MCMC is seeing an increasing number of people coming into the Emergency
Department seeking COVID-19 testing due to exposure or mild symptoms.
We are always here for you should you need emergency services; however,
for the safety of our patients and care teams, people who are asymptomatic
or experiencing very mild symptoms should visit their primary care physician,
an urgent or immediate care facility, or a designated outpatient COVID-19
The MCMC Emergency Department is not a designated COVID-19 testing site.
As always, seek emergency care immediately for symptoms including, but
not limited to:
- Difficulty breathing.
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest.
- New confusion.
- High fever.
- Inability to wake or stay awake.
- Pale, gray or blue-colored skin, lips or nail beds (depending on skin tone).
Where to Get Tested
Below is a list of local testing options. All tests are free to the public,
though some entities may bill your insurance if you have it:
North Central Public Health District tests anyone who has had an exposure or has symptoms. (No pre- travel
testing.) Testing is done Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1
p.m. to 3 p.m. Call
541-506-2600 to book.
One Community Health tests its current patients, as well as Tribal members, seasonal workers
and those without insurance or a health provider. Call
Mid-Columbia Medical Center offers tests to current patients who have had an exposure or symptoms.
A doctor’s order is required. Testing is done at a drive-through
behind the Medical Office Building by the hospital. No pre-travel testing.
Wait time is 1-2 days. Patients without a healthcare provider can be seen at
MCMC Immediate Care at Water’s Edge.
The MCMC emergency room is not a designated outpatient COVID-19 testing site.
Walgreen’s schedules rapid testing (24-hour turnaround) and PCR testing (3-7 day
turnaround, useable for travel purposes) online at
www.walgreens.com or at the Walgreen’s app. The store in The Dalles is not doing rapid
tests currently due to lack of supplies. They also sell at-home tests
in the store, but they sell out quickly.
Safeway, Fred Meyer, Bi-Mart, and Rite-Aid
do not offer testing. All except Safeway sell at-home tests but they often sell out quickly.
Fred Meyer gets shipments Mondays and Fridays and previously have sold
out the same day.