The Federal Way COVID-19 testing site, operated by King County at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, has seen nearly 5,000 new visitors since the beginning of August. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror

The Federal Way COVID-19 testing site, operated by King County at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, has seen nearly 5,000 new visitors since the beginning of August. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror

King County COVID-19 testing sites see surge in visitors

The county’s Federal Way site has seen nearly 5,000 new patients for testing since the beginning of August.

COVID-19 testing sites in King County have seen a 20-50% increase in volume in the past month, likely driven by a rise in Delta variant cases, increased travel and other factors, according to public health officials.

“We are seeing a surge in testing throughout King County, including sites not operated by Public Health,” said Sharon Bogan, a spokesperson for Public Health – Seattle & King County. “We are experiencing similar numbers to last winter.”

At the Federal Way testing site, 923 people were tested on Monday, Aug. 16 — the highest number of visitors in the past two weeks. Since the beginning of August, the Federal Way site has seen nearly 5,000 new patients and 4,226 returning patients for virus testing.

In June, prior to this recent surge in COVID-19 cases, many testing sites had reduced staffing to accommodate a lower volume of patients. The county is now working to increase staff once again to meet demand, Bogan said.

The rise in cases is likely the result of multiple factors including increased spread of the more contagious Delta variant and increased social gatherings, travel and other activities with businesses reopening and fewer people wearing masks, Bogan said.

There has been a steady increase in testing volume since June, Bogan said. In the last week of June, the site averaged 152 tests per day compared with the average of 714 tests a day in the second week of August.

The Federal Way site is scheduled to remain open until at least Dec. 31.

Operation of the site depends on positivity rates in South King County, the demand for testing, and the availability of funding, Bogan said.

Free COVID-19 testing is available from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 650 SW Campus Drive in Federal Way.

To view other testing sites in King County, visit kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/testing.aspx.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@federalwaymirror.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.federalwaymirror.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

File photo
$35K stolen from local HOA bank account | Police blotter

Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log Jan. 19-25.

K9 Beny stands before the 75 pounds of pills found in a vehicle on Jan. 14. Photo courtesy of the California Highway Patrol
Federal Way woman arrested in record-setting fentanyl bust in California

Driver and passenger found transporting $3M worth of pills.

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA, who pushed for broadband funding in Washington schools. (Screenshot from murray.senate.gov)
American Rescue Plan Act funding approved for broadband investments in WA schools

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray pushed for the funding, which will benefit several King County school districts.

tsr
Federal Way police arrest suspect in fatal carjacking

35-year-old Tacoma man charged with murder in “random, brutal and senseless carjacking,” prosecutors say.

Courtesy photo
State offers free at-home COVID-19 tests

You can order the tests through the state’s new online portal.

Sen. Mona Das, D-47
Kent Democratic Sen. Mona Das proposes 1% cut in state sales tax

Starting in 2023; Republicans voice support for Senate Bill 5932

File photo
Non-profit sponsors study on how the pandemic impacted arts and culture in Puget Sound

The study helped identify challenges faced by residents and cultural organizations in Washington

Most Read