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

Photo courtesy of FWPS
Federal Way Mirror Female Athlete of the Week for Sept. 17: Ashley Lee

TBHS sophomore works hard on and off the golf course.

Photo courtesy of FWPS
Federal Way Mirror Male Athlete of the Week for Sept. 17: Alverez Filisi-Hemphill

Todd Beamer High School senior excels in the classroom, on the football field and with JROTC.

Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror
3 Federal Way nonprofits receive Waste Management grants for sustainability work

$47,000 given to the Multi-Service Center, Goodwill and South King Tool Library.

T
Meet King County Council District 7 candidate Dominique Torgerson

Torgerson is running against incumbent Pete von Reichbauer in the Nov. 3 general election.

T
Meet King County Council District 7 candidate Pete von Reichbauer

Incumbent is running against challenger Dominique Torgerson in the Nov. 3 general election.

Mirror file photo
Man, 41, found dead in Des Moines garage after reported shooting

A 33-year-old woman was arrested at the scene, police say.

Photo courtesy of Red Robin Gourmet Burger's Facebook page
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers is returning to Federal Way

New location expected to open in early November, company says.

A volunteer packs grocery items into a paper bag at the MSC Food Bank on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo
Multi-Service Center food bank in need of volunteers

The Federal Way food bank is seeing an increase in customers.

Most Read