Should I get tested?

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection, should call their healthcare provider for guidance and separate themselves from others.

The CDC recommends COVID-19 Testing for:

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Those who have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
  • People who 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 are asked to test for screening purposes (schools, workplace, congregate settings, etc.) 
  • People who are planning to travel. Check your destination travel requirements, airlines, or the CDC website for more information.
  • New updated quarantine guidance after you are exposed to someone with Covid-19 can be found on the CDC website and CDPHE website.

For information about testing sites in the area, visit

Individuals with insurance

Call or email your healthcare provider, or a telehealth line or nurseline, to get their advice before going to any health facility.

Individuals with no insurance

Contact a free telehealth line or nurseline service

Get text messages that support how to manage your symptoms, access care, and more by using the Colorado COVID Symptom Support tool. Review general questions and answers on the state’s FAQ page.

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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?