Get tested, Delaware


Get tested, Delaware.

There are permanent and temporary testing sites throughout Delaware.

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Where to Get Tested
Testing FAQs
Employer Resources
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Who should get tested?

  • Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19
  • Everyone 5 days after being exposed to someone confirmed to have COVID-19
  • Anyone preparing to attend a large gathering (1-2 days prior)

If you have symptoms and get a negative test result, take another test 2 days later. There are also other viruses going around, including influenza and RSV, so even if your COVID-19 test result is negative, it could be something else. So if you are sick, stay home.

Who Else?

  • People in certain higher-risk jobs (health care, first responder, corrections, long-term care) are recommended to get tested on a regular schedule getting tested on a regular basis.
  • If you are traveling or, are returning from travel outside the U.S.  Review the CDC’s recommendations on when it is not appropriate to travel here.
    Learn more about testing options based on why you need a COVID-19 test by visiting this link.

A link to search for COVID testing locations is below. Do not use hospital Emergency Rooms as an option for your COVID-19 test. The Emergency Departments need to be reserved for life-threatening emergencies.

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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 pattern. 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 Walgreens, Rite-Aid, medical provider offices, and Federally Qualified Heath Centers. 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

FDA At-Home OTC COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests provides a list of all FDA-authorized at-home over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 diagnostic tests and updated expiration dates for each. At home tests can be purchased at pharmacies and other retail locations. Below are a list of opportunities to get at-home tests for free.
  • Four free at- home COVID-19 tests – The White House has just made more free tests available by allowing households to order up to four at-home tests from Covidtest.gov.
  • Eight Free At home tests for Insured Persons – Insured individuals are eligible for up to eight free at-home tests per covered member per month. Most people with a health plan can go online, or to a pharmacy or store to get an at-home COVID-19 test at no cost, either through reimbursement or free of charge through their insurance. Learn more details here. *Over-the-counter rapid antigen tests do not require result reporting to the Division of Public Health, however, those who test positive should follow the most current isolation guidelines and notify their close contacts and make them aware of the exposure.
  • Medicare Recipients Free Access to OTC at-home tests – Delawareans with Medicare Part B, including those enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, now have access over-the-counter COVID-19 tests at no cost. The initiative continues until the COVID-19 public health emergency ends. People with Medicare can get up to eight tests per calendar month from participating pharmacies and health care providers.
  • COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS – Community organizations can order quantities of free test kits to distribute to individuals within their communities. Just complete this Resource Request Form and email it to: dhss06sg_shoc_operations@delaware.gov. Assistance to complete the form can also be obtained by emailing the shoc operations email address.
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Resources for Private Employers

Private employers may be setting up screening testing programs in response to state or federal mandates. For supporting documents related to establishing a screening testing program, view the Division of Public Health’s materials for private employers. 

The State of Delaware is strongly recommending that private businesses follow CDC guidance and any applicable guidance on mandates.

Private Employer Supporting Materials


Testing Results

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

If you test positive, you will need to isolate and follow the most current isolation guidelines.

If you test negative, continue to take steps to protect yourself from getting the virus, including wearing a face covering when in public or around people who are immunocompromised.

At-home rapid antigen tests do not require result reporting to the Division of Public Health, however, those who test positive should follow the most current isolation guidelines and notify their close contacts to make them aware of the exposure.

Prevention


 

Did you or someone you love test positive for COVID-19? View available treatment options.

 

Stats on the Spread.

For more data on Delaware COVID cases, testing and outcomes, including demographic breakdowns, go to My Healthy Communities

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Health Care Providers: Submit details about your testing event to have it considered for addition to the testing calendar. Submit your event now.