A health care worker administers a COVID-19 test in the Highline College East parking lot, where testing will take place 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday. Courtesy photo

A health care worker administers a COVID-19 test in the Highline College East parking lot, where testing will take place 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday. Courtesy photo

Highline College hosts COVID-19 testing every Wednesday

Testing is available regardless of immigration status or age, free to those without health insurance.

COVID-19 testing is now available on campus at Highline College in Des Moines.

In partnership with UW Medicine and Harborview Medical Center, the college is hosting testing from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday, according to an Aug. 18 news release. A mobile testing site is located in the East parking lot (2400 S. 240th St., Des Moines, Wash.) for the weekly testing opportunities.

Those looking to get tested are encouraged to drive to the site, however walk-up testing is also available. Testing is available regardless of immigration status or age.

The test is free to those who do not have health insurance, and organizers will work to develop a process to bill insurance for those that have it.

More than 100 people in the community have already been tested at the site, which began operating Aug. 12. A second testing site is also available at the Kent acesso ShoWare Center for people who live in South King County.

“Highline College microbiology students in spring 2020 had the idea to get more testing in South King County to help to address the dire issue of health inequity for communities of color in our region,” said Highline College instructor Colleen Sheridan. “With the expertise of the UW/Harborview Ambulatory Care team and the support of many state and local departments, we are able to bring this service to our Highline College campus.”

Sheridan teaches pre-allied health courses in the Life, Ocean and General Sciences department.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “long-standing systemic health and social inequities have put many people from racial and ethnic minority groups at increased risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19.”

With approximately 70 percent of Highline College students identifying as people of color, the new testing site has the potential to help some of King County’s most vulnerable populations, the release said.

“By bringing a COVID-19 testing site to Highline College, we are all helping to provide our community with greater access to health resources, and thus working to reduce the racial inequities in COVID-19 cases,” Sheridan said. “I am so proud to be part of the amazing teams at Highline that made this happen and I can’t wait to tell my students that it was their idea that became a reality and to work with them to find more ways to help.”

To learn more about COVID-19 testing, visit Public Health — Seattle & King County.

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