Drive-thru coronavirus tests begin in Tacoma, but not for everyone

The Tacoma Pierce County Health Department is starting drive-thru testing for the coronavirus at the Tacoma Dome on Saturday. But the testing will not be open to the general public.

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — The Tacoma Pierce County Health Department is starting drive-thru testing for the coronavirus at the Tacoma Dome on Saturday. But the testing will not be open to the general public.

According to the department’s website, the testing will be for “people at higher risk for COVID-19 and those who provide critical services for our community.”

Testing is intended for people who have symptoms — fever, cough and shortness of breath — and:

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Work in health care.

Work in public safety jobs like law enforcement, firefighter, emergency medical services or in pharmacies..

Work in critical infrastructure.

Such as grocery stores, homeless shelters, restaurants, gas stations and public utilities.

Are in a high-risk group.

Over 60, have underlying conditions or are pregnant.

Anyone who wants the test must first fill out an online survey. The Health Department has details on its website: https://www.tpchd.org/healthy-people/diseases/covid-19-drive-through-testing-information