Should I get tested?

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection, should call their healthcare provider for guidance and separate themselves from others. Non-vaccinated individuals who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should quarantine for 14 days from the last date they were exposed.

The CDC recommends COVID-19 Testing for:

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Those who are not fully vaccinated and have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
  • People who have taken part in activities that put them at higher risk for COVID-19 because they cannot physically distance as needed to avoid exposure, such as travel, attending large social or mass gatherings, or being in crowded or poorly-ventilated indoor settings.
  • People who have been asked or referred to get tested by their healthcare provider, or state, tribal, local, or territorial health department.
  • The CDC recommends fully vaccinated people who have come into close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to be tested 5 - 7 days after exposure, and to wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result. See more on the CDC’s webpage: Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

Public health recommends a full 14-day quarantine as the best way to reduce disease spread. However, CDC has two alternative options for shortening quarantine if you are having hardship by staying home. An exposed person may shorten quarantine in the following situations: 

  • Quarantine can end after Day 10 if no symptoms have developed during daily monitoring; a test is not required. 
  • Quarantine can end after Day 7 if no symptoms have developed during daily monitoring and if you have a negative molecular or antigen test. The test must be collected within 2 days of the planned end of quarantine (in other words, 5 days after exposure), and a negative test result must be back before ending quarantine.
  • Under no circumstances should the quarantine end before 7 days have fully passed.

If you have received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since the final dose, you do not have to quarantine. However, you must monitor yourself for symptoms and if symptoms develop, isolate and get tested for COVID.

For information about testing sites in the area, visit

Individuals with insurance

Call or email your healthcare provider, or a telehealth line or nurseline, to get their advice before going to any health facility.

Individuals with no insurance

Contact a free telehealth line or nurseline service

Get text messages that support how to manage your symptoms, access care, and more by using the Colorado COVID Symptom Support tool. Review general questions and answers on the state’s FAQ page.

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1. Should I get tested?
2. Where can I get tested?
3. What should I know about At-Home testing?
4. Who can order the free Binax At-Home Rapid Testing
5. How can I get to a testing site if I don’t have transportation?
6. If I have no symptoms, should I get tested for COVID-19?
7. What is the difference between the tests available?
8. Should I get tested if I think I have been re-infected?
9. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
10. Where can I get ongoing care including primary care if I am uninsured?
11. How much does it cost to get a COVID-19 test?
12. What about antibody/serologic testing?
13. Where can I find more testing resources and information?
14. What should I bring when I get tested?
15. How do I get my results from my test?
16. How soon will I get my results?
17. What is the difference between a rapid test and quick lab turn-around time?
18. How are rapid COVID-19 tests different from other tests?
19. What are the different types of rapid COVID-19 tests available?
20. What should I know about rapid testing before getting a rapid test?
21. What questions should I ask the site that is conducting rapid testing?
22. What options are there for a homebound person to get tested or vaccinated?
23. What are the requirements for travel?