New COVID-19 testing clinic open

Clinic has seen about 35 patients for testing daily



People who go to get tested will be charged for an office visit. They will not be billed for a COVID-19 test.

JENAE LAXSON, Evergreen roots editor

A new COVID-19 testing center opened on Monday at Palouse Medical Center.

The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, said Theresa Kwate, administrator of Palouse Medical Center and ReadyCare Respiratory Center. It is located at 690 SE Bishop Blvd., Suite D.

The Pullman community needs more access to testing, she said.

“We are trying to contribute to keeping everyone safe and help with testing,” Kate said. “Everyone can get tested quickly with a 24- to 36-hour turnaround for the results.”

Kwate said anyone can get tested, even if they do not have symptoms, have been exposed or have traveled.

People who are getting tested are kept separate from patients going in for regular doctor’s appointments by entering through one door and exit through a back door, she said.

The clinic bills most insurances, Kwate said. People who go to the clinic to get tested will be billed for an office visit.

“We don’t bill for the COVID testing,” she said. “The testing is processed at the diagnostic lab, Insight, and they bill the insurance.”

Kwate said that so far, the clinic sees about 35 patients who are seeking testing per day.