Get tested, Delaware


Get tested, Delaware.

There are permanent and temporary testing sites throughout Delaware.

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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.




Because of the volume of testing that the State of Delaware is doing, some testing sites will now start collecting insurance information from those being tested so insurance providers can be billed.

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, including those who are fully vaccinated.
  • DPH recommends that unvaccinated people get tested once a week
  • Unvaccinated people should get tested 5-7 days after being exposed to someone with COVID.
  • Unvaccinated people should isolate at home immediately if they develop symptoms of COVID-19, and quarantine at home if exposed to someone with 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.
  • Fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after being exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • Fully vaccinated people do not need to quarantine after exposure. They do need to wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days, according to the CDC.

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Testing FAQ’s

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.


Where to get tested:

In-Person

Delaware has permanent testing sites at 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.

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At Home

  • At-home testing kits from Vault available for Delaware 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. The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) cannot provide clearance letters based on the results of unmonitored home tests.

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  • At-Home test kits from Labcorp The state of Delaware and Labcorp are teaming up to make convenient at-home kits for COVID-19 testing available to Delaware residents. For more information on how the tests work and to order from Labcorp, visit their website. DPH cannot provide clearance letters based on the results of unmonitored home tests.
  • Take Home Test Kits at Delaware Libraries – DPH has also partnered with Delaware Libraries to place free, take-home rapid test kits in most library locations. Tests are available while supplies last. Please call ahead before arriving to pick up a take-home rapid test kit. View contact information for all Delaware Libraries. These test kits are for you to take home and keep just in case you or a family member needs it. Library cards are not required to pick up a take-home test kit, but you can apply for one and take advantage of other library services at the same time. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, do not come to a library for a test kit, instead, visit one of the other fixed or community testing locations. View information on how to interpret your test results or what to do if your result comes back positive at de.gov/librarytest. DPH cannot provide clearance letters based on the results of unmonitored home tests.

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School Testing Information

Free COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing Through Quidel

DPH is partnering with DOE and Quidel Corporation to offer comprehensive COVID-19 testing, processing and reporting in Delaware schools. Quidel will utilize its rapid antigen tests to provide results in as little as 10 minutes.

  • This service which is free to schools and staff, is a complete turn-key solution that includes Quidel staff to conduct the tests in-person, analyze results and report them to families and the State, taking the burden off of schools.
  • This testing service is meant to be a routine process that is aimed at testing asymptomatic staff and students. Staff and students who have symptoms of COVID-19 are reminded to stay home and seek testing at one of Delaware’s available sites.
  • Learn more about this program by reading these Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Schools and families that want to learn more about the program can also visit COVID-19 School Testing or email Quidel at insidesales@quidel.com.

School-Operated Antigen Testing

      • District, charter, private, and parochial schools have the option to use on-site antigen testing. These are rapid tests that deliver results in 15 minutes and are intended for widespread systematic testing of asymptomatic individuals within the school. We encourage districts to focus on their highest need schools for this option.
        • Individual sites should create operational testing plans.
        • DOE/DPH have created an FAQ to support sites who adopt antigen testing.
        • DPH is available to host a WebEx to demonstrate antigen testing.
      • For more information and to set up an antigen testing program at one of your schools, please contact Susan Haberstroh, DOE Director of School Support Services.

Testing Results

Depending on the type of test, results could take anywhere from minutes to days.

If you test postive, you will need to isolate (or quarantine if you were a close contact of someone with COVID and not fully vaccinated).

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If you test negative, continue to take steps to protect yourself from getting the virus if you are not fully vaccinated, including consistently wearing a face covering when in public or around people who don’t live with you, and maintaining at least three feet of 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.

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.