By Alyssa Erdley
Observer Staff 

County's Free At-Home PCR Test Program Halted

The program that was designed to keep sick people home now requires them to drive to a county Covid-19 testing site

 

January 10, 2022

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Public health officials are begging residents not to go the the already-strained emergency rooms to attempt to get a Covid-19 test

January 6, 2022 - Last week, Dr. Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of Public Health, announced a program where residents could order free PCR tests to administer at home and send to the lab for results. Today, during her weekly press conference, she announced that program is paused.

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This test site in Puyallup was closed Monday due to high demand

"They were running into challenges with the vendor," Ferrer explained. They were having trouble getting deliveries to homes in time. Members of the press at the virtual conference said they knew of people who'd been waiting weeks for a test that had been promised within 3-5 days.

Ferrer, who'd last week encouraged residents to stay home if they are feeling sick, was forced to change that recommendations today. She said the department handling the take-home tests was switching to making these kits available at the county's testing sites. To get them, residents will need to leave home and go to a county site. Once there, they can either wait to get tested at the site or take a test kit home and send it in to the lab directly.

The test kits should be available at county testing sites tomorrow.

"We encourage people who have symptoms and can't get a test to stay while symptomatic," Ferrer said.

 

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