To learn if you are currently infected with COVID-19, a test called a PCR test (or viral test) is used.

If you test negative, you were probably not infected at the time your sample was collected. It is important to remember that a negative test does not mean you will not get sick. It means you did not have COVID-19 when your sample was collected, or you may have tested negative if the sample was collected early in your infection, and you may test positive later during your illness. You may also be exposed to COVID-19 after the test and get infected at that time.

Even if you have been tested and it was negative, you should get tested again if:

  • You have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • You have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed or possible case of COVID-19.
  • You were in a setting where you were exposed to a large crowd and people were not wearing face coverings or maintaining social distancing.
  • You are planning to visit someone at high risk for COVID-19 illness, including people 65 years of age and older and people with serious medical conditions.

Photo identification (to provide test results) is required. You will not be asked about immigration status.

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