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.
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