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Legacy Health asks the public to avoid hospital emergency departments for COVID-19 tests


Vicki Guinn

Legacy Health                 


PORTLAND, ORE. – Jan. 5, 2022 – As COVID-19 cases rise due to the omicron variant, Legacy Health and the other healthcare systems in the area understand the frustration people are experiencing as they try to get a test. Emergency departments at local hospitals are not the place to get tested. Instead, contact your doctor to discuss testing options if you feel symptomatic. You can also check the Oregon Health Authority’s website for testing sites and events.

It may take time to get a test for travel, returning to work, and returning to school after a possible exposure. The best thing you can do to protect yourself and others is to practice good hand hygiene, wear a mask, physically distance, get your vaccine, and, if eligible, your booster.

Visit the CDC’s website for more information about COVID-19 symptoms and quarantine periods.  


About Legacy Health
Legacy Health is a locally owned, nonprofit health system driven by our mission to improve the health of those around us. We offer a unique blend of health services – from wellness and urgent care to dedicated children’s care and advanced medical centers – to care for patients of all ages when and where they need us across the Portland/Vancouver metro area and mid-Willamette Valley. With an eye toward a healthier community, our partnerships tackle vital issues such as housing and mental health. Legacy strives to help everyone live healthier and better lives, with the vision of being essential to the health of the region. For more information, visit