Viral tests check samples from your respiratory system (such as swabs of the inside of the nose) to tell you if you currently have an infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Some tests are point-of-care tests, meaning results may be available at the testing site in less than an hour. Other tests must be sent to a laboratory to analyze, a process that takes 1-2 days once received by the lab.
For patients: Talk to your healthcare provider. Stay home and call your health care provider for advice if you are feeling sick.
Testing sites may require pre-registration, or a doctor’s prescription, in order for a test to be taken. Check with the testing site before going to one of the testing locations. Some commercial testing sites are able to provide a prescription, as well as perform the diagnostic test on-site.