click here.