How are rapid COVID-19 tests different from other tests?
  • Rapid tests use a swab from the nose or throat. The swab is analyzed at the doctor’s office or clinic where you are tested. Test results from a rapid test should be available in one hour or less. 
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 tests are still the most accurate. PCR tests also use a swab from the nose or throat. PCR tests are not rapid and the swab must be sent to a laboratory to analyze the test. Wait times for PCR test results can be as short as 24- 48 hours. If laboratories are overwhelmed it can take a week or more to get results. 
  • We encourage you to ask any testing provider how long it will take to get your results and how you will be contacted to get your results. 

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1. Should I get tested?
2. Where can I get tested?
3. What should I know about At-Home testing?
4. How do I order the free At-Home rapid testing kit?
5. How can I get to a testing site if I don’t have transportation?
6. If I have no symptoms, should I get tested for COVID-19?
7. What is the difference between the tests available?
8. Should I get tested if I think I have been re-infected?
9. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
10. Where can I get ongoing care including primary care if I am uninsured?
11. How much does it cost to get a COVID-19 test?
12. What about antibody/serologic testing?
13. Where can I find more testing resources and information?
14. What should I bring when I get tested?
15. How do I get my results from my test?
16. How soon will I get my results?
17. What is the difference between a rapid test and quick lab turn-around time?
18. How are rapid COVID-19 tests different from other tests?
19. What are the different types of rapid COVID-19 tests available?
20. What should I know about rapid testing before getting a rapid test?
21. What questions should I ask the site that is conducting rapid testing?
22. What options are there for a homebound person to get tested or vaccinated?
23. What are the requirements for travel?