New community COVID-19 testing site opens in Richland

Benton County, Richland, Walla Walla, WMC, Tri-Cities, Kittitas County

Correction: Benton-Franklin Health District is not operating the new testing site in Richland; the health district’s community partners are running it, BFHD says. An earlier version of this article stated that BFHD is spearheading the site.

RICHLAND, Wash. — As COVID-19 rates remain exceptionally high across the region, a second community testing site for COVID-19 is opening, helping to ease the burden on the CBC West testing site in Pasco.

According to a social media post by Benton-Franklin Health District on Wednesday, this second COVID-19 testing site will be located at the Columbia Playfield parking lot at 1005 Swift Blvd. This testing site is around the corner from Richland High School and just up the street from the northern edge of Howard Amon Park.

RELATED: CBC West’s COVID-19 testing site lacks staff, resources to meet demand

It will operate from 9:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday each week. This way, people who need to get tested can do so free of cost even when the CBC West location in Pasco is closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

On Tuesday, September 7, the CBC West testing site was overwhelmed with Tri-Cities community members returning from Labor Day weekend. The site reached capacity and was unable to withstand the high volume of testing required by community members.

Annie Goodwin, a spokesperson for BFHD, told KAPP-KVEW on Thursday that the site must close at a certain time to get samples off to the UW lab. An effort is also being made not to overwork staff beyond their eight-hour workday, Goodwin said.

RELATED: One quarter of tests at CBC West return a positive result

Though pre-registration is strongly encouraged for the new Richland site, it is not required. Walk-ups and drive-ups are going to be allowed. However, you can pre-register for appointments as early as the morning of Thursday, September 9 online. To register for a test, you must click here if you’ve had symptoms or click here if you haven’t experienced symptoms.

If you or a loved one would like to locate a COVID-19 vaccination clinic near you, click here.


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