VASHON COVID-19 ON-ISLAND TESTING

Why are we doing on-island testing?

Social distancing measures are critical to slowing the spread of the virus causing COVID-19 disease in our communities and keeping our healthcare system from being overwhelmed.  Vashon Island is particularly at risk because our clinics and 1st responders have limited capacity and there are many high-risk people living here.  Many people in our area who have symptoms that could be caused by the Coronavirus do not have COVID-19.  Therefore testing for the virus is an important component of controlling the COVID-19 pandemic because it allows public health efforts to be specifically focused on isolating and supporting infected individuals so they don’t pass it on to others.

Realizing the importance of COVID-19 testing to Vashon’s overall response to the pandemic, VashonBePrepared developed and has now deployed a COVID-19 testing site on Vashon Island. We developed our testing strategy with the specific goals of making testing as safe as possible for our all-volunteer workforce and for those being tested, while conserving personal protective equipment for hospitals and clinics.

Things to know before you schedule a test

Testing is available to all Vashon Island residents regardless of whether they receive their primary care on or off Vashon.

Your  healthcare provider must order the test before we can give it to you.
If you don't have a provider, see below: What if I don't have a doctor?

You should get a test if you have symptoms of Covid-19, which are:  fever, cough and difficulty breathing

You are at increased risk if you are:

• 60 years old and up
• have underlying health conditions including diabetes, heart, lung or kidney disease
• immunodeficient
• pregnant

Why are we doing this?

Social distancing measures are critical to slowing the spread of the virus causing Covid-19 disease in our communities and keeping our healthcare system from being overwhelmed.  Vashon Island is particularly at risk because our clinics and 1st responders have limited capacity and there are many high-risk people living here.  Many people in our area who have symptoms that could be caused by the Coronavirus do not have Covid-19.  Therefore testing for the virus is an important component of controlling the infection because it allows public health efforts to be specifically focused on isolating and supporting infected individuals so they don’t pass it on to others.

Realizing the importance of Covid-19 testing to Vashon’s overall response to the epidemic, Vashon Be Prepared developed and has now deployed a Covid-19 testing site at Mukai Farm. We developed our testing strategy with the specific goals of making testing as safe as possible for our all-volunteer workforce and for those being tested, while conserving personal protective equipment for hospitals and clinics.
  • Testing is available to all Vashon Island residents regardless of whether they receive their primary care on or off Vashon.
  • Your healthcare provider must order the test before we can give it to you
  • You should get a test if you have symptoms of Covid-19, which are:  fever, cough and difficulty breathing.  

    Those at increased risk of disease are those who:
    • Are >60 years of age
    • Have underlying health conditions including diabetes, heart, lung or kidney disease
    • Are Immunodeficient
    • Are pregnant
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ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS

WHO SHOULD GET A TEST?

The Vashon COVID-19 Testing Project is following King County Public Health guidelines for who should be tested.  Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and difficulty breathing.  

Those at increased risk of disease are those who:
are >60 years of age, have underlying health conditions including diabetes, heart, lung or kidney disease, are Immunodeficient or are pregnant.

WHAT TYPE OF TEST IS IT?

Our test is self-administered by patients using materials supplied by VashonBePrepared. You will swab both nostrils and place the swab in a vial for later testing.

This test is different from what you may have seen at other test sites in the news . It is similar to the process used by SeattleFlu.org and PublicHealthSCAN.org for COVID-19 testing and is FDA approved.  Another advantage of this strategy is that it can be readily expanded as needed (and as testing supplies allow.)

HOW DO I GET TESTED?

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need a test. They can order a test for you through this website.

Make sure they have your name, birthdate, phone number and email address.

A VashonBePrepared volunteer will be contact you by phone at the number your provider gives to us- please make sure your provider has correct contact information.  The volunteer will confirm your contact information including an emergency phone number, collect some additional healthcare information from you and then email to you an authorization for the test. You must bring  identification with you to the test site (driver's license, passport, utility bill with your name).  

WHAT IF I DON't HAVE A DOCTOR?

