PUYALLUP RESERVATION, TACOMA, Wash.—The Puyallup Tribe and Pierce County are expanding the Tribe’s drive-through testing site to the public beginning Dec. 15.
The site began operation in early October under an agreement with the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management, which manages the site. It has been used to test employees of the Tribal government and its entities; with a total workforce of more than 4,000, the Tribe is one of the largest employers in Pierce County.
The Tribe has been a leader in the fight against COVID-19 by instituting a vaccination policy for employees and precautions such as temperature checks and masks. The governing Tribal Council canceled large gatherings on March 5, 2020, a week before the state took similar action, and it declared a public health emergency on March 16, 2020.
“We take public safety very seriously at the Puyallup Tribe,” Tribal Council said. “With limited testing facilities in Eastside Tacoma, this site fills a gap and helps the broader community.
The Tribe will continue to provide the land for the site as well as security, refuse collection and portable toilets.
No appointment is necessary for this free testing site, and you aren’t required to leave your car. Test results can be expected in 3-5 business days.
The mobile testing facility is located at 2024 E. 29th St. and can be entered from East 30th Street. Scheduled dates and hours can be found here.
About the Puyallup Tribe of Indians
The Puyallup People have lived along the shores of what is now called Puget Sound since time immemorial. The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is a sovereign nation of more than 5,000 members and one of the largest employers in Pierce County. It serves its people and neighbors with generosity and is committed to building a sustainable way of life for future generations. Learn more about the Puyallup Tribe.
About the Puyallup Tribal Council
The Puyallup Tribal Council is the elected governing body of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. The council consists of Chairman Bill Sterud, Vice Chairwoman Sylvia Miller, Annette Bryan, James Rideout, Anna Bean, Monica Miller and Fred Dillon.
Michael Thompson, Communications Director, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, (253) 382-6200; firstname.lastname@example.org