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WA COVID-19

Equipping First Responders with COVID-19 tests for vulnerable community members.

Get a free supply of COVID-19 tests for your community

Through a partnership between the Washington State Department of Health and Health Commons Project, WA COVID-19 provides First Responders in Washington state with free, COVID-19 tests for their communities. Our support services help you manage inventory, organize test distribution, and provide education on testing and follow-up care. We also can help your agency access state funding to support your COVID-19 testing programs.

Bring COVID-19 diagnosis to your community

Access to testing can be difficult and time-consuming for some of your most vulnerable community members, including:

People at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 because of underlying health conditions or age

People at higher risk for COVID-19 exposure because of living situations

People disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 because of access barriers, systemic inequities, and racism

Knowing COVID-19 status can help save lives

Add COVID-19 tests to your toolbox

Just like smoke detectors, blood pressure checks, and EKGs, COVID-19 tests are a critical tool in the First Responder toolbox. Bring tests on calls, distribute them at community events, or have a fresh stock of take-home tests available at the station for visitors. 

Educate your community about testing and follow-up care.

We provide resources and one-to-one technical assistance to help you educate community members on why testing matters and how they can test themselves for COVID-19. Knowing when to isolate, especially when other vulnerable individuals may be involved, is critical to protecting community health.

Educate your community about testing and follow-up care.

State funding for testing programs

If you have a current COVID-19 testing program or plan to develop one, the Washington State Department of Health has funding to help your agency cover the cost. Reach out to us today to find out more. 

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WA COVID-19 SUPPORTS OUR FIRST RESPONDERS

First Responders have worked tirelessly to protect the public throughout the pandemic. We aim to lighten this load by making access to COVID-19 testing as easy as possible for your community.

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We provide resources and one-to-one technical assistance to help you educate community members on why testing matters and how they can test themselves for COVID-19. Knowing when to isolate, especially when other vulnerable individuals may be involved, is critical to protecting community health.

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The Washington State Department of Health and Heath Commons periodically reviews the contents of WACOVID19.org to keep information content of WACOVID19.org as up to date as possible during guidance changes and program expansion. The content of WACOVID19.org does not necessarily represent the official views of WA State Department of Health.

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