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Health Alerts | COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Spokane, Eastern Washington & Idaho

CHAS Health is dedicated to the health and wellness of the communities we serve. Below are answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 testing. If you still have concerns for your health related to COVID-19, please call us: 509.444.8200 or 208.848.8300.

Our testing criteria changes as community needs and COVID levels do, so please continue to check this page for the latest test sites, hours, and criteria for testing. 

COVID Testing Overview

CHAS Health remains committed to serving our community by providing access to COVID testing. Due to increased volumes and fixed capacity, we are only able to offer testing to individuals with symptoms or exposure.

  1. We offer COVID testing 9am - 3pm seven days per week at our Urgent Care Clinics and 9am - 3pm Monday through Friday at the following locations: Denny Murphy Clinic, North County Clinic, Latah Community Health and Lewis & Clark Health Center. As testing volumes increase with COVID rates in the area, you may have to wait depending on the day and location. Please know we must use medically appropriate testing criteria and prioritize rapid tests for those who need them most.
  2. We do not use rapid tests on people without symptoms because rapid tests are not as accurate for people without symptoms. You may instead receive a non-rapid test.
  3. Our testing turnaround times for non-rapid tests is currently 1-3 days.

General Testing Criteria

COVID send-in testing takes 1-3 days and is used for patients with the following criteria:

  • COVID symptoms and not in the priority testing group (see below).
  • No COVID symptoms but qualifies for testing due to exposure or is a nursing home employee.
  • Those exposed and without symptoms may be tested 5-7 days after exposure, but not earlier. It is important to quarantine for 14 days after exposure regardless of the test result, as COVID may take up to 14 days from exposure to cause infection.

Rapid Testing Criteria

Rapid testing is limited due to supplies and it’s accuracy in certain situations. The following groups of patients WITH SYMPTOMS can have a rapid test:

  • Healthcare worker or first responder
  • Lives in congregate facility
  • Has had known, direct exposure to COVID
  • Provider discretion

Testing Locations & Hours

Spokane Urgent Care – Valley
1502 N Vercler Rd, Spokane Valley, WA 99216
Monday - Sunday: 9am - 3pm

Denny Murphy Clinic
1001 W 2nd Ave, Spokane, WA 99201
Monday - Friday: 9am - 3pm

Lewis & Clark Health Center
1203 Idaho St, Lewiston, ID 83501
Monday - Friday: 9am - 3pm

Spokane Urgent Care – North
5901 N Lidgerwood St, Spokane, WA 99208
Monday - Sunday: 9am - 3pm

North County Clinic
401 S Main St, Deer Park, WA 99006
Monday - Friday: 9am - 3pm

Latah Community Health
803 S Main St, Suite 120, Moscow, ID 83843
Monday - Friday: 9am - 3pm

Frequently Asked Questions

What is COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

COVID-19 is the official name of the disease that is causing this 2019 coronavirus outbreak, first discovered in Wuhan China. The virus likely originated in animals and spread to humans. There are many types of human coronaviruses, including some that cause mild, cold-like illnesses. Some coronaviruses can cause illnesses in certain types of animals, such as cattle, camels and bats. This was the case with SARS and MERS. In rare cases, animal coronavirus cases can spread to humans.

What are the COVID-19 symptoms?

COVID symptoms include the following:
  • Fever
  • New cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

How does COVID-19 spread?

The way this virus is spread is not yet fully understood. However, based on other coronaviruses, it may spread between people by coughing and sneezing into the air, close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands, touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands, and rarely through stool contamination with the virus present.

I think I might be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. What do I do?

If you have COVID-like symptoms or have been exposed to the virus:

Why can’t someone without symptoms get a rapid test?

We do not use rapid tests on people without symptoms because rapid tests are not as accurate for people without symptoms. Getting this test could give a false sense of security in someone without symptoms.

When should I get tested if I’ve had a known exposure?

Any COVID testing for those with exposure and no symptoms should occur either 5-7 days after initial exposure to person who tested positive. Exposure can be from 2 days before their symptoms started until 10 days after. If you live with someone who became positive for COVID, you should test 5-7 days after their first symptoms, or after their positive test if they did not have symptoms.

Why is my insurance information being collected? I thought the testing was free?

Insurance information will be collected even though patients receiving tests will not receive a bill. Insurance will be billed, but patients will not have to pay a copay for COVID-related testing. For those patients without insurance, CHAS Health will not bill.

If I test negative after an exposure and no symptoms, do I still have to quarantine?

If you have had a direct exposure, you need to quarantine for 14 days, whether or not you test negative after the exposure. Testing at days 5-7 would help you know whether you had the virus, but would not change the need to quarantine for the full time period. Those who test positive for COVID without symptoms will need to isolate for 10 days from the time of the positive test or the first day of symptoms. Testing would also tell you whether others in your life may have been exposed.

What treatments are available?

There is not a specific treatment available other than supportive care. This means self-care at home for mild illness, which is what the great majority of people have with the virus. If someone is hospitalized with it, supportive care may mean oxygen support and other more intensive treatments.

Where can I find COVID-19 case information for my area?

This information overall and regionally can be found at the following links:

What should I know when I visit a CHAS clinic?

To help minimize spread of COVID-19 in our community, we are encouraging patients to utilize video or phone visits, when possible, but in person visits are still available for some services. Video and phone visits that are available include: medical, dental, behavioral health, and urgent care.

In-person dental services have resumed normal operation, but if you prefer to be evaluated via a video visit, we can do that too!

Our pharmacies are open, however we are encouraging most prescriptions be sent to your home when possible. If you prefer to pick up your prescription, curbside pickup is available. Simply contact your pharmacy to confirm how you would like to pick up your medications.

Upon arriving at any clinic, you will be asked to mask and have your temperature checked prior to entering our lobby. This is to ensure the safety of all patients and employees.

If you are visiting for COVID testing, instructions will be provided prior to entering the clinic lobby. Most intake and testing will be performed in an outdoor portable or in the parking lot, weather permitting.

Please call us if you have any questions or concerns. For Washington residents, call us at 509.444.8200 and for Idaho residents, call us at 208.848.8300.

What can I do to protect myself?

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Which groups are at higher risk?

COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Based upon available information to date, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:

  • People aged 65 years and older
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • Other high-risk conditions could include:
    • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • People who have heart disease with complications
    • People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment
    • People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index [(BM]I)≥40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk
  • People who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk with severe viral illness, however, to date data on COVID-19 has not shown increased risk

What is the difference between physical social distancing, quarantine & isolation?

Social Distancing

Social distancing is one of the best ways to slow the spread of COVID-19. It can help keep sick people from coming in contact with healthy ones and so limit the number of people who are exposed to, or get sick with, a contagious illness. CDC recommendations: Avoid large gatherings and crowds, and maintaining a distance of approximately 6 feet or more from others, unless you are with your family/pod group.

Quarantine in general means separating a person or people who may have a contagious disease, but aren’t showing symptoms yet, from other people who have not been so exposed. This can help prevent more people from getting sick because sometimes a person can pass an illness on to others even before they become sick. With COVID-19, the CDC has recommended a 14-day period to monitor for symptoms.

Isolation refers to separating a person or people who probably or definitely have a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Isolation may be voluntary or compelled by governmental or public health authorities.

Staff was very helpful and respectful."
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