COVID Testing

Preteen boy with his mother sitting inside car wearing medical masks, looking at camera

Staff and students enrolled at Capital Region ESD 113, or at North Thurston, Olympia, Rochester, and Tumwater school districts may receive a free COVID-19 test at the following locations if they are showing symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19:

  • ESD 113: 6005 Tyee Dr. S.W. in Tumwater (weekdays, 8 am – 12 pm)
  • Rochester High School: 19800 Carper Rd S.W. in Rochester (weekdays, 7:30 am – 8:30 am)

Testing at these sites is not available to family members or the general public. 

Permission Form

If you would like to have your child under 18 tested, please download, fill out, print and bring this form with you to the testing site.

COVID-19 Test Permission Slip

Pre-registration

Use your school-specific registration link.


Frequently Asked Questions

You may get tested if you:

  • Are an enrolled student or a staff member at ESD 113, or in the North Thurston, Olympia, Rochester or Tumwater schools.
  • Have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

There is no cost for COVID-19 tests administered to eligible staff and students.

No, you do not need health insurance. If you do have health insurance and provide that information, the lab will bill your insurance. Billing insurance when possible helps preserve grant funding for the uninsured. In either case, you will never receive a bill for COVID-19 testing, and your insurer may not pass a cost on to you.

The test is recommended for ages 4 and up. If you are under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must accompany you to the test.

 

People who have not been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms but want to be tested should contact their health care provider or one of the testing locations listed on the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services (PHSS) website.

Yes. Students and staff who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should quarantine for the recommended time as outlined on the PHSS website.

No. With widespread community transmission, there is a daily risk of being infected with COVID-19. Health officials recommend that everyone practice physical distancing, wear a face covering, avoid gathering with people you don’t live with and wash your hands frequently.

Yes, it can detect the new strains. If found, it will be reported to the Washington Department of Health.

False-negative test results are possible. The Curative oral saliva test is most effective in people who have COVID-19 symptoms and are being tested within 14 days of their symptoms beginning.


Preparing for your test

ESD 113: 6005 Tyee Dr. S.W. in Tumwater
Rochester High School: 19800 Carper Rd S.W. in Rochester

Follow all directional signage at the testing site.

ESD 113: 8 am – 12 pm
Rochester High School: 7:30 am – 8:30 am

 

Participants are encouraged to pre-register online before arriving at the testing site. This will make the process faster for you and others. To pre-register visit the ESD 113 website and use your school-specific registration link.

Parents/guardians who pre-register students online will also be asked to fill out a permission slip that allows test results to be shared with their student’s school district. This form is available on the ESD 113 website and will also be available at the testing site.

Yes. You must wear a face covering over your nose and mouth when visiting the site, even while you are in your vehicle.

Yes. Drivers will remain in their vehicles. These are drive-through locations only.

Yes, but please do not expose others if you suspect you have COVID-19. All individuals in the car should be wearing appropriate face coverings.

No. Visitors to the testing site are encouraged to use the restroom prior to their arrival.

A staff member will provide you with a self-swab test kit and observe you as you cough and swab the inside of your mouth. You will remain in your vehicle while administering the test. Once completed, you will leave the test kit in a marked collection container for processing.
Watch a short demonstration video.

Do not eat, drink, chew gum, use mouthwash, or smoke once you have arrived at the site. Doing these activities within 20 minutes of your test could affect your results.

Printed materials are available in English and Spanish.

The current estimate for test results is 3 days. Remember to save the appointment number provided at the test site in case you need to retrieve your results.

Curative is the name of the lab processing the tests. They will contact you by email or text with your results in an estimated 3 days. If you do not receive your results after 5 days, or do not have access to email or text, you can request your results in the following ways:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 888-702-9042
Website: www.curative.com/manage

Please have your appointment number available.

If you test positive, you will be contacted by a healthcare professional from your school district and may receive a call from Thurston County Public Health and Social Services with additional guidance. Learn more about what to do if you test positive for COVID-19 or contact your health care provider.

No. Patients will need to reach out to their personal health care provider to share their test results.

If you authorize the information to be shared, the school district will be notified when a staff member’s or student’s test results are positive. We request this permission so that we may begin planning hiring a substitute for staff and for notification of close contacts in our schools.

Capital Region Education Service District 113 (ESD 113) and Rochester School district provide trained staff and day-to-day management of the testing sites.


For ESD, Olympia, Rochester, and Tumwater

  • Students will proceed to the nurse’s office (Isolation Room). School staff will call a parent. The school health professional will offer the COVID-19 test for the student once the parent arrives and provides written permission.
  • Staff will contact their supervisor and report to the nurse’s office/designated isolation room on site.

 


Waiting for Results

Curative lab will send you an email or text message about 3 days after your test with a secure link to access your results. If you do not receive a notification to view your test results within 5 days, you can access your test results using your appointment number and one of these methods:

While you wait for your test results, please stay home. You may have COVID-19 even if you do not have symptoms. Staying home ensures you do not expose others.

Based on your results:

  • Stay isolated at home, except to receive medical care. If possible, stay in a room away from other people in your house. If you need to seek medical care, call your provider in advance and tell them you have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • If you have symptoms, you can stop your home isolation when you’ve been fever-free for at least 24 hours (without using fever-reducing medicine) and your other symptoms have gotten better and at least 10 days have passed since your symptoms began.
  • If you do not have symptoms, you can stop your home isolation when at least 10 days have passed since the date of your first COVID-19 test, if you have not gotten sick.
  • Make a list of anyone you have been in close contact with starting two days before your symptoms began and until you started home isolation. If you have not had symptoms, make a list of anyone you have been in close contact with starting two days before your positive test and until you started home isolation. Notify close contacts that you have tested positive for COVID-19 and that they may have been exposed. Close contacts should quarantine at home for 14 days and get tested if they develop symptoms.

  • You probably were not infected at the time of your test. It’s possible you were very early in your infection and may still get sick.
  • If you were identified as a close contact to a positive case, you should continue to quarantine. Public Health recommends all close contacts quarantine for 14 days.
  • Continue to monitor yourself for symptoms and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • If you did not have COVID-19 symptoms, it’s possible your result is a false-negative. The test used at this site is most effective for people who have symptoms. Contact your health care provider if you have additional questions or concerns.
  • A negative test result does not mean you cannot get exposed to COVID-19 in the future. Continue to avoid gatherings, stay at least 6 feet from others and wear a face covering anytime you’re around people you don’t live with.