How to get tested for COVID-19
UW Medicine offers drive-up and walk-up testing for those who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
During times of high demand, there is very limited testing available for those without COVID-19 symptoms or a known exposure to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Harborview Medical Center
- 319 Terry Ave (in alley)
- Seattle, WA 98104
- 8:00 am - 3:15 pm
UW Medical Center – Northwest
- 1510 North 115th St (in parking garage)
- Seattle, WA 98133
- 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Other COVID-19 testing sites
UW Medicine Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology testing sites
The Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology at UW Medicine operates additional COVID-19 testing for members of the public through the City of Seattle and King County. These locations are NOT for pre-surgery patients and is NOT part of the Husky Coronavirus Testing program for UW students, faculty and staff. Please note that UW Medicine providers cannot access test results from these locations.
These locations are a self-swab site, where individuals conduct their own swab while being observed by a healthcare provider. Watch this video to see the self-swab testing process from start to finish.
All locations are open Monday – Saturday. Find test location details within the following accordions. Call 206.477.3977 for translation services.
City of Seattle testing sites
The City of Seattle offers additional testing locations. These locations also prioritize those with COVID-19 symptoms or a known exposure. Please note that UW Medicine providers cannot access test results from these locations. Learn more
In-person care at UW Medicine if you have COVID-19 symptoms
If you are experiencing any new symptoms of COVID-19, please visit one of our urgent care clinics. Our UW Medicine providers will evaluate your symptoms, rule out other illnesses and can give the COVID-19 test as needed – simply walk in or “Get in Line” by clicking one of the blue buttons below.
- Ballard Urgent Care
- 1455 NW Leary Way, Suite 145, Seattle, WA 98107
- M – F 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Sat – Sun 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Federal Way Urgent Care
- 32018 23rd Ave. S, Federal Way, WA 98003
- M – F 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Sat – Sun 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Who should get tested for COVID-19 at UW Medicine test sites
How COVID-19 testing works
Schedule your appointment at the COVID-19 Testing Site at Harborview or the COVID-19 Testing Site at UW Medical Center – Northwest. You can usually schedule a test within 24-48 hours.
You must bring a form of identification with you to your appointment — such as a driver’s license or passport — to confirm your identity. Both walk-up and drive-up patients should wear a mask and arrive five minutes before their scheduled test time.
Drive-up patients: Drive-up patients will see signs directing you where to go. To help with traffic flow, please be on time and do not arrive more than 10 minutes prior to your appointment.
Pull up to the testing area and remain in your car with your windows closed. A healthcare provider will signal you when it’s time to lower your car window. You will be asked to verify your name and date of birth.
Walk-up patients: Walk-up patients should not use public transportation or ride share services (to avoid possible transmission). You will be directed to line up. Please maintain 6 feet of distance from other individuals. You will be asked to verify your name and date of birth.
A healthcare provider will put a cotton swab up both nostrils, one after the other, for 10-15 seconds each. The process can be uncomfortable but is rarely painful. Some patients experience a slight nosebleed, which can be controlled using tissue and pressure.
You will be given a QR (quick response) code. This code allows you to use a computer or mobile device to go online and access your test results – usually within 24-48 hours.
While you’re waiting for test results, you should self-quarantine at home. For more information on what to do while you wait, read our follow-up instructions.
If your COVID-19 test result is positive or inconclusive, a healthcare provider will call you to let you know.
How payment for your coronavirus test works
Your insurance and billing information is gathered at the time that you make your COVID-19 testing appointment.
UW Medicine will bill your insurance. If you do not have insurance, you may qualify for assistance through the HRSA uninsured program. More information about health insurance and the coronavirus is available on the Insurance Commissioner’s website.
For all other UW Medicine sites, in partnership with King County or City of Seattle:
If you have insurance, Medicare or Medicaid you must provide this information and UW Medicine will bill them. You will not be charged.
King County and City of Seattle sites provide free COVID-19 testing regardless of immigration or insurance status. They are open for drive-thru or walk-ups/wheel-ups to anyone who cannot access a COVID-19 test through their regular healthcare provider.
Frequently asked questions
No, please do not leave your vehicle. A healthcare provider will take your nose swab while you remain in your car.
If possible, please drive yourself to maintain good physical distancing. However, this is not required. You may still get tested if you’re the passenger instead of the driver. Multiple people who need testing may drive together.
Yes, please bring identification, such as a driver’s license or passport so we can verify your identity. You do not need to show your insurance card or register your vehicle.
Turnaround time for COVID-19 testing varies; it may take up to 24 to 48 hours to receive your test results, although results may be available sooner. We recommend signing up for MyChart, if you don't already have an account, to get your results faster.
For more information on what to do while you wait, read our follow-up instructions.
If you are experiencing any new symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough or shortness of breath but aren’t sure if you should get tested, please visit one of our Respiratory Urgent Care Clinics.
Our UW Medicine providers will evaluate your symptoms, rule out other illnesses and can give the COVID-19 test as needed.
Yes, UW Medicine offers antibody testing for those interested in checking for a past COVID-19 infection.
The antibody test is not the same as a nasal swab test and does not check to see if you have a current COVID-19 infection. People who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should NOT get an antibody test.