State to Text Every Person Who Tests Positive

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The State is now texting a verification code to every person in Washington state who tests positive for COVID-19.

People who test positive for COVID-19 will still receive notification from their health care provider or testing facility – that won’t change. But everyone who tests positive will now also receive a text. That text includes a link to activate a verification code within WA Notify, and anonymously alert users they may have been exposed.

People who test positive can expect to receive a text from DOH within 24 hours after they get the result. Anyone who receives a text and isn’t using WA Notify can simply disregard it.

Learn more:

  • Visit to see how easy it is to add WA Notify to your smartphone.
  • Information about WA Notify is available in multiple languages:
  • View a video that describes how WA Notify works.

The goal is to help WA Notify exposure notification users alert fellow users faster if they’ve been exposed. This began on January 11.

Questions can be directed to the State COVID-19 Assistance Hotline, 1-800-525-0127.

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