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Seeking COVID-19 Testing Responsibly

To our valued patients and community,

EvergreenHealth, like all health systems in our region, is currently experiencing high patient volumes at all urgent care and emergency care locations, resulting in longer than average wait times.

There are many different reasons people are seeking care. However, a sizable number of patients—many with mild or no symptoms—are requesting COVID tests in advance of travel and other social circumstances. The high volume of COVID testing is also delaying test results, as the labs work to keep up with the increasing demand.

It is important to understand that the purpose of emergency care and urgent care is to treat patients with significant or severe symptoms who need acute, professional medical care. Emergency care and urgent care practices should not be visited as general testing sites.

It is everyone's individual responsibility to be tested if they have COVID symptoms—to help ensure the health and safety of everyone around them. We do ask, however, that you please seek COVID testing responsibly in light of the current high volume.

Seeking COVID testing responsibly from EvergreenHealth sites means getting tested only if you have COVID symptoms and require care. By supporting responsible testing, you're supporting those patients who are in great need of care, as well as the providers and staff who continue under challenging circumstances to care for our community.

The best defense against COVID and the need for medical care is preventing serious illness by getting vaccinated, receiving your booster and masking. To find a vaccination location near you, visit the Washington State VaccineFinder website.

For non-COVID related care, learn whether primary care, urgent care or emergency care is the right level of care for your symptoms.

For ongoing COVID updates, FAQs and more information, visit the EvergreenHealth COVID Hub.

From all of us at EvergreenHealth, we sincerely thank you for pursuing COVID testing responsibly to support patients in need, our healthcare workers and everyone in our community.