Get tested, Delaware.
There are permanent and temporary testing sites throughout Delaware.
Find a location near you now.
For help, call 2-1-1
(or text your ZIP code to 898-211 for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing)
and you will be connected to medical personnel about screening.
Who should get tested?
While everyone can get tested (whether you have symptoms or not) not everyone needs to. However, if you meet any of these criteria you definitely should. Under these criteria you should also self-quarantine/isolate at home as you wait for your results, and follow the advice of your health care provider or public health professional.
- People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
- People who have had close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes during a 24 hour period) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- People who have asked or referred to get testing by their health care provider. Learn More
- People in certain higher-risk jobs (health care, first responder, corrections, long-term care) are recommended to get tested on a regular schedule.
People who don’t meet the above criteria are recommended to get tested once a month.
Types of tests:
SHALLOW NASAL TEST (just inside the nose)
This test typically is self-administered by the individual, under the direction of testing site staff. The individual uses a swab to rub the walls of each nostril in a circular patten. Learn More.
DEEP NASAL TEST (used by hospital systems only)
This test is administered by health care providers, using what looks like a long stick with a soft brush at the end. Because the swab must go very far back to collect the cells and fluid in the passageway, the test can feel uncomfortable. Learn More.
This test is also self-administered under staff direction. The individual being tested cannot drink, eat or brush their teeth 20 minutes before the test. The individual rubs the swab on the inside of each cheek, the gums, the roof of the mouth and the tongue. Learn More.
Where to get tested:
Delaware has permanent testing sites at Division of Public Health Clinics, State Service Centers, Walgreens and Rite-Aids. There are also semi-permanent community sites operated by health care systems, and pop-up and school sites operated by Curative, Inc. Most of these sites do not require the individual to have symptoms to be tested. While some sites do not require appointments, it will save you waiting time if you do make an appointment or pre-register.Search Testing Locations
At-home testing kits are available for Delawareans residents, especially for teachers, staff and students of Delaware schools, Delawareans over the age of 60, those in high-risk groups, and anyone who has been in a large gathering or had any higher risk contact, such as interacting with others without a face covering or appropriate social distancing.Request an at Home Kit
School Testing Locations
There are tests available for K-12 students, educators, and staff.
DPH recommends students, educators, and staff get tested at least once per month as part of the state’s efforts to identify and decrease the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and community. DPH and the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) have worked closely with schools and districts statewide to offer multiple testing options to meet the needs of students, educators and staff, including:
- School district and charter testing sites to assist with school reopenings.
- Contracting with Mako Medical to work directly with school districts for testing options.
- Community testing sites through commercial pharmacies, State Service Centers and Public Health Clinics.
- Routine at-home testing kits for educators and staff.
In partnership with Nemours Children’s Health System and other pediatric care providers, the State of Delaware also has added rapid point-of-care antigen tests, which can diagnose COVID-19 infection in as little as 15 minutes, to support its overall testing strategy and increase access to testing for K-12 students. The tests are largely being distributed to outpatient clinical settings providing care to children and adolescents, especially those currently in child care and in-person learning environments.Find a testing location
Depending on the type of test, results could take anywhere from minutes to days.
If you test postive, know what protective steps to take to prevent others from getting sick.Guidance
If you test negative, you probably were not infected at the time your sample was collected. The result only means that you did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing. Continue to take steps to protect yourself from getting the virus including consistently wearing a face covering when in public or around people who don’t live with you, and social distancing.Prevention
Stats on the Spread.
For more data on Delaware COVID cases, testing and outcomes, including demographic breakdowns, go to My Healthy Communities
Submit a Location.
Health Care Providers: Submit details about your testing event to have it considered for addition to the testing calendar. Submit your event now.
Testing Guidance for Employers & Resource List
Businesses and employers can prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 within the workplace. Coordinate with the Division of Public Health (DPH) and Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) to determine the most appropriate recommendations for employee testing based on a variety of factors, including risk category and size. Learn more.
Delaware COVID-19 Testing Plan
The State of Delaware released its testing plan on July 13, 2020. The goal is to provide Delawareans easy access to COVID-19 testing of their choice, when and where they need it. See the testing plan.