BONNEY LAKE, WA — Pierce County has postponed two more mobile coronavirus testing events scheduled for Wednesday due to ongoing air quality concerns. The move comes after the county previously cancelled two testing events scheduled for Tuesday, also because of air quality issues.
Forecasters had predicted that air quality would improve Monday as wind pushed wildfire smoke east from Puget Sound. However, that didn't materialize, and the National Weather Service has extended their air quality alert through Thursday.
Now the air quality is expected to remain unhealthy for the next few days, so Pierce County has postponed a pair of outdoor testing events they had scheduled Wednesday.
#PierceCounty Mobile Testing Stations are postponed Wednesday, September 16, due to poor air quality. Testing services are postponed for the safety of staff and those coming for tests. The September 16 testing events will be rescheduled to a later date. pic.twitter.com/ceJ1pXtA0c
— Pierce County, Wash. (@PierceCo) September 15, 2020
One of the postponed events was planned for Tacoma, at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center. The other had been set at the Prairie Ridge Community Center in Bonney Lake. Details about their replacement events are still forthcoming.
There will still be plenty of opportunities for residents to get tested, however. The county has announced dozens of free mobile testing events this month, with more likely in the months ahead.