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COVID-19 Molecular Testing

In partnership with Alaska Airlines and Bridge Diagnostics, Bartell’s is now offering COVID-19 Molecular Testing to airline passengers. At this time, this test is only available to Alaska Airlines customers traveling to Hawaii.

Now available at select Bartell store locations, receive fast and easy screening prior to travel to comply with certain states’ department of health requirements.

As a thank you for visiting your neighborhood Bartell’s, Alaska Airlines customers will also receive $5 off their next Bartell purchase of $25 at their appointment.

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IMPORTANT information before booking

This testing program is for symptom-free travelers who do not feel sick. This program is not intended for use by anyone who has symptoms or is feeling sick. If you are feeling sick, please contact your healthcare provider.

If you have had close (within 6 ft.) and prolonged (15 minutes or more) contact with an individual with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, please do not seek testing with us. Please follow CDC guidelines and contact your medical provider if appropriate. Please follow the recommendations on CDC.gov and be aware of emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of the following signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19. Source: CDC.gov

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Note, that you will need to make your appointment at least 24 hours in advance. If your preferred location is booked, please check our other locations (providers).

Frequently Asked Questions

I want to get COVID-19 testing. What are my options?
Currently, there are two different types of tests that are used for different purposes. Viral (molecular or antigen) tests and Antibody (serology) tests. Viral tests will tell you if you have a current (active) COVID-19 infection and are often performed via nasal swab collection. Antibody tests may tell you if you have had a previous (not active) COVID-19 infection and are performed via a blood sample.

Who should get tested and when?
Viral tests: Anyone of any age can get tested based on guidelines. The CDC has guidance for who should be tested, but testing is based off recommendations provided by your state and local health departments or healthcare providers. Ideally, you would be tested if you are showing symptoms related to COVID-19 disease, if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or need a screening for travel. If you want to get tested for possible active COVID-19 infection, contact your healthcare provider or visit your state or local health department website to look for latest testing information. If you are not symptomatic and not feeling sick, but rather, are hoping to travel and need a test, you may seek testing with us.

Antibody tests: Currently, you must seek this testing from your physician. If you are symptomatic, you should be tested using a viral test to see if your active symptoms are due to a COVID-19 infection. Bartell Drugs is not currently offering testing for symptomatic patients or people who feel sick. Second, you should wait 14 days or more after you have had symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19 to receive an antibody test. Antibodies take 1-3 weeks to appear in your blood in a large enough concentration to be detected.

What kind of test is Bartell Drugs offering?
In partnership with Alaska Airlines and Bridge Diagnostics, Bartell Drugs is offering COVID-19 Molecular Testing via RT-PCR for screening of symptom-free travelers. This type of testing may also be known as viral testing or nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT). We are NOT currently offering rapid tests, antigen tests, or serological/antibody tests. Again, we are also NOT offering tests to people who feel sick or have symptoms.

Is this only for travelers to the state of Hawaii?
Each state may have different requirements for testing, and at this time, we have only worked directly with the state of Hawaii to make sure this test meets its requirements.

How will Hawaii know your test is within their 72 hour requirement?
It is important that you schedule your appointment within 72 hours of departure from the last leg of your trip to Hawaii. Most results will be available 2 days after collection (day after next). Specimen collection is time-stamped and provided with your result.

What if I am flying on an airline other than Alaska Airlines at any point during my trip?
Our partnership is with Alaska Airlines, but we can test symptom-free airline passengers heading to Hawaii and the results will be accepted in Hawaii regardless of airline, because of Bartell Drugs’ Trusted Testing and Travel Partners (TTTP) status.

For pediatric, what’s the age we start to test?
Any age, but the parent/guardian will have to swab the child. Hawaii doesn’t require tests or quarantine for children under 5.

Why are some COVID-19 tests free and this one costs money?
Since we are only testing symptom-free travelers, we are not billing insurance, and thus the fee is an out-of-pocket expense to the patient. Some testing sites may be billing insurance or have other means of covering the cost, but we do not.

When/how will I get my results?
You will be prompted via email to create an account with Bridge Diagnostics to view your results within 72 hours of specimen collection. Most results will be available 2 days after collection (day after next).

What if I want to change/cancel my appointment?
For cancellations, please call the pharmacy to place this request. For adjustments to an existing appointment, please book your desired appointment and call the pharmacy to request cancellation of appointments no longer need.

Can I test same-day?
No, our process does not support same day booking at this time. You must book an appointment 24+ hours in advance to afford the necessary social distancing requirements in our pharmacy waiting area. This also allows time for our staff to review your screening questionnaire.

Is this the test that goes way back in my throat?
No. The specimen is self-collected with a small swab that goes about one-half inch into each of your nostrils (one-quarter inch for small children). The collection itself should take 30 seconds or less. There will be a pharmacist there to walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

Is this a rapid test?
No. Test results will be emailed to you typically 2 days after your Bartell appointment (the day after next), with guaranteed results within 72 hours of collection.

Can I pay with my HSA account?
Yes.

What if my result shows “detected” for COVID-19?
This means you have tested positive for active COVID-19 infection. If you test positive for COVID-19, or get sick after you are exposed to someone with COVID-19, you can help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others. Please follow the guidance from the Washington State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. COVID-19 is a notifiable condition and these results will be reported to the appropriate public health authority. Please contact your healthcare provider with questions about your result.

PLEASE REMEMBER: Regardless of your test results, you must protect yourself and others from COVID-19. This includes:

  • Washing your hands often
  • Avoiding close contact (maintain at least 6 ft apart from others)
  • Wearing a face covering while in public places where social distancing is not possible
  • Covering your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
  • Covering coughs and sneezes
  • Cleaning and disinfecting the space around you.

For more information and guidance regarding COVID-19, please go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Washington State Department of Health.

Questions about COVID-19? Call the Washington State Department of Health’s hotline at 1-800-525-0127 and press #. For interpretative services, say your language when the call is answered. Hotline hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. For questions about your health, COVID-19 testing, or testing results, contact your health care provider.

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