June 10, 2020

Multnomah County moved this week to make COVID-19 tests easier to obtain for people of color, public-facing workers and residents of East County, by opening a new testing site people can drive up or walk to.

Beginning  June 8, 2020, the Multnomah County Health Department is pleased to offer testing to anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 two days each week at the Multnomah County East Building. Those symptoms include coughing, fever, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea, and/or sore throat.

Testing will be offered Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the building at 600 NE 8th Street in Gresham. Spanish speaking staff will be on site; interpreters are also available. People may drive in or come on foot.

These testing sites will be open to anyone with possible symptoms of COVID-19, with a focus on reaching Black, Indigenous and other People of Color (BIPOC) communities as well as those without health insurance and/or a regular health care provider. 

People do not need to be patients of the East County Health Center or Multnomah County and can get tested regardless of immigration status. We do not share personal information with federal agencies or any immigration authority. 

Call for an appointment: 503-988-8939. There is no cost for being tested. 

Though testing is available for anyone with symptoms, the Health Department asks that those who can get tested through their own health care provider do so. 

This testing site is the first in a series of community testing sites to be opened by the Health Department. A second site is being planned for mid-county, with a scheduled opening in July. 

In addition, the Health Department will be working closely with partner organizations to launch culturally-specific testing efforts. County staff will be reaching out to community-based partners soon to identify those who are interested in partnering and/or informing testing efforts in the community. 

The Health Department will update testing eligibility for the testing sites as recommendations change and capacity allows.