COVID-19: How to Register for Free Testing

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The City of Seattle is now offering free COVID-19 testing, for all ages, across Seattle through a partnership with King County and UW Medicine. Drive-through and walk-up testing is available, but you must first register online.

Who Can Get Tested for Free?

If you live, work, or regularly visit Seattle, and you are experiencing a symptom(s) of COVID-19 ​and/or​ you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19​ within the past 14 days, you can be tested for free.

If you attended large gatherings, you MAY have been exposed. You are strongly urged to get tested for COVID-19 if you develop ANY symptoms. Taking proactive steps to protect your health, such as wearing a mask, avoiding physical contact, and regularly washing your hands, can cut down on your risks of contracting the virus, even in large gatherings. 

COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • fever or chills
  • cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • fatigue
  • muscle or body aches
  • headache
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • sore throat
  • congestion or runny nose
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhea 

What you'll need to get free testing:

  • A photo ID with your date of birth. Testing is available regardless of your citizenship/immigration status.
  • Insurance card, if you have insurance.  If you have insurance, Medicare or Medicaid you must provide this information and UW Medicine will bill them. You will not be charged for the test. You do not need to have insurance or a doctor's note to schedule a test.

1. Schedule a Test

Have Symptoms? Schedule here.

If you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms listed above, get tested as soon as possible. Schedule a test for people with symptoms:

Schedule a test if you have symptoms

Don't Have Symptoms? Schedule below.

If you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 but you don't have symptoms, you can still get a free test. Choose a site below to schedule a symptom-free test. Testing sites are open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm unless stated otherwise.

Get Help Scheduling a Test

Call 206-684-2489 for assistance.
Phone hours: Monday - Saturday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tell us your language in English to talk to an interpreter.

Download the testing information packet
Learn about the testing sites, process, and results.

What to expect from the testing sign-up forms:

  • Forms are in English only.
  • You will need to choose an appointment time.
  • You will be asked to enter insurance information if you have insurance.
  • You do not need to create an account.

What to do after you schedule a test:

  • You will receive multiple confirmation texts from Solv. Open the link in these texts to finish signing up for your test.
  • If you already entered your insurance information when you scheduled your test, you do not need to enter it again. Your form will be blank to keep your information secure.

 

2. Visit the Testing Site

  • After registration, you will be able to drive or walk to the testing site at your scheduled time.
  • The process will take about 15 minutes. Wear your face covering when visiting the site.
  • After the test, remember to save the QR code that is given to you at the test site. Here's an example of the QR code:

Example of QR Code

 

3. Get Your Results

  • Access your results directly by taking a photo of your QR phone, OR
  • Visit the UW Medicine website and key in the 16-digit retrieval code and your date of birth on the page. 
  • We are currently experiencing longer turnaround times than usual that will continue through the weekend.  Expect results in 48-72 hours. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Anyone with these symptoms:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches, headache
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea  
  • Anyone who has had close contact for more than 15 minutes with someone who has the virus.  
    • If you think you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who does, STAY AWAY FROM OTHERS AND GET TESTED.

  • If you have insurance, Medicare or Medicaid you must provide this information and UW Medicine will bill them. You will not be charged for the test and will not receive a bill. You do not need to have insurance or a doctor's note to schedule a test. 
  • If you are uninsured, UW Medicine will seek reimbursement directly from the federal uninsured COVID testing fund for the cost of your test. At the site you will be asked to provide one piece of identification such as your driver's license, Washington State ID, or social security number to enable UW Medicine to bill the federal uninsured COVID testing fund. Testing is available regardless of your citizenship/immigration status.  
  • Reimbursement from insurance, Medicaid, Medicare and the federal uninsured COVID testing fund is necessary in order to offer testing free of charge to you.

  • You will receive a text message with a link where you can change or cancel your appointment. 
  • The Customer Service Bureau can help troubleshoot issues using Solv but does not have access to additional appointment times.  The Customer Service Bureau can be reached at (206) 684-2489.  
  • You are strongly encouraged to pre-register. We can only accept patients without an appointment if you have: 1) symptoms or 2) exposure to a KNOWN positive. 

  • We are currently experiencing longer turnaround times than usual that will continue through the weekend.  Expect results in 48-72 hours. 
  • This test is a molecular RT-PCR test that detects COVID-19.  It is not an antibody test.  The sample is collected using a nasopharyngeal swab for adults. Different swabs are used for children that swab the front of the nasal cavity.
  • For more details about the test, please refer to: https://testguide.labmed.uw.edu/public/guideline/covid_faq

  • You must stay away from other people until you are better. Use a separate bedroom and bathroom, if possible. If not, stay at least six feet apart from others while sleeping or talking.
  • Visit the King County Public Health Website for more information: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/checkin.aspx.
  • For support interpreting your results, call your provider or King County's COVID-19 Call Center at 206-477-3977. The line is open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.  The King County COVID-19 Call Center can also help you if you have no safe place to stay apart from others.
  • If you have a negative result, but have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, stay away from others for 14 days. It can take up to two weeks for symptoms to appear.

  • You might receive a call from state or county health officials if you test positive. The caller will help figure out if you have exposed family, friends or co-workers to the virus. They will not ask about your immigration status, social security number or finances. Any information they collect will only be shared with public health professionals who are working to contain the virus. The caller can also help connect you to any support you might need.

  • We strongly encourage you to take a photo of your QR code for safe keeping, but if you lose your QR code or have trouble accessing your results, call University of Washington Medicine at 1-833-562-1212 for technical assistance.  

  • The results from all COVID-19 tests flow into the Washington Disease Reporting System (WDRS), an electronic disease surveillance system that allows public health staff in Washington state to receive, enter, manage, process, track and analyze disease-related data.  As part of this flow, results are shared with Public Health Seattle-King County.  Washington State and King County publish aggregated COVID-19 data every day on their websites.  Find aggregated COVID-19 data for Washington state on this website and for King County on this website.

Seattle Testing made possible in partnership with:

Seattle Fire Department Shield     University of Washington Medicine       US Digital Response   Public Health Seattle & King County