Adventist Health Tillamook Medical Offices Announce Free Take-Home COVID-19 Test Kits, Availability to be Announced week of January 3rd

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December 29, 2021 (Tillamook, Ore.) – Adventist Health Tillamook is partnering with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to distribute free, FDA-approved COVID-19 self-testing kits to the communities where Adventist Health Tillamook has medical offices in Estacada, Lincoln City, Manzanita, Pacific City, Sheridan, Tillamook, Vernonia, and Welches. These test kits are available for home use to all patients who request them by
walk-in or scheduled appointment to any of our medical offices listed below, starting as soon they are delivered from the federal government. Information on initial availability will be announced on Adventist Health Tillamook’s Facebook page, currently estimated to be the week of January 3, 2022. These kits are supplied to Adventist Health medical offices weekly and distributed while supplies last. Testing for COVID-19 has been identified as a critical component to containing the expansion of the virus, which has been forecasted to peak again in the coming months due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

These free COVID-19 testing kits use an antigen test to determine a result, a widely available method of testing that produces results in less than 15 minutes through a test strip that identifies antibodies specific to COVID-19. Gina Seufert, RN, Physician and Clinic Services Executive and Privacy Officer at Adventist Health Tillamook shares “I think it is very important to have easy access to testing when patients are feeling like they have COVID symptoms or know they have been exposed to someone who is COVID positive.” Ms. Seufert continues, “If this predicted wave of COVID comes, these at-home test kits will help contain patient exposure in our communities and will encourage people who are positive to seek appropriate care early on before hospital resources are needed.” Adventist Health Tillamook locations providing free COVID tests are as follows:
• Medical Office – Estacada, 200 SE Highway 224, Estacada, OR, 503-630-5511
• Medical Office – Hoodland, 24461 E Welches Road, Welches, OR, 503-622-3126
• Medical Office – Lincoln City, 1105 Jetty Avenue, Ste C, Lincoln City, OR, 541-614-0482
• Medical Office – Manzanita, 10445 Neahkahnie Creek Road, Manzanita, OR, 503-368-6244
• Medical Office – Pacific City, 38505 Brooten Road, Ste A, Pacific City, OR, 503-965-6555

• Medical Office – Plaza, 1100 Third Street, Tillamook, OR, 503-842-5546
• Medical Office – Sheridan, 222 SE Jefferson Street, Sheridan, OR, 503-843-1535
• Medical Office – Vernonia, 1005 Cougar Street, Vernonia, OR, 503-429-1953

Adventist Health Tillamook is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization that includes: a 25-bed critical access medical center located in Tillamook, Oregon; the largest hospital-based ambulance service
in the State of Oregon with four stations located throughout Tillamook County; and rural health clinics and urgent care medical offices serving the northern Oregon coast as well as the communities of Sheridan, Vernonia, Estacada and Welches. Adventist Health Tillamook employs over 550 associates and healthcare providers and is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities in California, Hawaii and Oregon. For more information about Adventist Health Tillamook please visit: https://www.adventisthealth.org/tillamook/about-us/