Free drive-up COVID-19 testing will be available in downtown Ketchikan for three days next week: Tuesday, May 12 through Thursday, May 14. That’s according to a statement from Ketchikan’s emergency operations center.
Drivers won’t have to leave their cars — healthcare workers will conduct the test from outside the vehicle.
Testing is still restricted to people with symptoms, but the list of symptoms has expanded.
There are the familiar flu-like symptoms — like a fever, cough or trouble breathing — but also nearly a dozen others: a diminished sense of taste or smell, diarrhea, chills, headache, joint or muscle aches, nausea, fatigue, a rash, runny nose or sore throat.
Officials encourage anyone with one or more of those symptoms to get a free coronavirus test.
Those seeking a test will need to wear a face covering and bring a photo I.D. Results are expected to take about three days.
Cars will enter the testing site at Berth 3 from the intersection of Front and Dock streets in downtown Ketchikan.
The free tests will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week.
Those without vehicles can call the Ketchikan testing hotline at 247-TEST (247-8378) and schedule a free walk-up appointment. Those will likely take place at Creekside Family Health Clinic, according to an emergency operations center spokesperson.