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.
  • 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.

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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.


SALIVA TEST

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:

In-Person

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.

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At Home

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.

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School Testing Information

The following options are available to districts, charters, private schools, and parochial schools for their staff and/or students and families to get tested for COVID-19.

  1. At-Home Testing
    • Since August, the Vault at-home testing option has been available to all school personnel supporting in-person instruction. School staff receive a test in the mail each month and receive results within 72 hours.
    • Students and families can also utilize this same at-home option by ordering a test online and having it sent to their house.
  2. Community Sites/Permanent Sites
  3. Antigen Testing:
    • District, charter, private, and parochial schools have the option to use on-site antigen testing starting in January. 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.
  4. Mako School Testing:
    • District, charter, private, and parochial schools can also leverage the Mako school testing option. Mako testing takes place at the school, and is ideal for larger single-day events, such as testing an entire school on the same day.
    • Schools will be asked to assist by providing a location and conducting outreach to their school community encouraging participation in the event. These events require at least 300 registrants.
    • To set up a day of Mako school testing at one of your schools, please contact Mako directly.





Testing Results

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.








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.