Free COVID-19 testing clinic in Vancouver to start next Tuesday

It will be open to walk-up and drive-through from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

VANCOUVER — Starting Tuesday (Jan. 12), people who want to get tested for COVID-19 can do so at a free clinic set up by the city of Vancouver, Clark County Public Health, the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, and the state Department of Health.

Tents set up at the Tower Mall site in central Vancouver are ready for a no-barrier COVID-19 testing clinic scheduled to begin Tuesday. Photo by Mike Schultz

The no-barrier clinic will be at the former Tower Mall site along E Mill Plain Boulevard near MacArthur Blvd, and open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., for as long as the funding lasts.

It will be open for both walk-up or drive-through, and no insurance is required. Clark County Public Health is urging people who do have insurance to seek testing through their provider rather than using the no-barrier clinic, in order to preserve funding for people who otherwise couldn’t afford it.

The tests, which will be the more reliable PCR type, can actually be self-administered using a mouth swab, rather than the long nasopharyngeal swabs that go deep into the back of the nasal cavity.

The county’s Public Health Officer Dr. Alan Melnick said at a Board of Health meeting last month that he expected the site would be able to do between 500 and 1,500 tests per day, with results in 24-36 hours.

More details were expected to be announced Monday at a press conference.

The no-barrier COVID-19 testing site at the Tower Mall location along Mill Plain Blvd will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays, starting Jan. 12. Photo by Mike Schultz

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Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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