Submitted by the Whatcom County Health Department

The Whatcom County Health Department announces expanded COVID-19 testing capacity through its partnership with Northwest Laboratory. The new slots are limited to people with COVID-19 symptoms or who are close contacts of a confirmed case, and can be scheduled by calling 360-778-6075 (Monday through Friday except for holidays, 9am 3 p.m., no voicemail).

“We’re grateful to Northwest Laboratory for their diligent efforts to increase their testing capacity,” said Cindy Hollinsworth, Communicable Disease and Epidemiology Manager for the health department. “These new appointment slots will help us get more people tested in a shorter timeframe, which has been a challenge during the Omicron surge.”

Whatcom County residents also have two new options for obtaining rapid at-home COVID-19 tests. Four free tests can be ordered from the federal government through or by calling 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489). In addition, up to five free tests can be ordered from Washington State Department of Health at or by calling 1-800-525-0127.

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