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"Took my three young sick boys for the Covid test. I wasn't able to swab them myself and hold them down at the same time. It was pouring rain outside at the site and she helped hold their arms down in their cars seats so I could administer test no way I COULD HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT HELP."
"I drove up to the site and there was no wait. Only one in front of me. The nurse that administered my test was kind and friendly. I really admire these health care workers that totally give of themselves to stand out in the cold and administer tests and still be able to show kindness. Amazing and thank you for being such incredibly caring professionals."
"My son needed a Covid test. The process was seamless from start to finish. The staff was really nice and respectful to me and my son. Good experience for a scary test! Check-in was a breeze and done online from my phone! I booked my appointment online. The bedside manner of all staff we had contact with was great, especially Heidi! Covid testing is free. I recommend this testing clinic for all lewis county school kids."
"Staff super friendly and professional. I was in and out."
"Thanks guys! I was in a real bind for finding a covid test for returning home, and you guys saved me."
"No wait time with appointment, very quick and easy Covid testing."
"Quick and easy. They were able to answer all my questions."
"So easy! Most appreciative that this site made testing for COVID easy and quick. Mobile appt setting and mobile check-in are so convenient. Thank you!"
"Incredibly efficient, professional, and caring COVID test experience for my daughter. Thank you!"
"Well organized, efficiently run, easy (in-car) testing. Very friendly staff & easy to set up the appointment scheduling process."
"Super easy and very kind and careful staff!"
"The staff was very helpful in getting my appointment on the spot."
"My tester Nikeria was awesome she was kind and explained everything step by step !!"
"The staff was very friendly and quick. I was able to get an appointment within 15 mins from scheduling it."
"Drive up office, nice, clean."
"Great. Very friendly and helpful staff."
"Wonderful people and professional service. Would recommend. Thank you!"
"Experience through the Drive-thru clinic was quick and easy."
"Used the pop up Covid test center on Capitol Way, downtown Olympia. It was easy and fast. I drove up and was able to get tested as soon as I could make an appointment on my phone. Very easy. The bedside manner was very pleasant and I would recommend this to anyone who needs a quick and easy PCR test. Only thing I would do next time is book my appointment before hand."
Effective testing is essential in helping slow the spread of the virus by identifying those who have the virus and enabling treatment or isolation. Testing is also crucial to learn more about how the virus spreads and how prevalent it remains in a given community.
Who should get tested?
As we’ve learned more about how the virus spreads, so, too, has the CDC tweaked its recommendations. Besides testing for people who have symptoms of COVID-19 or upon reference by your healthcare provider or state health department, the CDC now suggests testing for asymptomatic patients who have been exposed to someone with a confirmed case.
According to updated guidance, the CDC says, “Due to the significance of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission, this guidance further reinforces the need to test asymptomatic persons, including close contacts of a person with documented SARS-CoV-2 infection.”
When should I get tested?
CDC recommends that anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. If you get tested because you have symptoms or were potentially exposed to the virus, you should stay away from others pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.
What is a PCR test and how is it different from a rapid antigen test?
While rapid tests look for proteins on the surface of the virus to ascertain the presence of the pathogen, PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests are engineered to seek genetic material called RNA that instructs the virus to make these proteins.
Both tests also require a swab from the back of your nose or throat as a sample and cannot determine whether you are contagious if positive.
In the case of PCR, the sample is sent to a lab where it is heated and cooled using special reagents to convert the virus's RNA into DNA and then make millions of copies of the DNA, which allows for the identification of the organism. Although the sample needs to be sent to a lab, the time-consuming process delivers as the results are almost 100% accurate in spotting infected people when there is virus on the swab.
In contrast, antigen tests — often called rapid tests — work by mixing the sample with a solution that unleashes specific viral proteins. That combination is then applied to a paper strip that contains a bespoke antibody optimized to bind these proteins if they are present. Like a home pregnancy test, the result is reflected as a band on the paper strip.
The process doesn't require a lab and can be done in 15 minutes, but that speed comes at the cost of sensitivity. Although these tests are reliable when an individual has a high viral load, they are far more prone to false-negative results if they have low amounts of the virus in their body.