Testing is an important way to protect our communities and ourselves during the COVID-19 pandemic. North Carolina has focused on increasing testing of not only those who have symptoms, but also those who believe they may have come into contact with the virus.
There are two types of tests available:
- A viral test will tell if you have a current infection
- An antibody test will tell you if you had a previous infection (not included in NCDHHS’ total test numbers)
Who should be tested?
- Anyone with symptoms
- Anyone who thinks they have been exposed
- Anyone with a higher risk of exposure (people who live in or have contact with high-risk settings)
- Anyone with higher risk of serious illness (people over age 65 and/or with underlying health conditions)
- Anyone who comes from historically marginalized populations
- Health care workers or first responders
- Frontline and essential workers
- Anyone who attended protests, rallies, or other mass gatherings that could have been exposed to someone with COVID-19
Where can I get tested?
**Most sites require scheduling an appointment, screening, or referral from a healthcare provider
What if I don’t have health insurance?
- Call your nearest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). If you cannot be seen at an FQHC, call your local health department.
- Receive testing at CVS locations at no cost if you qualify
- Receive an at-home testing kit at no cost if you qualify
Need more information?
For more frequently asked questions, visit NCDHHS. If you didn’t find what you need on this page or need more information on local resources, dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162. Our call specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
SOURCES: CDC and NCDHHS