Jan. 4, 2022 Family message

On December 13, we launched an onsite COVID-19 rapid testing service operated by Premier Medical Group, a provider we were connected to through the state’s Learn to Return program. The initial response was positive and while the site was busy, the testing staff were able to keep up with only small to mild delays. Since then, several circumstances presented themselves all at once which have led to a significant increase in the demand:

  • The rise of the new and highly contagious Omicron variant has led to increased demand for testing everywhere
  • The supply chain issues for tests have become even more strained and is widespread regionally and nationally
  • The inclement weather resulted in many of the community-based testing operations to shut down, causing an even greater demand at the district site

 

As a result, the demand on our test site this week has been beyond overwhelming. The line for testing exceeded capacity for processing both in duration of time needed for processing as well as numbers of available tests in less than an hour after opening today. This caused significant traffic issues around the site impacting schools as well as neighborhoods. The line of cars had to be cut off and people turned away to ensure those already in line could be served and to avoid major traffic blockages.

 

Because of the above, we will temporarily pause COVID-19 testing at the District Office while we work with the provider to find better solutions for managing the demand. We also hope that other community-based testing sites will re-open and be able to serve the community again very soon. We will announce details of the changes and update everyone on the plan going forward as quickly as possible as we know testing is in short supply and high demand right now.

 

In the meantime, if you need a test, please contact your health provider or other testing location. We’ve included a few suggestions of testing sites below. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this widespread challenge.

 

GS Labs (several locations including Lynnwood and Northgate)

House Call Doctors (Snohomish and Everett locations)

Snohomish Health District at 3715 Oakes Ave., Everett, Longfellow building (appointments required):

  • CLICK HERE to register for this location if you have symptoms
  • CLICK HERE to register for this location if you do NOT have symptoms

Snohomish Health District at 16327 Ash Way, Lynnwood (Ash Way Park and Ride) – Weekends only:

  • CLICK HERE to register for this location if you have symptoms
  • CLICK HERE to register for this location if you do NOT have symptoms

 

PLANS FOR TOMORROW

Staff will be watching the weather and road conditions tonight. If we do need to delay, we’ll notify staff and families in the morning before 6 a.m. If you don’t hear any announcement, that means schools will operate on their normal schedule.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mukilteo School District