If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and have a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and have a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that people who are mildly ill may be able to isolate and care for themselves at home.
Testing is not recommended for those who do not have symptoms. Due to limited testing supplies, testing may be prioritized for the following individuals:
Hospitalized patients who have signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 in order to inform decisions related to controlling the spread of infection in these facilities.
Other symptomatic individuals such as, older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions and/or an immunocompromised state that may put them at higher risk for more severe illness with COVID-19 (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, receiving immunosuppressive medications, chronic lung disease, chronic kidney disease).
Those who are identified by the health department through case investigation who have had close contact with a suspect or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case, including healthcare personnel.
The health department does not provide testing or write orders for testing. To be tested, someone must have an order for testing from their healthcare provider.