The CDC recommends COVID-19 Testing for:
- People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
- Those who 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.
- Updated quarantine guidance after you are exposed to someone with Covid-19 can be found on the CDC website and CDPHE website.
CDC recommends that anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. If you get tested because you have symptoms or were potentially exposed to the virus, you should stay away from others pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.
More information is available on who should get tested and when from the CDC.
A negative test on a particular day does not guarantee that a person will not develop COVID-19 at any point in the future. For 14 days after exposure, regardless of your quarantine length, you should:
- Watch for symptoms of COVID-19.
- If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and get tested.
- Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash your hands, avoid crowds, and take other precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Avoid contact with high-risk individuals.