To learn if you are currently infected with COVID-19, a 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.

Who should get tested?

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Most people who have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone with confirmed COVID-19.
    • Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-19 symptoms do not need to be tested following an exposure to someone with COVID-19.
    • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not need to get tested following an exposure as long as they do not develop new symptoms.
  • People who are not vaccinated and have taken part in activities that put them at higher risk for COVID-19 because they cannot physically distance as needed to avoid exposure, such as travel, attending large social or mass gatherings, or being in crowded or poorly-ventilated indoor settings.
  • People who have been asked or referred to get tested by their doctor or public health agency.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, even if they have been fully vaccinated or previously had COVID-19. If you get tested because you have symptoms or were potentially exposed to the virus, you should stay away from others until you receive your test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.

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