We can't be your doctor, but if you don't have a primary care provider, we can help decide whether you should be tested if you don't have a primary care provider.   If you have symptoms that may be due to COVID-19 and you don't have a healthcare provider, please call the VashonBePrepared team at (844) 469-4554.  A volunteer healthcare worker will talk to you and decide if a test is needed.

Information is listed below for several low cost medical resources that can help you manage your illness whether or not it is due to COVID-19:

If you are uncertain about what to do, email us at Questions.TestVashonNow@gmail.com or call (844) 469-4554 to ask questions in English or Spanish.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

The test costs $50 to conduct. You will be asked to provide your insurance information and the company that conducts the test will bill them. If you do not have insurance or your insurance denies the claim,  VashonBePrepared will cover the cost of testing.

WHAT HAPPENS TO MY SAMPLE?

Your sample will be collected with others once a day and shipped to a certified laboratory for testing.  Our goal is to get your result to you and your provider as quickly as we can.

WHEN & HOW WILL I GET THE RESULTS?

We expect results back within 3-4 days although if demand outstrips laboratory capacity, it may take longer to get results. When we receive results a volunteer will call you at the contact number(s) you provided prior to the test. If this changes, please notify us by calling: (844) 469-4554

WHAT IF MY TEST IS POSITIVE?

If your test is positive you have COVID-19 disease.  It is important that you contact your provider if you experience any trouble breathing or if you still have a fever.  We will notify your provider, but cannot manage your illness.  You are also infectious for others so you must not leave your home for 14 days from the onset of illness. Guidance to protect others in your home from becoming infected can be found at the Center for Disease Control website. If you need assistance with food or supplies, please let the volunteer who gives you your test result know.

If you test positive we are obligated to inform State Public Health officials. The volunteer who provides your result will also ask you about your contacts in the past week.  We are doing this so we can let them know that they have been exposed to someone with the virus and can get them tested if they are experiencing symptoms. We will not use your name in this inquiry. Tracking of contacts of infected individuals is the best way to eliminate the spread of COVID-19.

WHAT IF MY TEST IS NEGATIVE?

A negative test result does not necessarily mean that you don’t have COVID-19 disease. A person with COVID-19 can test negative for a variety of reasons including testing performed very early in their disease and problems obtaining an adequate sample from your nose. If you test negative you should still self-isolate for at least 72 hours after your symptoms disappear. If your test is negative and you continue to have symptoms, or symptoms worsen, you can be tested again.

HOW IS MY PRIVACY BEING PROTECTED?

Personal information provided to us will be kept on a password protected secure server and will be used only for the purpose of conducting this test. The result of your test will be shared only with you and your provider. If positive, we are required to also report the result to Public Health.

HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS?

Email us at Questions.TestVashonNow@gmail.com

Call us at (844) 469-4554

INFORMATION FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS

About the test

Our test involves a self-administered nasal swab, similar to that employed by the Seattle Flu study and PublicHealthSCAN in our area. Sensitivity and Specificity: The Covid-19 PCR test is >95% specific when tested on clinical specimens. The PCR test is 95% sensitive when used on material from known Covid-19 patients (from both upper and lower airways).  FDA approved assays can detect Covid-19 when 250-300 viral particles are present in a sample.  

A positive test is a very strong indicator of COVID-19 disease. However, the quality of the sample and the degree of viral shedding in specific patients may reduce the sensitivity of the test. A recent comparison of self-collected nasal swabs vs medical technician administered nasopharyngeal swab showed that nasal swabs identified >90% of COVID-19 positive patients.  As a consequence, negative results in our test strategy do not preclude COVID-19 infection and should not be used as the sole basis for patient management decisions.  Negative results must be combined with clinical observations, patient history, and epidemiological information.

Who should get a test

The Vashon Covid-19 Testing Project is following King County Public Health guidelines for who should be tested.  Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and difficulty breathing.  Those at increased risk of disease are those who: are >60 years of age, have underlying health conditions including diabetes, heart, lung or kidney disease, are Immunodeficient, or are pregnant.

Off-Island Providers: Many Islanders receive primary care off Vashon and we expect off-island providers to use our test because it minimizes travel and exposure of patients to others. If your patient is unable to afford the cost of this test, the fee will be waived.
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