I. How to get tested for COVID-19

The procedures for COVID-19 testing vary by state, county, and in some cases, the testing site or healthcare provider. The coronavirus testing directory below lists resources by state. Many states have created interactive maps or lists where residents can easily find information about their nearest testing site. Individuals should read the guidelines for their chosen test site carefully, and contact the testing provider if they have any questions about criteria or procedures.

Most testing sites require an appointment and may also require a referral from a healthcare provider. Additionally, some sites will only test individuals who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, while others will test asymptomatic individuals as well. Individuals should also be mindful of costs that may be associated with COVID-19 testing. Some sites are providing testing free of charge; others accept health insurance or payment out-of-pocket.

Please note that testing sites may close, or change their hours or testing criteria without notice. All information contained in the following directory is current as of the date of publication.

II. State COVID-19 Testing Directory

State Testing Center Resource Contact Info
Alabama Alabama Department of Public Health Website
1-888-264-2256
Alaska Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Website
1-800-478-222 or 211
Arizona Arizona Department of Health Services Website
602-542-1025
Arkansas Arkansas Department of Health Website
1-800-462-0599
California California Department of Public Health Website
1-833-544-2374
Colorado Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Website
1-866-760-6489 or 211
Connecticut Connecticut State Government Website
211
Delaware Delaware Division of Public Health Website
211
Florida Florida Division of Emergency Management Website
1-850-815-4000
Georgia Georgia Department of Public Health Website
1-404- 657-2700
Hawaii State of Hawaii Department of Health Website
211
Idaho Regional Public Health Districts Website
District 1: 1-877-415-5225
District 2: 1-208-748-0400
District 3: 1-208-455-5411
District 4: 1-208-321-2222
District 5: 1-208-737-1138
District 6: 1-208-234-5875
District 7: 1-208-522-0310
Illinois Illinois Department of Public Health Website
1-800-889-3931
Indiana Indiana State Department of Health Website
1-888-634-1116
Iowa Test Iowa Website
1-515-575-2131 or 1-844-844-1561
Kansas Kansas Department of Health and Environment Website
1-866-534-3463
Kentucky Kentucky Public Health Website
1-800-722-5725
Louisiana Louisiana Department of Health Website
1-225-342-9500
Maine Maine Department of Health and Human Services Website
211
Maryland Maryland Department of Health Website
211
Massachusetts Massachusetts Department of Public Health Website
211
Michigan Michigan State Government Website
1-888-535-6136, Ext. 1
Minnesota Minnesota State Government Website
1-651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504
Mississippi Mississippi State Department of Health Website
1-601-576-7400 or 1-866-458-4948
Missouri Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Website
1-573-751-6400
Montana Montana Disaster and Emergency Services Website
1-888-333-0461
Nebraska Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Website
1-402-471-3121
Nevada Nevada Health Response Website
1-775-684-4000
New Hampshire New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Website
1-866-444-4211 or 211
New Jersey New Jersey State Government Website
1-800-962-1253 or 211
New Mexico New Mexico Department of Health Website
1-855-600-3453
New York New York State Department of Health Website
1-888-364-3065
North Carolina North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Website
211
North Dakota North Dakota Health Website
1-701-328-2372
Ohio Ohio Department of Health Website
1-833-427-5634
Oklahoma Oklahoma State Department of Health Website
211
Oregon Oregon Health and Science University Website
1-503-494-8311
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Department of Health Website
1-877-724-3258
Rhode Island Rhode Island Department of Health Website
1-401-222-8022 or 211
South Carolina South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Website
1-803-898-3432
South Dakota N/A Website
Tennessee Tennessee Office of the Governor Website
1-615-741-7247 or 1-800-404-3006
Texas Texas Department of State Health Services Website
211
Utah Utah State Government Website
Vermont Vermont Department of Health Website
1-802-828-2828 or 211
Virginia Virginia Department of Health Website
Washington Washington State Department of Health Website
1-360-236-4501 or 1-800-525-0127
Washington, D.C. Government of the DIstrict of Columbia Website
West Virginia West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Website
1-800-887-4304
Wisconsin Wisconsin Department of Health Services Website
1-608-266-1865
Wyoming Wyoming Department of Health Website
1-877-996-9000

III. When to get tested for COVID-19

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most common COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Individuals who display any of these symptoms should contact their healthcare provider or seek testing as soon as possible. You can also determine if you need to seek testing using the CDC’s Self-Checker tool.

If you are experiencing emergency warning signs of COVID-19, which include trouble breathing; persistent chest pressure or pain; new confusion; inability to wake or stay awake, and/or bluish lips or face, you should seek emergency medical care immediately.

Depending on where you are, you may be able to get tested for COVID-19 even if you are not displaying any symptoms. The CDC recommends that asymptomatic individuals who have been exposed to someone with a known or suspected case of COVID-19 get tested themselves, although testing criteria and availability is ultimately determined by the specific testing provider.

IV. Additional Resources

Name Website Summary
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html The CDC is the United States’ leading national public health organization. Its mission is to protect public health and safety through the control and prevention of disease, injury, and disability in the U.S. and abroad.
World Health Organization (WHO) https://www.who.int/ A specialized agency of the United Nations, WHO is responsible for international public health. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, it has field offices worldwide.
Association of Public Health Laboratories www.aphl.org The APHL is a nonprofit organization in the United States that represents laboratories that protect public health and safety.
State Departments of Health https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/fsis-content/internet/main/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/additional-recall-links/state-departments-of-public-health/ct_index Each state in the U.S. has its own department of health. These public health departments are currently coordinating efforts for COVID-19 testing and treatment.

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