As the Omicron surge in COVID cases continues, today Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell announced in January new testing options for residents.

“We know that testing — along with vaccines, masks, and social distancing — is key to tackling this pandemic, which is why Seattle is launching a new testing site and swifter tests through our partnership with Curative,” Harrell said.

A new Curative testing kiosk has launched at the Seattle Pacific University campus. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Student Union, 315 W. Bertona St. People can make an appointment via https://book.curative.com/search?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery#9/47.5357/-122.3503.

Because this is not a drive-up site, people can park in the SPU parking lots.

Existing Curative sites at the Paramount Theater, Convention Center and Garfield Playfield will be adding expanded capacity and a new type of rapid PCR test to deliver faster results later this month.

Rapid PCR tests detect viral RNA, which is a more direct and sensitive method of detection, leading to higher accuracy of test within two hours.

Locations for new rapid PCR tests include:

• Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St.; open noon to 7 p.m.

• Washington State Convention Center, 705 Pike St.; open 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Garfield Playfield-Tennis Court, 501-653 25th Ave.; open 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Additional city testing sites include fixed locations with UW Medicine and Curative kiosks placed throughout Seattle Appointments are strongly encouraged at all locations and sites.

Because of an increase in testing volumes at all sites, longer wait times in line should be expected. Results may take up to 48 to 72 hours for non-rapid PCR tests. For more on any of the sites, visit www.seattle.gov/covid-19-testing.

 

UW Lab locations

Aurora Drive Through

Harborview

Rainier Beach

SODO Drive Through

University District

UW Medical Center Northwest

West Seattle

Visit the UW website for more locations, https://www.uwmedicine.org/coronavirus/testing.

Curative locations

Paramount Theater

Seattle Center

Summit Public School: Atlas

Don Armeni Boat Ramp / West Seattle

Mount Baker Light Rail

WA State Convention Center

Garfield Playfield

Seattle University

Gas Works Park

Lower Woodland Park

Northgate

Seattle Pacific University

Visit the Curative website for more locations:  https://book.curative.com/search#9/47.5357/-122.3503.