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We want to help you get a COVID-19 test.

More people in Pierce County are getting COVID-19 tests than ever before. That’s great news.

But we can do better.

As tests come in, we get a clearer picture of how this disease spreads in the community.

To help develop the understanding of COVID-19, we do our best to remove barriers to testing. You need to know when you should stay home and when you can return to work.

Barriers to testing can include work responsibilities, stigma, access, and more.

I have to work.

Your employer is responsible to offer a safe workplace. When you stay home while sick, you help your employer. If you lose income because you get sick, lose your job, or have your hours cut because of COVID-19, the Employment Security Department (ESD) can help.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is available for thousands of people in Washington:

  • People sick or caring for someone with COVID-19.
  • Part-time workers and others who lost work due to COVID-19.
  • Parents who lost childcare due to COVID-19.
  • People at high risk of contracting COVID-19.
  • People unemployed due to COVID-19 and not eligible for regular unemployment benefits.

Federal CARES Act funding makes this assistance possible. Contact ESD to learn more.

What will people think?

We’re living in unique and challenging times. We understand that many people are feeling confused, anxious, or afraid. Unfortunately, these feelings can lead to harmful stereotypes and stigma.

Stigma can lead people to hide their illness, discourage healthy behaviors, and prevent or delay people from getting care. Learn what you can do to prevent COVID-19 stigma on our Information for Human Services Providers page.

Testing plays an important role in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 is testing us. All of us. People in Pierce County are suffering the physical, financial, and emotional toll of the COVID-19 pandemic. But together, we will get through this. 

Get tested. Make an appointment with your healthcare provider or attend a free mobile testing event. If you have transportation challenges, learn about a new option to get a test delivered.  The Health Department doesn’t offer tests for the public.

Consider getting a test if you have symptoms, or if you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19. 

Call ahead to ensure your healthcare provider has resources to test you. Your healthcare provider determines if you should get a COVID-19 test.

Health insurance plans in Washington cover testing and most cover treatment for services necessary for COVID-19. The state insurance commissioner ordered all health plans his office regulates to waive copays, coinsurance and deductibles for people requiring testing for COVID-19. Copays and deductibles will still apply if you need treatment.

Tests come in many forms now. Often they are  PCR (polymerase chain reaction) swabs and in some locations tests can be self-collected. Call the provider for more details.

Learn the safest ways to gather, how to make masks, and more at

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