Demand is high for Covid-19 tests in Snohomish County and in response, more testing capacity will open tomorrow. In partnership with the Snohomish Health District, Washington State Department of Health, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a new testing site will open this weekend at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe.

The site will open on Saturday, January 22nd at 1130 AM and run through 6 PM. The site will then continue daily operations from 830 AM to 6 PM seven days a week. Appointments are available right now through January 25th with additional days added on a rolling basis.

Registration is strongly encouraged according to the Snohomish Health District. Registration can be done online at https://ineedacovid19test.com/ and clicking on Washington.

Washington State Department of Health Secretary Dr. Umair A. Shah said, “Testing is a critical part of preventing the spread of Covid-19 and we are thrilled to see this partnership come together to support people who need tests in the Snohomish County area.”

Nearly 2,000 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Snohomish County last week. The county surpassed the 100,000-case mark since the first case in the county and the nation was identified two years ago.

Dr. Chris Spitters, Health Officer for the Snohomish Health District noted, “This site will be able to do 1,000 tests per day, which brings much needed capacity for our community. We know this will help ease the crunch being felt by people in need who have been having a hard time finding testing during the omicron surge.”

For Snohomish County residents with limited or no internet access, the Health District’s call center at 425-339-5278 is open from 830 AM to 430 PM on weekdays. Staff can help register people for testing appointments. If testing appointments are full, additional testing resources are found at http://snohd.org/549/Additional-Testing-Resources/

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers added, “We are grateful to our federal, state, and local partners for ensuring these much-needed resources will be available to help Snohomish County’s residents. Over the past two years, we have learned that we are more nimble, more resilient, and stronger when we work together.”

North Sound Meteorologist Ted Buehner worked more than 40 years for the National Weather Service (NWS) from 1977 to 2018. He is now an Everett Post Media team member. Together with Everett Post Weather Minute Podcasts, he provides morning and afternoon commute traffic and weather updates on both KRKO and KXA Radio, and sports reporting on KRKO.