Tribal testing site coming to Goldendale


Wednesday, June 3

The Klickitat County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Unified Command with the Klickitat County Public Health Department today announced a service to be offered in Goldendale on June 11 to Yakama Nation Tribal members.

The Yakama Nation’s Indian Health Service has been offering drive-through testing to expand service for their members. Goldendale has been selected as one of the temporary drive-through testing sites because of the accessibility for their members located in our county.

Yakima County has struggled with an increasing COVID-19 outbreak, the EOC pointed out in its statement. “The Yakama Nation plays a large part in the Yakima County dynamic and therefore is working closely with the Yakima Valley Emergency Operations Center in a team effort to slow the spread,” the EOC wrote. “The Yakama Nation has requested the assistance of the Washington National Guard’s Community Based Testing Team to help get their members tested.”

The temporary drive-through testing site will be located at the Goldendale Middle School on Thursday, June 11.

Any tribal member in need of a test will need to contact the Indian Health Service clinic. Although the Klickitat County Emergency Operations Center is not directly involved with this service being offered, it will ensure the location has the information needed to keep their facility safe. The County Public Health Department is awaiting further information from the Washington Department of Health on guidance for the follow up procedures for anyone who does test positive.


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