Enumclaw is playing host to a new COVID-19 testing site that is free for local residents.
The testing site will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and is located at 1512 Wells St., right across from city hall. Testing began with Mayor Jan Molinaro on Dec. 10.
“I’m so pleased that the city of Enumclaw is able to support and partner with Mutual of Enumclaw and Public Health – Seattle & King County for a testing site in our area,” Molinaro stated in a press release. “I encourage residents in Enumclaw and the surrounding communities to take advantage of this test site so as a community we continue to battle down COVID and move to everyone’s goal of lifting restrictions as soon as possible.”
According to Public Health — Seattle & King County, Enumclaw’s COVID-19 rates and hospitalizations are higher than in King County as a whole, but “the number of people getting tested for COVID-19 is lower than in other parts of King County.”
King County’s COVID-19 dashboard shows Enumclaw is experiencing a positive case rate of 2,532 cases per 100,000 residents, compared to the county’s overall rate of 2,289 cases per 100,000 residents.
The county’s hospitalization rate is 158 hospitalizations per 100,000 residents; Enumclaw’s is 311 hospitalizations per 100,000 residents.
Enumclaw’s testing rate is 25,541 people tested per 100,000 residents; the county’s overall testing rate is 31,433 per 100,000 residents.
“This new testing site will help us serve people in rural King County who would otherwise face a long journey to get tested,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “As we all know, testing is just one of our safeguards against the threat of this virus – a threat we can dramatically reduce by taking actions such as mask wearing and being careful about social distancing.”
People who want to get tested can walk or drive up to the testing site, but are encouraged to register for a time slot by heading to www.solvhealth.com/book-online/pYWRj0.
Test results are returned in 24 to 48 hours.