Get tested, Delaware.
There are permanent and temporary testing sites throughout Delaware.
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|Where to 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
- Get tested 5 days after being exposed to someone with COVID-19, whether you have been vaccinated or not.
- 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.
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:
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.
- 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.
- Over-the-Counter Rapid Antigen Tests – Rapid antigen tests are available over the counter through pharmacies and other retail outlets when supply is available. In addition, each household can request a set of four antigen tests through the federal government at www.covidtests.gov. The White House recently announced that those who have received their initial supply of tests, can place a second order for another round. 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. Those with questions related to at-home antigen tests can call 1-866-408-1899.
- 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. A list of eligible pharmacies and other health care providers that have committed publicly to participate in this initiative can be found here. Because of additional pharmacies and providers may also participate, people with Medicare should check with the ones they use to find out whether they are participating.
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.
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 consistently wearing a face covering when in public or around people who don’t live with you, and social distancing.
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. Those with questions related to at-home antigen tests can call 1-866-408-1899.
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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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.