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 (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.
  • You have taken part in activities that put you at higher risk for COVID-19 because you 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.
  • You have been asked or referred to get tested by your health care provider, or state, tribal, local, or territorial health department.

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

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