King County has moved its Auburn community testing site from the GSA complex to Boeing’s Auburn facility at 2400 Perimeter Road, enabling 1,000 COVID-19 tests to be performed each day. The move builds on the ongoing partnership with Boeing to bring critical COVID-19 resources to southern King County. At the end of March, the county moved its Auburn vaccination clinic to the Auburn Outlet Mall at 1101 Outlet Collection Way, also with support from Boeing. This site remains fully operational.
Maintaining Critical Access to Testing in South King County
Although vaccination efforts continue to expand in King County, recent trends in infections and hospitalizations show that the threat of COVID-19 is still real. Testing at the first sign of illness or exposure is a key tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and higher test positivity rates in southern King County, compared to other areas, are increasing further the need for continued access to testing.
The COVID-19 testing site at Boeing’s Auburn facility has the capacity to conduct up to 1,000 tests per day, all free and accessible regardless of immigration or insurance status. The continued partnership between the county government, the city of Auburn and partners like Boeing has supported ongoing COVID-19 prevention strategies.
“Free, accessible and effective COVID-19 tests remain essential to reduce hospitalizations and slow the spread of infection,” said Dow Constantine, Director of King County. “We appreciate the support of our community partners to ensure that this crucial resource is maintained even as vaccinations increase.”
“Once again, our partners at Public Health – Seattle & King County have found a way to improve COVID-19 services to Auburn so that we can continue the fight against this virus and move closer to ending the threat that weighs on our vulnerable residents of southern King County, ”Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus said. “Thanks to Boeing for the thoughtful planning that went into this new site and to our federal partner GSA for hosting the original test site in Auburn. We couldn’t do any of this alone.
“South King County continues to be the front line in our battle against COVID-19,” said Pete von Reichbauer, member of King County Council. “While we continue to make progress in our vaccination efforts, this initiative is helping to ensure adequate screening capacity for anyone who is showing symptoms or has been exposed to the virus.”
Opening of COVID-19 test site in Auburn
“Our neighbors in southern King County have been affected by the pandemic to a greater degree than most surrounding communities, which is why we are committed to making it easier for local residents to access COVID-19 resources,” said Melissa Fleener, Auburn Site Leader for Boeing. “We are excited to share our Auburn facility with Public Health – Seattle & King County so they can conduct COVID-19 testing seamlessly, while continuing to support the Department of Health’s large immunization site in Outlet Collection shopping center in Auburn. ”
“Our community partners are still engaged in proven COVID-19 prevention strategies, such as testing,” said Patty Hayes, director of public health – Seattle & King County. “Although we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, we are not in the clear and testing is essential.”
COVID-19 Test Information
If you have a sign or symptom of COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should immediately isolate yourself from others and get tested.
More information on how to secure test appointments is available on the Public Health website COVID-19 Testing Web Page.
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