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Even if you’re vaccinated, testing is crucial as we fight COVID-19.

We’ve recently heard from many of you who have questions about COVID-19 tests.

In a way, that’s good: Testing remains one of our best tools to protect your health and slow the spread of COVID-19. But much of this interest is because the delta variant is causing cases and hospitalizations to increase very quickly in Pierce County and around the country. This is the longest and strongest sustained case rate increase we’ve seen in Pierce County since the beginning of the pandemic.

We’re working hard to increase testing to match the growing need for tests.

I’m vaccinated. Should I get tested?

Latchmi Perez is a nurse in our testing branch. She has asthma. When her symptoms flare up, she worries they might be associated with COVID-19. So, she gets tested when she’s feeling unwell.

She wants to ensure her health and the health of those she serves.

“Even though I’m vaccinated, I’m at ease knowing I have test kits readily available when I get symptoms,” she said.

While symptoms are rare and usually mild for vaccinated people, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention thinks you can still spread COVID-19. That’s especially true with the highly contagious delta variant.

If you have symptoms or might have been exposed, you should get tested whether or not you’ve been vaccinated. Tests help keep your friends and family safe, especially those unvaccinated like children under the age of 12.

And if you’re staying healthy through sports and group fitness workouts, you may want to check the state Department of Health recommendations on testing to see if your activity is on the list. If you own or work at a gym and would like to pass out free test kits, contact us at EPItesting@tpchd.org.

More testing options than ever.

Testing can be as easy as running to your local pharmacy to buy an over-the-counter test. You can get your result in 15 minutes.

If you’re looking for free options, we have lots in Pierce County.

You can pick up a test while shopping for food! Tacoma Farmers’ Markets—including Fresh Express sites, Puyallup Farmer’s Market, and Village Farmer’s Market in South Hill  —have tests already. And we’re working to get tests at more markets every week.

You can also pick up free at-home test kits at any branch of the Pierce County Library system or the Tacoma Public Library.

You can also find outdoor sites near you.

With back-to-school just around the corner, you can pick up a test with free school supplies. We’re working with our partners to offer free vaccinations and test kits at many events across the county.

Are you a business looking to test your staff and keep your door open to the public? We offer free tests for your employees and members. Fill out this form and we will contact you within one business day.

Get tested without leaving your house!

Greater Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network study (SCAN) is open to any age. You can get a test delivered right to your door anywhere in Pierce County within a day. No need to have symptoms or cross the Narrows Bridge!

You can register at scanpublichealth.org or call (206) 616-5859 before 11 a.m. You can register online in Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Traditional Chinese, Tagalog, Amharic, Somali, and Korean, and in other languages by phone.

As cases climb in Pierce County, testing remains one of our best tools to fight the virus. Please, get a test for COVID-19 if you’re sick, even if you or those around you are vaccinated!

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