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Testing Information



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Testing is a great way to keep you safe and help Delaware beat the virus. Here’s what you can find on this page.


Testing Frequently Asked Questions

Anyone can get tested for COVID-19 – even those without symptoms. Immediate testing is highly encouraged for those with symptoms. Testing is also highly encouraged for anyone who was told by a Delaware Contact Tracer, that they may have been exposed to, or were a contact of, someone with COVID-19. Close contacts should only be tested AFTER their recommended 14-day quarantine period has ended, because the test may become positive at any point during the 14 days after exposure.

Lastly, those with frequent or high-risk contact with others including health care workers, first responders, those in the hospitality (food/hotel) industry, and critical infrastructure personnel, are recommended to obtain testing at regular intervals even when they do not have symptoms. We recommend you examine the table below to see if you work in a job which is recommended to undergo routine testing.

If you are sick with any of the following symptoms, stay home: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, chills, shaking with chills, headache, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, loss of smell or taste. Other symptoms such as abdominal pain or lack of appetite have been identified as potential symptoms related to COVID-19 and may prompt further screening, action or investigation by a medical provider.

Visit https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/testing/ to find a testing location near you, or order a home test kit.

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Oral Swab/Saliva Testing Information

Oral swab testing (also known as saliva-based testing or Curative testing) is most frequently used at community testing sites run by the State or New Castle County. It is a simple, painless, test that a person does themselves in the comfort of their own vehicle. Results are generally available within three days from Curative Inc. if you provided an email during registration.

If you provided an email to register for the community, saliva-based testing and did not get your results emailed to you by Curative Inc within three days, contact them at support@curativeinc.com. If you did not provide an email address, a representative from the Division of Public Health will call within five days to provide your result.

You are asked not to eat, drink or brush your teeth for 20 min. prior to your appointment.

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Fact Sheet for Patients

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Instructions

 

Oral Swab/Saliva Test Instructions

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COVID-19 Patient Instructions After Oral Swab/Saliva Testing

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Nasal Swab Testing Information

Hospital run testing events typically use a deep nasal swab to test for COVID-19, however, pharmacies and some hospitals are beginning to use a shallow nasal swab test that swabs the front of the nostrils, and that the patient can self-administer. The length of time to receive results varies.

Pharmacies using shallow nasal swabs process tests through the Public Health Lab and results will be available within five days. Testing done by hospitals or private providers may utilize a commercial lab and the length of time is dependent upon testing volume.

COVID-19 Patient Instructions After Testing

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Walgreens Patient Instructions After Testing

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Testing Guidance for Employers and Resource List

Businesses and employers can prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 within the workplace. Businesses and employers are encouraged to 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.

The below guidance and recommendations are based on State of Delaware requirements, Division of Public Health guidance and information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Employers who want to discuss options for employee testing, or develop a testing or infection control plan for their organization are asked to fill out this contact form. You will be contacted within 72 hours of submitting the form.

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Symptoms

If you have a medical emergency, call 911 and make sure to let the dispatcher know which symptoms you are experiencing.

Tests are available for everyone in Delaware.

Things to know

If you are sick with any of the following symptoms, stay home: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, chills, shaking with chills, headache, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, loss of smell or taste. Other symptoms such as abdominal pain or lack of appetite have been identified as potential symptoms related to COVID-19 and may prompt further screening, action or investigation by a medical provider.

Anyone experiencing symptoms should get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible.


Quarantine VS. Isolation

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What is the difference between “quarantine” and “isolation”?

Both quarantine and isolation help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.

  • Quarantine: separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to wait and see if they are infected and become sick.
  • Isolation: separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

Get More COVID Data

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






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