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As testing capacity continues to expand, health care providers may consider testing people who have no symptoms. The goal of testing would be to identify COVID-19 positive people who were not aware they were infected. Asymptomatic testing might be helpful with anyone who is:
However, test results must be interpreted carefully. A positive test should be treated as a case of COVID-19 and those people need to stay home and away from others for 10 days after the test was collected (assuming no symptoms develop).
A negative test on a particular day does not guarantee that a person will not develop COVID-19 at any point in the future. In addition, a negative test cannot clear someone from quarantine if they had been in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19. Find where you can get tested at www.tchd.org/COVID-19Testing
Testing kits are free-of-charge to all Coloradans who interact with the public at their jobs. Test kits contain six tests, which recipients can use to test themselves every five days. Users are eligible to order their next Binax At-Home testing kit 20 days after their previous order.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems should call their healthcare provider for guidance and separate themselves from others. Anyone who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should quarantine for 14 days from the last date they were exposed.
You should wait about seven days after you think you were exposed before you get tested to make sure there is enough of the virus for the test to find COVID-19 in your body. Even if you test negative for COVID-19 before the end of two weeks of quarantine, you should still stay home for the full 14 days, in case you get sick after your test. Find out where you can get tested at www.tchd.org/COVID-19Testing
Call or email your healthcare provider, or a telehealth line or nurseline, to get their advice before going to any health facility.
The CovidLine is a free hotline for COVID-19 screening and telehealth service for Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas County residents who may not have insurance. CovidLine Telephone Hotline:
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.
Watch this video to learn about the difference between the tests available. It is important for you to get tested if you were around someone who has COVID-19 even if you are symptom-free. Find where you can get tested at www.tchd.org/COVID-19Testing
Learn more about testing basics by reviewing the FDA testing fact sheet.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. Find where you can get tested at www.tchd.org/COVID-19Testing
Check with your healthcare provider if you think you have been re-exposed.As COVID-19 continues to circulate, individuals who had a positive COVID-19 test may be re-exposed to the virus. Many questions about immunity after infection remain and scientific studies are underway to determine whether someone who had an infection before can get be reinfected. Find where you can get tested at www.tchd.org/COVID-19Testing
Call your health care provider before going to the clinic or hospital to be tested. Ask your provider or local clinic if they offer telehealth visits, or call one of Colorado’s nurselines.
Currently, we do not test or directly collect samples for testing. Your healthcare provider may send you to a place that has testing available. Some testing sites require a referral and to schedule an appointment ahead of time. Check the details of each testing site online for the most up-to-date information.
These clinics accept patients regardless of insurance status.
These community health centers provide primary care services as well as COVID-19 testing services.
Other locations are listed on our testing site at www.tchd.org/COVID-19Testing.
The following private providers have indicated that they are able to provide COVID-19 testing. For more information, please contact these companies directly. Because they are private providers and not operated by the State of Colorado, neither the state nor the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is responsible for the information about or operations of these testing sites:
You can find additional testing locations at www.tchd.org/COVID-19Testing.
COVID-19 testing is covered by all major insurance plans. Contact your health insurer for specific information. If you do not have insurance, review our list of free testing sites.
For assistance with disputing medical bills first contact your insurer, and if problems continue to exist you can reach out to the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative’s (CCHI) Consumer Assistance Program or the Colorado Division of Insurance. Find where you can get tested at www.tchd.org/COVID-19Testing
Use caution when deciding to get tested for COVID-19 antibodies. The tests being marketed vary greatly in quality and accuracy and it is difficult for the public to determine which tests are better.
Beware of emails and posts selling antibody tests. There are multiple scams or unscrupulous companies trying to mislead the public with misinformation. At this time, the FDA has not authorized any COVID-19 test to be completely used and processed at home.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is conducting research studies with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) to evaluate certain antibody tests and those results have not been released.
At this time, antibody tests should not be used to diagnosis current COVID-19 infection. Having a positive antibody test does not necessarily mean that you have immune protection against infection.
Regardless of an antibody test result, follow the same guidelines for protecting yourself against COVID-19 and follow stay-at-home instructions if you have symptoms.
Review the FDA Testing Basics fact sheet to learn more about the different types of tests. Find where you can get tested at www.tchd.org/COVID-19Testing
Find where you can get tested at www.tchd.org/COVID-19Testing.
Most testing sites ask that you bring the following items to get tested:
Review the testing site’s website before you get tested. Not all items are required at every site and some sites may require additional information.
The health care provider where you got tested will give you your testing results. Some sites have a phone number or portal for you to access and get your results.
When you get tested ask how you will be able to get your test results.
Lab turn-around times vary based on where the test is being processed. When you get tested, ask what their test/lab turn-around time is. You can also ask when registering or pre-registering so you will know what to expect. Lab turn-around times can change.
Rapid antigen testing can be useful to quickly help determine if you have COVID-19. Antigen tests with positive results are usually highly accurate. However, negative results may need to be confirmed with a molecular test. If you don’t have symptoms of COVID-19 but need to be tested, a molecular test may be the better test to use.
Rapid testing is widely available in the Denver Metro Area. Many urgent care centers offer rapid testing. We encourage you to call the site before you go to find out if they offer rapid testing.
To find a location near you, visit the 2-1-1 website. Enter your zip code in the search bar and the results will be sorted so that the sites closest to you will appear first.
Some states and countries require a negative test before entry. Often, these tests must be completed within 24-72 hours before arrival. In some cases, the tests must be a molecular test and rapid antigen tests will not be accepted. Find out which type of test the travel location will accept. It is a good idea to check with your airline before you go to make sure you can enter/exit your destination easily. Learn more about traveling at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travel Page.