Expanded, free COVID-19 testing options are available throughout King County: https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/care/testing/locations.aspx.
Public Health recommends testing as soon as you notice symptoms, which include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
If you have been at protests or other gatherings and wonder if you’ve been exposed and/or if you really do have symptoms (is that runny nose due to allergies?), please consider getting tested or contact your primary care provider for guidance. The testing threshold is very low right now. The SODO drive-through location and their set-up is very efficient.
Here is information specific to protests and COVID-19:
Another testing option is to consider participating in Public Health’s SCAN project: https://scanpublichealth.org/. SCAN grew out of the Seattle Flu Study and is unique in that a courier drops a self-test kit off at your doorstep and then it is picked up a few hours later or the next day. Their aim is to understand the spread of COVID-19 throughout King County among people with symptoms and those who are asymptomatic. Enrollment opens at 2 pm each day; there are a limited number of kits available in each zip code and age group. More information in their FAQ: https://scanpublichealth.org/faq.