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For 10 days after your last exposure, wear a mask when you are around others indoors.

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Get tested at least five full days after your last exposure – even if you don’t develop symptoms.

If you start lớn feel sick, isolate immediately and get tested.

Learn more about what to do if you were exposed to lớn COVID-19.

You can either get tested at a testing location or you can get a demo to take at home. In either case, you’re likely lớn take a rapid test that gives you results in minutes. 

Consider visiting one of North Carolina’s Test khổng lồ Treat sites where you can get tested and receive treatment if you are eligible. It’s the best way lớn speed up the healing process if you have COVID-19. 

Enter your zip code to find a kiểm tra to Treat location near you:

Find a kiểm tra to Treat locationPlease enter a 5 digit zip code

Learn more about available treatments & find out what to do if you feel sick here.

Don’t forget to wear your mask when picking up your demo or getting tested. If you aren"t well enough to lớn go out, gọi your healthcare provider or contact the NC COVID-19 Helpdesk at 1-888-675-4567.

I want a chạy thử I can take at home.

You can get rapid, at-home tests in your community, or you can get them shipped to you.

The FDA has a list of all approved tests. The danh mục includes information about who can use the tests, the shelf life of each test, and more. 

Learn more about trang chủ testing including how lớn take tests at home. 


I need a miễn phí test / I don’t have health insurance. How can I get tested?

If you need a test right away, there are tests available at no cost to you – even if you don’t have insurance. Just search for a free testing location or pick up an at-home test anywhere they are available. And remember, they can’t ask about your immigration status. 

If you aren’t in a hurry lớn get tested, or if you want khổng lồ stock up on tests for the future, you can order tests by mail – không lấy phí of charge – here

Don’t have insurance? You may be eligible to have your COVID-19 vaccine, testing và treatment covered at no-cost by Medicaid, even if you are not currently a Medicaid beneficiary. Apply online.

I need the most accurate test.

You can get a PCR chạy thử – a more sensitive type of test – at community testing sites or by ordering a PCR trang chủ collection kit. You can also go lớn your healthcare provider if you have one.

While rapid tests are a good indicator of the presence of COVID-19, PCR tests are especially important if you don’t have symptoms because they are able khổng lồ detect smaller amounts of the virus.

I need lớn take a thử nghiệm to return lớn work.

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There is no “right” thử nghiệm for returning to lớn work. Rather, each employer decides for itself which – if any – chạy thử is necessary before coming back to the office. Reach out lớn your company khổng lồ find out what they require. 

I need a kiểm tra for travel.

If you need a negative thử nghiệm to travel, you likely need a PCR test. However, keep in mind:

The CDC doesn’t require testing before traveling into the US from a foreign countryOnly some foreign countries still require proof of a negative demo before traveling there

Check with your airline, cruise line, or your destination’s official site before scheduling your test. And visit the CDC International Travel page for up-to-date information on travel requirements.

My child needs to lớn take a kiểm tra to return lớn school.

There’s no “right” thử nghiệm for returning khổng lồ school. check with your school to find out their specific requirements. 

Schools across the state are offering COVID-19 tests through the StrongSchoolsNC program. Visit the StrongSchools website to see if your child’s school is participating.

Where can I get tested, pick up tests, and/or get treatment?

Where can I find tests for COVID-19?

Use our COVID-19 kiểm tra locator khổng lồ find testing sites, test to Treat locations, where to lớn get tests lớn take at home, and more. 

What is thử nghiệm to Treat?

Some testing locations offer treatment, as well. These chạy thử to Treat locations could be your best option for quick care – especially if you feel sick.

If you don"t have insurance or a regular doctor, you can still get helped at a demo to Treat location. You may be charged a fee, so call first khổng lồ find out. If you vì chưng feel sick, please wear a mask.

Find a chạy thử to Treat locationPlease enter a 5 digit zip code
vì chưng I need lớn get tested if I"ve been vaccinated?

Yes. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed lớn COVID-19, you should get tested as soon as possible. Even if you’ve been vaccinated & boosted. 

How can I use my health insurance lớn buy at-home tests?

Have private insurance coverage?

Your health plan likely allows you khổng lồ get up khổng lồ eight at-home rapid tests per month per person. The kiểm tra will either be không lấy phí at the time of sale or reimbursed through your insurance. If you pay upfront, be sure to lớn keep your receipt và submit a claim.

You can get at-home tests online, through a pharmacy or at a store. Check your insurance"s policy on at-home chạy thử reimbursement:

Blue Cross blue Shield United Cigna Aetna Anthem

Don"t see your health insurance provider listed? Please check their website.

Have Medicaid coverage?

North Carolina Medicaid program guidelines allow you to get không tính phí at-home COVID rapid tests at no cost. Beneficiaries can select at-home tests at your preferred pharmacy & show your NC Medicaid ID thẻ for no out-of-pocket cost. The pharmacist will bill Medicaid on your behalf. 

Questions? liên hệ Medicaid & NC Health Choice Claims & Billing at (800)-688-6696. 

Have Medicare coverage?

You can access testing through your health care provider or local pharmacist. Or, pick up không lấy phí at-home rapid tests at Medicare-certified health clinics.

Currently, original Medicare does not pay for at-home tests for individuals’ purchases. However, Medicare Advantage plans may offer coverage và payment for at-home COVID-19 tests. If you"re covered by Medicare Advantage, be sure to kiểm tra your plan. 

Are schools offering testing? encourages all N.C. Schools to offer COVID-19 testing through our StrongSchoolsNC testing program, though schools are not required to lớn participate. 

To learn more about your school’s COVID-19 testing program, please tương tác your school office or check khổng lồ see if your school is participating in the StrongSchoolsNC testing program. 

Are workplaces offering testing?

Some employers might offer COVID-19 testing for their employees, but it’s not required & it’s not managed by the state of North Carolina. The best way lớn find out if your office or workplace offers testing is khổng lồ reach out lớn your employer directly. 

While a positive chạy thử confirms you have an infection, a negative test only shows that it didn’t detect the virus but does not rule out an infection. So, here’s what you should consider after receiving a negative COVID-19 chạy thử result.

Follow current CDC quarantine & isolation guidelines if:

You were tested because you have symptoms. A health care provider thinks you have COVID-19, even with a negative test. You were tested because of known tương tác with someone who has COVID-19. 

Resume regular activities if: 

You were tested for another reason, like workplace screening. You bởi vì not have known or suspected contact with someone who has COVID-19. You have no symptoms. 
What bởi I vày if my chạy thử is positive?

Here’s what you should do if you receive a positive COVID-19 chạy thử result: 

Stay trang chủ for at least five (5) days và stay away from others in your home

Treatments are available, and research shows they decrease your risk of hospitalization & death — if you get them in time. Don’t wait khổng lồ see if your symptoms get worse. If you feel sick, even a little, take steps to lớn get treated now. 

Getting treatment may cost nothing, so there’s no reason to delay. 

Here are 3 ways khổng lồ get treatment: 

Call your doctor who will recommend the best course of actionCall the đường dây nóng (1-888-675-4567) & we’ll help connect you khổng lồ a provider

If you tested at home, you can take your results to lớn a demo to Treat center và get evaluated for treatment even faster.

Note: Seek medical care immediately if you have trouble breathing or experience other warning signs