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Drive-through COVID-19 testing Open in Depoe Bay, Waldport

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A car pulls into the Samaritan Health’s COVID-19 mobile test center in Depoe Bay.
A car pulls into Samaritan Health’s COVID-19 mobile test center in Depoe Bay.

Feeling feverish? Are you coughing? You say you suddenly can’t smell or taste that great home cooking?

Those signs and others could indicate COVID-19. However, expanded testing is now available in Lincoln County with Samaritan Health drive-through locations in Depoe Bay and Waldport, just to be sure.

“We encourage anyone who has any cold or flu-like symptoms to contact their health care provider to find out whether they should get tested,” said Adam Brady, MD, a Samaritan infectious disease expert. “We believe increased testing availability will further help reduce the spread of the virus and help our communities get a better sense of how the disease is spreading.”

Workers on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic at the mobile test center in Depoe Bay.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, headache, sore throat, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain and new loss of taste or smell.

According to the Lincoln Co. Emergency Operations Center, all patients with symptoms and a clinician order can get tested. Residents, staff, children or other people in a care facility or group living setting can also be tested “as long as have capacity.” To become a new patient at the county health center, call 541-265-4947.

The testing locations are at 531 Hwy. 101 in Depoe Bay and 920 SW Range Dr., Waldport.

Rick Beasley
Rick Beasley is a simple writer who collects sniper rifles for a hobby. During an astonishing publishing career that spans five decades and continues at Lincoln City Homepage, he has collected 17 awards for excellence in journalism from various organizations including nine first-place Best Writing awards from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.

Welcome to the comments section. Feel free to speak your mind about topics raised in this article, but please be civil to your fellow humans.


  1. The original goal was to not swamp the hospitals which made sense.
    Oregons hospitals were not swamped. WHAT NOW?
    What’s the endgame here?

  2. What is testing supposed to accomplish? If many who are infected don’t show symptoms THEY will spread it. Those testing Positive can stay home but what About those with no symptoms?

  3. I think it makes more sense to take my car in for DEQ emissions testing. Maybe we should round up all the cows in Tillamook County and put them on a slow boat to China. We must by all means save our planet, county by county.


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