Screening staff and visitors for COVID-19

The Washington State Department of Health recommends that employers screen all staff and visitors (not including retail customers, such as at a grocery store) whenever they arrive at the job site, including at the start of each shift. Screening should include:

  1. Temperature checks
  2. Questions about possible symptoms
  3. Questions about possible exposure.

WA Dept of Health recommended screening procedures and questions

Positive or Suspected Cases

If ANY aspect of screening indicates a potential COVID-19 case, the worker or visitor should be isolated, sent home, and referred for testing. Tests are available through major healthcare providers, occupational health clinics, and public health departments. This list shows free and low-cost testing locations for individuals without health insurance.

In most cases, anyone referred for testing will need to complete the quarantine period before returning to work. Some essential workers may return earlier in accordance with industry guidance and requirements.

CDC Frequently Asked Questions for Suspected or Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in the workplace

Testing locations and resources

University of Washington

Offers a number of drive-up testing locations

King County Health Department-Downtown

2124 4th Avenue
No appointment needed/no prior authorization
Hours 8-4
Mon thru Friday


Offers COVID-19 assessments and testing, as well as testing for asymptomatic employees to provide clearance for return to work