Information on Testing
The Health Department encourages residents to continue to test for COVID-19 as needed. For full information on testing, visit the MDPH website. As a reminder, every home in the U.S. is eligible to order up to three rounds of free at-home tests. Order yours today at this link: https://www.covid.gov/tests
For more detailed information about the best way to use rapid at-home tests, including how to improve their accuracy by using repeated testing, see this link to FDA guidance. Visit the MDPH website for more information on testing.
When to Test
- If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild, isolate and take a test and stay home until you know the result. If the results are negative, retest 24-48 hours later.
What kind of test can I use?
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19: Rapid antigen or PCR (If you had COVID-19 in the last 90 days, you should use a rapid antigen test rather than a PCR, since PCR tests can stay positive for months).
- If you do not have symptoms but were exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19: Rapid antigen or, if you have not had COVID-19 in the last 90 days, PCR
- To test in order to stop masking prior to day 10 following isolation: Rapid antigen
When to Test
- You can consider testing before spending time with someone who is at high risk for severe COVID-19 (due to older age or medical conditions) especially if you are in an area with medium or high COVID-19 Community Level.
Where to Find Tests
-Beginning September 25, 2023 every U.S. household can again place an order to receive four more free COVID-19 rapid tests delivered directly to their home. Before You Throw Out "Expired" Tests: Check to see if your COVID-19 tests' expiration dates have been extended. Visit the Federal Government website to order up to 4 tests/household.
Rapid antigen tests are available at many stores and pharmacies. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order up to three rounds of free at-home tests. Order yours today at this link: https://www.covid.gov/tests.
Find a PCR test site near you.
Tested positive for COVID-19? Read this guide from the Health Department on isolation and quarantine. In most cases, if you're vaccinated and have no other health issues, in most instances COVID-19 illnesses can be managed at home. Contact your personal health care provider with specific concerns.