Community Health

COVID-19

Visit WADOH’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard to view our community-level data.

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COVID-19 Testing Options

There are two main types of tests that can tell if you have COVID-19: Antigen or Molecular

  • Antigen tests can be done at-home or done at a testing site
  • Molecular (PCR or NAAT) tests can only done at a testing site

Testing Site

You can get antigen and PCR/NAAT tests through a healthcare provider, clinic, test site, or lab.

Find a Testing Site

Contact your healthcare provider, pharmacist or a local healthcare clinic for available testing options.

Whitman County Healthcare Providers & Clinics

Antigen Self-Tests

Antigen self-tests, also called at-home tests or rapid self-tests, tell you if you have COVID‑19 in 15‑30 minutes. They may miss early infection. If you have COVID‑19 symptoms and test negative, repeat your test in 12 to 24 hours.

When to use these tests:

  • If you have symptoms or a close contact or someone in your household is exposed or has COVID‑19 symptoms
  • For work or schools (check with your employer/school to see what type of tests they accept)
  • Before or after family gatherings, parties, or holiday functions
  • After large events such as a sports games or faith-based services and after travel

Do not use a COVID-19 self-test in these situations:

  • To meet travel requirements
  • If you have already been tested at a testing site or health care provider and are waiting for results. Wait for your results and follow guidance.

No Cost Antigen Self-Tests

Pickup

Whitman County Public Health has distributed thousands of rapid self-tests to the following community locations for quick pickup access:

  • Pullman Police Department
  • Whitman County Rural District Libraries
  • Washington State University
  • Whitman County Public Health

Mailed

You can also request free tests be mailed to your home through Washington State Department of Health's Say Yes! COVID Test program. Use the link below to make a request or call 1-800-525-0127.

Request Free Tests

Buy

You can purchase rapid tests in stores, pharmacies and online.

If you have insurance, you can request to be reimbursed. Insurance providers will reimburse families for up to eight tests per month.

Insurance Reimbursement Information

My test is positive. Now what?

If your test is positive,

  • You most likely have COVID-19, even if you don’t have symptoms
  • You don’t have to confirm the result by going to a lab, clinic, or testing site
  • You do not need another test to seek treatment

What to do

Isolate for 5 days. Continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days after leaving isolation.

If you are at higher risk from the disease, view Whitman County's Treatment Options below to find early treatment options.

Tell your close contacts and household members you have tested positive.

Notify your employer or school.

Report rapid test results to Washington State Department of Health using one of the following two options:

Report online. Go to safercovid.org/mytest, select your state, then complete the online form with your test results.

Report by phone. Call 1-800-525-0127 and press # (press #7 for Spanish, or speak the language you need when the call is connected).

If you need food or other assistance while isolating or quarantining, visit Care Connect Washington below or call/text the program hotline at 1-833-453-0336.

COVID-19 Treatments Options

If you are at high risk for being hospitalized for COVID, it is important to getting tested soon and treated early. Oral antiviral pills or other treatment options may lower the chances of your illness getting worse if taken within 5 days of symptoms. There is no cost for treatment regardless of insurance or immigration status.

Here are three ways to receive treatment:

Speak to your healthcare provider first.

Your provider can give you a prescription that can be filled at participating pharmacies or anywhere antivirals are available.

Schedule a telehealth appointment through Department of Health.

If you do not have a health care provider or cannot be seen within 48 hours, contact Washington State Department of Health at 1–800–525–0127, then press # or go to doh.wa.gov/Covid19Telehealth to schedule a free telehealth appointment, available in 240 languages. Patients without the ability to have a video visit can have a phone visit. If you have already been tested, you may bring your test result from an at-home (antigen) test or a testing site to your telehealth visit. The test should be taken in the treatment window within 5 days of the onset of symptoms.


Visit a Test to Treat clinic to receive testing and treatment in one visit.

To find a clinic, enter your zip code into the Test to Treat locator or call 1-800-232-0233.

Information last updated on
Dec 2, 2022