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Rapid COVID-19 testing in Spokane will give front-line workers, patients with referrals results in minutes

UPDATED: Thu., April 16, 2020

A health worker displays on March 17 the packaged nasopharyngeal swab used on patients at a drive-through COVID-19 testing station for University of Washington Medicine patients in Seattle. Rapid testing set to begin in Spokane will give results in about 5 minutes. (Elaine Thompson / AP)
A health worker displays on March 17 the packaged nasopharyngeal swab used on patients at a drive-through COVID-19 testing station for University of Washington Medicine patients in Seattle. Rapid testing set to begin in Spokane will give results in about 5 minutes. (Elaine Thompson / AP)

Rapid testing for COVID-19 will be available through Providence Express Care starting Friday.

Providence announced that the pilot program will target health care workers, first responders and high-risk patients who can access rapid testing by referral and appointment only.

The rapid testing will deliver a positive result in as little as five minutes and a negative result in about 13 minutes.

To access rapid testing, a person must have a virtual visit with a Providence ExpressCare provider first. After screening a person based on federal and state COVID-19 symptomatic guidelines, a provider will determine whether to schedule the patient for a rapid test.

Drive-up rapid testing will be located at the Providence ExpressCare clinic on North Indian Trail Road in Spokane, and patients will be directed to go to this clinic at their scheduled appointment time.

The rapid testing does not replace the drive-up screening at the Spokane County fairgrounds, where anybody experiencing symptoms can get screened and potentially tested if their symptoms meet certain criteria.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Arielle Dreher's reporting for The Spokesman-Review is funded in part by Report for America and by members of the Spokane community. This story can be republished by other organizations for free under a Creative Commons license. For more information on this, please contact our newspaper’s managing editor.

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