Crowds overwhelming COVID-19 testing site in Wenatchee


The Chelan-Douglas Health District said people showing up without an appointment for COVID-19 tests are causing backups at the Town Toyota Center testing site.

Testing resumed at the site Tuesday after the long holiday weekend and 864 tests were administered.

That’s far beyond the 720 tests per day the health district says it has the capacity to administer.

In addition, the district distributed more than 200 home tests but said those tests are extremely limited and are only distributed under specific circumstances.

Free home tests are being offered by the federal government by signing up here.

Of those tested Tuesday, there were 32 percent who tested positive, the health district said.

“We would like to emphasize that people should make an appointment for a test and not just arrive at the site, said Veronica Farias, communications and Outreach director for the Chelan-Douglas Health district. “This creates a significant backup and truly is not fair to those people who have pre-registered.”

Registrations for testing, which is for people experiencing symptoms, can be made here.

She said the testing site will continue to operate six days a week, Monday through Saturday.

Chelan and Douglas counties have seen record levels of COVID-19 cases in the past few weeks, driving the demand for testing.

In addition, the health district said this morning the call volume at the district office has been extremely heavy and urged callers to leave a message.

In its report today, the health district said the current rate of infection is 2,725.9 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks.

Prior to the current surge associated with the omicron variant, the district only exceeded 1,000 cases per 100,000 residents during two periods of the pandemic.