Kitsap County Community COVID-19 Testing Site


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The Kitsap Public Health District and Kitsap County Emergency Operations Center, in partnership with various community organizations, offer drive-through community COVID-19 testing sites. These sites provide additional low-barrier testing options with short wait times (typically 1-2 days) for receiving test results. 

Testing is available regardless of health insurance status. A medical appointment is not required for testing. 


Testing is available for anyone who:


Advance registration and an appointment are required

To ensure adequate testing supplies and avoid long wait times, those needing COVID-19 testing must register online or by phone to schedule an appointment.

Current Sites

LocationDates and TimesSpecimen Collection MethodsRegistration Link

Pendergast Regional Park

1199 Union Ave W, Bremerton

Site map

 

 

The testing site opens
Monday, October 26, 2020

Hours of operation:

Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nasal or saliva*

*Individuals seeking saliva testing should not eat, drink, chew gum, or put anything in their mouths for at least one hour prior to their appointment. 

This includes any food, any drink (including water and coffee), mints, candies, gum, lozenges, tobacco products, etc.

This type of testing is recommended for individuals with medium or severe symptoms at time of testing.

Registration Site

Instructions for how to register for an appointment. Test Directly How-To_10222020 KITSAP Final.pdf

Individuals without internet access or who need help registering can call the Kitsap Public Health District at
(360) 728-2235, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The City of Bainbridge Island is also conducting a COVID-19 community testing site. For more information, click here.

For a list of medical clinics and pharmacies in Kitsap County offering COVID-19 testing, click here.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

When should I get tested?

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, even mild, you should get tested.

If you have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, talk to your healthcare provider about how soon to get tested. It is recommended that individuals who have had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case get tested 5 to 8 days after last exposure. Getting tested too soon may result in a false negative result.

See additional testing criteria.


How much does testing cost?

Testing is available at no cost to most individuals.

  • If you have insurance, your insurance will be billed for the cost of the test. You must provide insurance information for billing purposes when you schedule an appointment.

  • If you do not have insurance, you can be tested at no cost to you through a federal program administered through the Federal Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA).  You will need to attest to your absence of insurance and enroll in this program that covers all testing and treatment costs related to COVID-19.

  • Individuals also have the option to self-pay. If you get tested at the Pendergast Park location and want to self-pay, the cost will be $125 per test.


What testing method should I use? 

A nasal specimen requires wiping the inside of each nostril for fifteen seconds (sing "Happy Birthday") with a polyester nasal swab. Nasal swab collections can be used for people with symptoms (even mild symptoms) and people without symptoms who meet testing criteria. For information on how nasal specimens are collected, click here.  

Saliva collection involves salivating into a container. It is primarily recommended for people with moderate or severe symptoms at time of testing. Individuals seeking saliva testing should not eat, drink, chew gum, or put anything in their mouths for at least 1 hour prior to their appointment.  This includes any food, any drink (including water and coffee), mints, candies, gum, lozenges, tobacco products, etc. For information on how saliva specimens are collected, click here .


How will I get my test results?

If you provided an email address when you registered online for your appointment: You will receive an email from Test Directly informing you as soon as your results are ready from Northwest Laboratory.  The email will direct you as to how to access your results.

Please log in to: https://www.TestDirectly.com/patient/report and insert your unique order ID, access key, and date of birth to download the report.

If you have any issues with this process, please call Kitsap Public Health District at (360) 728-2235.

How long will it take to get my test results?

Test results are usually ready within 48 hours of your completed appointment.

What should I do while I wait for my test results?

Stay home and limit your contact with other people. For more information, click here.


What do I do after I get my test results?

If you test positive for COVID-19: Stay home except to get medical care. Someone from your local health department will call you to conduct a public health interview. If you live in Kitsap County, someone from Kitsap Public Health District will call you. For more information, click here.

If you test negative for COVID-19: You probably were not infectious at the time your sample was collected; however, that does not mean you are not early in your infection and will not get sick. It is possible that you were very early in your infection (the viral "incubation period") when your sample was collected and that you could test positive later.

If you have COVID-19-like symptoms, you should stay home until your symptoms have resolved. If you have a fever, stay home until you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.  If your symptoms worsen, you should consider repeat testing and see your healthcare provider.

Where should I go if I want to learn more about getting health insurance?

Peninsula Community Health Services provides assistance in enrolling in qualified health plans, Apple Health, and Medicare. For Apple Health and qualified health plans, call (360) 377-3776. For assistance with Medicare, call (360) 475-3095.

Washington Health Benefit Exchange Customer Support Center assists individuals with enrolling in qualified health plans and can be reached at 1-855-923-4633.

Washington Healthcare Authority assists individuals with enrolling in Apple Health and can be reached at 1-800-562-3022.

 

Additional Resources


Kitsap Public Health District

Kitsap Public Health District COVID-19 Webpage

Washington State Department of Health

COVID-19 Testing Webpage

Information sheets:

You have confirmed or suspected COVID-19

You were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19

You have symptoms of COVID-19