Pullman Regional Hospital changes options for asymptomatic COVID-19 testing

As-needed testing begins June 12; patients can obtain provider’s order, pay for travel tests



As of June 12, PRH will no longer be testing through its COVID-19 Testing and Triage Center, pictured here. Asymptomatic testing is still available for people who wish to be tested.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen deputy news editor

Pullman Regional Hospital is replacing its COVID-19 Triage and Testing Center with as-needed asymptomatic testing starting June 12.

PRH has seen a steady decline in the need for symptomatic testing as more people get vaccinated, said Alison Weigley, PRH director of external relations. COVID-19 positivity rates have also declined.

Testing for people receiving care at PRH, including emergency, inpatient and pre-procedure patients, will continue as needed, according to a press release

Asymptomatic individuals can still obtain a test for travel, pre-procedure testing or peace of mind, according to the press release. 

If an asymptomatic test is ordered by a healthcare provider, most insurance companies cover the cost, Weigley said. 

If an asymptomatic individual is traveling, they can schedule an appointment for a test by calling 509-336-7359. The test costs $129, according to the press release.

PRH has conducted over 6,000 COVID-19 tests from March 2020 to March 2021, which is more than 30,000 hours of testing, Weigley said. 

Masks and social distancing are still required in healthcare facilities, she said.

*Editor’s note: This article has been updated from its original form to correct factual errors.