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OHSU resumes COVID-19 testing at Expo Center

Low-barrier drive-through site is one of two operated by OHSU in the Portland metro area
EXPO drive-up COVID-19 testing: a sign board sits in a parking lot near a line of cars
Oregon Health & Science University will reestablish low-barrier, drive-through COVID-19 testing at the Portland Expo Center beginning Tuesday, Feb. 23. (OHSU)

Oregon Health & Science University will reestablish COVID-19 testing at the Portland Expo Center.

The site had moved to an indoor parking structure at the Oregon Convention Center to provide a drive-through testing opportunity during rainy and cold weather. However, that site was suspended in January to accommodate a community mass vaccination site jointly operated by OHSU, Legacy Health, Kaiser Permanente and Providence.

Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 23, OHSU is reestablishing its low-barrier drive-through testing site in the Expo Center parking lot:

  • Portland Expo Center – 2060 N. Marine Drive
    • Hours (note that wait times may vary depending on demand, and site may close early):
      • Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      • Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The first two hours are reserved for patients of OHSU Health, including Hillsboro Medical Center and Portland Adventist Health, household members of OHSU employees and first responders.

The site is one of two low-barrier COVID-19 community testing locations operated by OHSU Health, with the other operating during the same hours in a parking lot near Hillsboro Stadium, 4450 N.E. Century Blvd. The Hillsboro site also provides COVID-19 vaccinations on the weekends by appointment for eligible groups, in addition to community vaccination sites at the convention center and in the Red Economy Parking Lot at Portland International Airport.

The Expo Center site is not currently providing COVID-19 vaccinations, but may do so in the coming months as the availability of vaccine increases in Oregon.

Who can get tested?

Note: If you are a Kaiser, Legacy or Providence patient, you will be directed to those health care systems.

  • Those with symptoms:  People older than 2 months can be tested if they have one or more of the following:
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Trouble breathing
    • Or at least two of the following symptoms:
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Nausea / vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • Those without symptoms: People without symptoms can get tested if they meet any of the following:
    • They are giving birth, or they are having surgery or another qualifying procedure at OHSU.
    • They have a vulnerable immune system and are following steps to end isolation (tested positive at least 14 days ago AND have not had any symptoms for 14 days).
    • They have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
    • A public health department has required them to get tested for contact tracing.
    • One or more of the following
      • The person is a migrant/seasonal agricultural worker.
      • The person is Black, African-American, Latinx, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Asian-American or Pacific Islander.
      • The person has a disability.
      • English is not the person's first language.
  • In addition:
    • People without symptoms who test negative will not be able to get a repeat test for at least seven days.
    • OHSU is no longer testing people who previously tested positive until 90 days after they were first diagnosed.

OHSU’s testing criteria follow Oregon Health Authority and CDC recommendations. Guidelines may change at any time based on updated recommendations.

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