The Clatsop County Public Health Department is offering drive-through testing for COVID-19.
The testing takes place by appointment only Mondays and Wednesdays at the county’s Household Hazardous Waste disposal facility at 1780 Williamsport Road, next to the Recology waste transfer station in Astoria. Testing will be open to Clatsop County residents age 15 or older, with priority given to people with symptoms.
People interested in receiving a test must first call the Public Health Department at (503) 325-8500 to make an appointment. Spanish speakers are also welcome to call the same number.
Callers will be asked a series of health-screening questions and will be assigned a time to show up during the next testing day.
Both antigen testing (‘rapid testing’) and PCR testing are available. Public Health staff can help you choose which is the most appropriate test based on your reasons for getting tested.
The program will involve the nasal swab test to detect active COVID-19 infections; it does not offer the antibody test.
If you need a PCR test, please have your insurance information available before calling. Public Health will collect the test sample at no charge, but a lab processing fee may be charged to participants. If your insurance does not cover your test, a bill will come to you directly from either Quest or LabCorp and you will need to pay them. Clatsop County Department of Public Health will not send you a bill. Check with your insurance provider to discuss whether the test is covered. PCR test results can take up to 7 days, but currently they usually return in 3-4 days.
If you are taking the antigen test (‘rapid test’) participants will be contacted about their test results later that same day. Community member who are symptomatic or contacts of cases, especially those who live or work in group settings, are highly encouraged to get tested. Testing is an important tool to control the spread of COVID-19. A positive result is highly accurate, but a negative result does not rule out an infection. A person with COVID-19 symptoms who receives a negative result from an antigen test should follow up with a PCR test to confirm that he or she is not infected.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have any of the following symptoms you need to call your primary care doctor or seek care immediately at urgent care or the emergency room instead of waiting for a community testing appointment:
- Feel short of breath when trying to speak in full sentences or do simple activities
- Coughing up blood
- Blue lips/blue face
- Severe and constant pain or pressure in the chest
- Feeling dizzy, light headed, too weak to stand
- Slurring speech
- Feel urgent need to seek care
NO PETS – Please do not bring pets in your car to the testing site. Excited pets may bump their owner, potentially causing injury, or may perceive the medical staff as a threat. If you bring your pet, you will be turned away.