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Testing is free and for everyone
Testing is free and for everyone

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.

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.

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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Fact Sheet for Patients

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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.

Instructions

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