Enumclaw’s free COVID-19 testing site is relocating.
According to Mayor Jan Molinaro, the old testing site (located at the Mutual of Enumclaw parking lot on 1512 Wells Street) will now be located at the gravel parking lot of Enumclaw Middle School (550 Semanski St. S.).
For the move, the testing site will close at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, and re-open 11 a.m. Thursday, May 27.
The testing site will remain open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Despite the wide availability of vaccines, the general relaxation of coronavirus restrictions may be playing a part in sustained COVID activity in Enumclaw.
According to King County data, the tail end of April and the beginning of May have seen enough cases to bring Enumclaw’s 7-day average to 8.7 cases a day — matching the 7-day average when the city saw its largest case spike back in December 2020.
As of Sunday, May 23, the city has seen 1,060 cases total, and the numbers show little sign of slowing. It’s estimated the city could reach 1,200 cases in the next few weeks, meaning about 10 percent of the city has been infected by the coronavirus.
Enumclaw has experienced two additional hospitalizations in May, bringing its total to 67.
There have been no new deaths this month, keeping the total death count at 30.
Enumclaw’s metrics continue to be higher than King County as a whole; county data shows that 8 percent of COVID tests in the city come back positive, while in King County, only 4.4 percent of all tests come back positive.
Similarly, Enumclaw’s hospitalization rate is up at 6.3 percent, whereas the county’s hospitalization rate is at 5.6 percent.
The death rate in Enumclaw is at 2.8 percent; in King County, 1.5 percent.