Testing does not increase disease – it allows for containment of disease.
Adequate testing simply allows for early identification of cases, which leads to quick isolation to ensure the disease is not passed beyond close contacts. Close contacts can then successfully quarantine to stop the spread. Increased testing directly correlates to a reduction in disease activity.
Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms, may have been exposed to coronavirus, or simply is concerned about their COVID-19 status, should come get tested.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported—from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
Benton and Franklin Counties now offer free COVID-19 testing for anyone over 2 years old. Testing is available regardless of your citizenship/immigration status. You do not need to have insurance to be tested.
You can pre-register online for a faster testing experience. Choose a time close to your arrival time. Testing demand is currently high which has impacted wait times. Please keep that in mind as you plan your visit.
Seek medical care immediately if someone has emergency warning signs of COVID-19:
- Trouble breathing/shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your healthcare provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
What is the Difference Between COVID-19 and Seasonal Allergies?
COVID-19 is a contagious respiratory illness caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19). Seasonal allergies triggered by airborne pollen can lead to seasonal allergic rhinitis, which affects the nose and sinuses, and seasonal allergic conjunctivitis, which affects the eyes.
COVID-19 and seasonal allergies share many symptoms, but there are some key differences between the two. For example, COVID-19 can cause fever, which is not a common symptom of seasonal allergies. The image below compares symptoms caused by allergies and COVID-19.
Because some of the symptoms of COVID-19 and seasonal allergies are similar, it may be difficult to tell the difference between them and you may need to get a test to confirm your diagnosis.
COVID-19 Precautionary Measures:
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, everyone should:
- Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet).
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a face mask when around others.
How to Register for your Free Test in Advance:
- Register Online
- Choose a testing location below to begin the registration process. Arrival times are available every day from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. Every day, the last pre-registration arrival time is at 3:00 pm.
After you have scheduled your arrtival time you will receive multiple confirmation texts from “Solv”. Tap on the link in the text to complete online forms before your arrival time.
- PLEASE NOTE: The online forms will be blank. This is to protect your privacy. If you already entered your insurance when you booked your appointment, there is not need to enter it again.
- If you are an employer and would like to schedule testing for a large group of people (10+), you must contact the Benton-Franklin Health District within 24 hours of when you would like to visit the site. This ensures the site will be able to quickly test your entire group. Please call the Benton-Franklin Health District Call Center at (509) 460-4358 to coordinate large-group testing.
If you have SYMPTOMS get tested RIGHT AWAY. You may be screened at the site. Book here:
If you DO NOT have symptoms, register here:
Visiting the Testing Site:
After registration, drive to the testing site for your arrival time. Wear your face covering when visiting the site.
- 3110 Argent Road, Pasco, WA 99301; open everyday from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm (get directions)
- Depending on demand, the process can take as little as 15 minutes. It may take longer if there is high demand.
- The site does have an ADA accessible lane. If you need assistance at the test site, please indicate to the greeter upon your arrival. You will be directed to the appropriate testing lane.
After the test, remember to save the QR code that is given to you at the test site. Here’s an example of the QR code:
Get Your Results:
- You will not be notified when results are available.
- Access your results directly by focusing on the QR code with your Smartphone camera and follow the link, OR
- Visit the UW Medicine website and then enter the 16-digit retrieval code and your date of birth on the page.
- Expect results in 2-3 days.
If your test results are positive, you will receive a phone call from the Benton-Franklin Health District to discuss your health and next steps.
Learn more about COVID-19 symptoms, testing and care at bfhd.wa.gov/covid19
If you need help with registration, call the Benton-Franklin Health District Call Center at (509) 460-4358 (English) or (509) 460-4359 (Spanish). If you need an interpreter, please tell us in English the language you need. We will then connect you with an interpreter.