COVID-19 update: COVID-19 self-tests and PCR testing

Supply continues to vary, but COVID-19 home antigen tests are increasingly available.

Anyone can order:

FDA-authorized COVID-19 self-tests can also be purchased at local drug stores or online retailers. Kaiser Permanente members will be reimbursed for COVID-19 self-tests purchased on or after January 15, 2022. Claims must include:

Members may also schedule an appointment to pick up COVID-19 self-tests at select Kaiser Permanente locations on kp.org/wa or through the mobile app. One member per appointment, and one member can pick up reserved tests for the household. Learn more about COVID-19 self-tests and reimbursement at kp.org/covidtesting.

PCR testing update

Kaiser Permanente Washington is offering COVID-19 diagnostic testing to all symptomatic and asymptomatic members. Results are usually available within 1–3 days.

Tested positive for COVID-19?

A positive COVID-19 self-test result likely means infection, even without symptoms. A PCR test is not needed to confirm a positive COVID-19 self-test, but members should:

  • Follow the CDC recommendations for isolation and inform close contacts.
  • Report results to Kaiser Permanente to help us better understand how the virus is spreading in our communities. Remember, a COVID-19 self-test can’t be confirmed by Kaiser Permanente for school, travel, work, or other official needs — and it won’t be added to a member’s medical record.
  • Sign in to kp.org/wa or the Kaiser Permanente Washington mobile app for questions or concerns about symptoms and to access 24/7 on-demand care options. Members can also call our 24/7 advice line at 1-800-297-6877.
  • Continue to stay current with vaccination and boosters, which provide the best protection against severe illness from COVID-19 — along with wearing a mask in public settings, keeping a distance from others, washing hands often, and staying home when sick.

All plans offered and underwritten by Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington or Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington Options, Inc.

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