Free Testing in Cashmere and Wenatchee
Information released by CDHD
The Chelan-Douglas Health District has scheduled free drive-through COVID-19 testing in Wenatchee and Cashmere that will be available to anyone but specifically targeting college students returning home for the holidays.
The first of those will be timed in advance of the Thanksgiving break — November 19 & 20 in Cashmere. and November 21 & 22 in Wenatchee. Testing prior to the Christmas break will take place on December 19 & 20 at Wenatchee High School.
Although pre-registration is not required, the health district encourages pre-registration through Lifeline Ambulance. This will help to reduce wait times at the testing site in Wenatchee. Just click the registration links below to pre-register.
Thursday, November 19: Cashmere High School Drive-thru, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, November 20: Cashmere High School Drive-thru, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, November 21 & 22: Wenatchee High School Drive-thru, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Pre-register here
Saturday & Sunday, December 19 & 20: Wenatchee High School Drive-thru, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Pre-register here
Ideally, college students should be tested prior to returning to the family home. Many Washington colleges and universities are offering COVID-19 testing. Families also should encourage their college students to quarantine the week prior to coming home, or to limit their gathering and wear a mask when interacting with others.
“If your college students can’t be tested prior to coming home, use our free testing site but be prepared to ask your students to wear a mask around the house until results are learned,” said Dr. Malcolm Butler, health officer with Chelan-Douglas Health District. “Or, better yet, ask them to quarantine in their rooms until they receive their results. The emphasis should be on keeping your household safe.” Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms when they arrive home should go to Confluence Health for a test. Information about area testing sites and COVID-19 symptoms is available on the CDHD website.