Getting tested for COVID-19 (prototype)

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How do I get tested for COVID-19?

Your provider will decide if you need to be tested.

If you have a fever, cough, and/or difficulty breath, and have been near a person you know has COVID-19, stay home and contact your provider. 

Can I be tested for COVID-19 at home?

Not yet.

You can’t test for COVID-19 at home unless you are a healthcare worker or first responder.

The FDA recently approved a home testing kit. Because initial quantities of kits are limited, access is prioritized for healthcare workers and first responders.

We’re getting regular updates about home tests and will share that information as soon as we know more. 

Who can get tested for COVID-19

Providers are using the latest CDC advice to make decisions about who is tested for COVID-19. 

Testing is for people with the highest risk of serious or life-threatening conditions.

People with the highest risk of serious or life-threatening conditions are

  • patients 65 or older with symptoms and a high suspicion of COVID-19; or
  • patients younger than 65 with severe symptoms of and a high suspicion of COVID-19; or 
  • patients of any age who with health conditions like heart, lung, kidney liver issues, or any other conditions which may weaken their immune system, who have symptoms and a high suspicion of COVID-19; or
  • patients who are first responders (medical staff in ambulances, emergency rooms, hospitals, and doctors offices) with symptoms of COVID-19. 

Positive COVID-19 test results are reported to local public health authorities.