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

StateTesting Center ResourceContact Info
AlabamaAlabama Department of Public HealthWebsite
AlaskaAlaska Department of Health and Social ServicesWebsite
1-800-478-222 or 211
ArizonaArizona Department of Health ServicesWebsite
ArkansasArkansas Department of HealthWebsite
CaliforniaCalifornia Department of Public HealthWebsite
ColoradoColorado Department of Public Health and EnvironmentWebsite
1-866-760-6489 or 211
ConnecticutConnecticut State GovernmentWebsite
DelawareDelaware Division of Public HealthWebsite
FloridaFlorida Division of Emergency ManagementWebsite
GeorgiaGeorgia Department of Public HealthWebsite
1-404- 657-2700
HawaiiState of Hawaii Department of HealthWebsite
IdahoRegional Public Health DistrictsWebsite
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
IllinoisIllinois Department of Public HealthWebsite
IndianaIndiana State Department of HealthWebsite
IowaTest IowaWebsite
1-515-575-2131 or 1-844-844-1561
KansasKansas Department of Health and EnvironmentWebsite
KentuckyKentucky Public HealthWebsite
LouisianaLouisiana Department of HealthWebsite
MaineMaine Department of Health and Human ServicesWebsite
MarylandMaryland Department of HealthWebsite
MassachusettsMassachusetts Department of Public HealthWebsite
MichiganMichigan State GovernmentWebsite
1-888-535-6136, Ext. 1
MinnesotaMinnesota State GovernmentWebsite
1-651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504
MississippiMississippi State Department of HealthWebsite
1-601-576-7400 or 1-866-458-4948
MissouriMissouri Department of Health and Senior ServicesWebsite
MontanaMontana Disaster and Emergency ServicesWebsite
NebraskaNebraska Department of Health and Human ServicesWebsite
NevadaNevada Health ResponseWebsite
New HampshireNew Hampshire Department of Health and Human ServicesWebsite
1-866-444-4211 or 211
New JerseyNew Jersey State GovernmentWebsite
1-800-962-1253 or 211
New MexicoNew Mexico Department of HealthWebsite
New YorkNew York State Department of HealthWebsite
North CarolinaNorth Carolina Department of Health and Human ServicesWebsite
North DakotaNorth Dakota HealthWebsite
OhioOhio Department of HealthWebsite
OklahomaOklahoma State Department of HealthWebsite
OregonOregon Health and Science UniversityWebsite
PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Department of HealthWebsite
Rhode IslandRhode Island Department of HealthWebsite
1-401-222-8022 or 211
South CarolinaSouth Carolina Department of Health and Environmental ControlWebsite
South DakotaN/AWebsite
TennesseeTennessee Office of the GovernorWebsite
1-615-741-7247 or 1-800-404-3006
TexasTexas Department of State Health ServicesWebsite
UtahUtah State GovernmentWebsite
VermontVermont Department of HealthWebsite
1-802-828-2828 or 211
VirginiaVirginia Department of HealthWebsite
WashingtonWashington State Department of HealthWebsite
1-360-236-4501 or 1-800-525-0127
Washington, D.C.Government of the DIstrict of ColumbiaWebsite
West VirginiaWest Virginia Department of Health and Human ResourcesWebsite
WisconsinWisconsin Department of Health ServicesWebsite
WyomingWyoming Department of HealthWebsite

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

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.htmlThe 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 Laboratorieswww.aphl.orgThe APHL is a nonprofit organization in the United States that represents laboratories that protect public health and safety.
State Departments of Healthhttps://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_indexEach 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.

V. Sources