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Program is not open to general public; 45 tests given on caregivers and patients Friday

COURTESY PHOTO - Providence Health launched a pilot program for drive-through COVID-19 testing Friday, March 20. Testing is by appointment and doctor's order only. Providence Health & Services began a pilot program for drive-through COVID-19 testing Friday, completing 45 tests on caregivers and patients who had physician orders and an appointment.

There are currently two test sites — one on the eastside and the other on the westside — and they are not open to the public.

With a doctor's order, patients can make an appointment and drive to one of the sites (no walk-ins are allowed). Once the appointment is confirmed on-site, patients are directed to a testing tent where they remain in their car while a health care provider takes a swab on the inside of their nose.

Providence expects to operate the site during weekdays.

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