If you have questions about testing, have had an exposure to Covid, or have tested positive for Covid, please call MRC at 844-469-4554.
We can help with contact tracing in partnership with PHSKC (public health of Seattle King County) and can discuss isolation/quarantine strategies and refer you to support services or help you to obtain medical services.
- We test for diagnostic and contact tracing purposes only.
- We do not provide testing prior to medical procedures or for travel. We understand that no island healthcare provider currently provides medical procedure or travel testing.
If you have a positive test result, we are here to help, even if MRC did not provide your test. We perform contact tracing in partnership with Public Health — Seattle & King County (PHSKC). We can discuss isolation strategies and refer you to support services.
Getting Tested Prior to Medical Procedures
Testing before a medical procedure usually requires a supervised test, usually a PCR test, and a short turnaround time. Proctored (supervised) rapid PCR tests are now available at Vashon Pharmacy. Visit https://vashonpharmacy.com/testing-center/ to make an appointment.
Getting Tested for Travel
Airlines and cruise companies have been adapting to this need. For example, a number of travel companies have started offering a supervised telehealth rapid test process from a contractor and you can do those tests from your home. Check with your travel provider to be sure you start your trip with the negative test proof you need to board the plane or ship. Proctored (supervised) rapid PCR tests are now available at Vashon Pharmacy. Visit https://vashonpharmacy.com/testing-center/ to make an appointment.
Two Main Types of COVID Tests
PCR Test: A PCR test (also sometimes called RT-PCR, qRT-PCR or NAAT) is the gold standard COVID test and requires a testing laboratory. PCR tests are very accurate and are often required for travel or medical procedures. However, they usually take up to three days for results. PCR home test kits are available so you collect yourself and send to a lab by overnight delivery.
Rapid or Antigen Test: These tests resemble at-home pregnancy tests. They are almost as accurate as PCR tests if you have symptoms and you get results in just a few minutes. However, antigen tests are less reliable for those without symptoms. We recommend obtaining a stock of these kits so you can test quickly at home if you have sniffles that might be a cold or allergies.