If you are feeling ill and wonder if you should be tested for the new coronavirus, there are some things to know and some things to consider.
First, the tests are not available everywhere to everyone. Each state has its own rules for conducting tests and most require that a physician refer a person for a test.
Generally, the test will not be conducted on someone who is not displaying symptoms of the virus, and those getting the tests must meet either the state’s own criteria for tests or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s criteria.
Below is a list of each state’s public health department and information about testing policies. Remember, call your doctor before you go to the doctor’s office if you have the symptoms of COVID-19.
The information below applies to testing done by the state. If you go to a commercial testing facility, the criteria are not necessarily the same. Generally, results from state testing take from 24 to 72 hours to come back.
- If you do not have a physician you see regularly and feel you need a test, you can call 1-888-264-2256.
- For more information, call Alabama’s 211 system by dialing 2-1-1 or texting 888-421-1266. Or visit the Alabama Department of Public Health’s coronavirus webpage.
- For more information, call the Arizona information line at 1-844-542-8201, or visit the Arizona Department of Health Services’ website.
- For more coronavirus information, call 800-803-7847 or visit the Arkansas Department of Health’s website.
- Patients must be symptomatic and meet the state’s criteria to be tested.
- For more information, call the CO HELP line at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911, or go to the website of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
- If you do not have a primary care physician, call one of these hotlines:
• Hartford Healthcare Hotline: (860) 972-8100
• Yale-New Haven Health: (833) 484-1200
• Bristol Hospital Coronavirus Info Line: (860) 261-6855
• Stamford Health: (203) 276-4111
- For more information, go to the state’s coronavirus website.
- For more information, call the Delaware Division of Public Health's call center at (866) 408-1899. TTY users should dial 1-800-232-5460.
- The state is only recommending testing for people with symptoms.
- For more information, visit the Delaware Division of Public Health's website.
District of Columbia
- Your health care provider must have authorization from the Indiana State Department of Health in order for the test to be evaluated by the department.
- For more information, go to the Indiana State Department of Health’s website, call the Epidemiology Resource Center at 317-233-7125 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Call your local health department to be connected to a physician in your area if you do not already have one.
- Patients must meet the state’s criteria to be tested.
- For more information, call the state's hotline at 1-866-534-3463 (available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) or go to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's website.
- For more information, contact the Louisiana 211 network by dialing 2-1-1 or by texting LACOVID to 898-211, or visit the Louisiana Department of Health’s coronavirus website.
- Testing will be done based on CDC guidance.
- For more information, contact Maine’s 211 system by calling 2-1-1, or by calling 1-866-811-5695, texting your ZIP code to 898-211, or emailing email@example.com. You can also visit the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s website.
- For more information, go to the Maryland Department of Health's coronavirus website.
- For more information, call the state 211 line (by dialing 2-1-1. The information line is providing real-time COVID-19 information. Or you can visit the Massachusetts coronavirus website.
- The state lab is only testing the highest priority patients.
- For more coronavirus information, call the state hotline at 651-201-3920 or visit the Minnesota Department of Health’s website.
- For information about coronavirus in Mississippi, go to the Mississippi Department of Health’s coronavirus website, or you can also call the hotline Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (877) 978-6453.
- People must meet the state's criteria for testing.
- For more information, call the Missouri 24-hour coronavirus hotline at 877-435-8411, or visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services' website.
- People must meet CDC guidance for testing.
- For more information, visit the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services website, or contact your tribal or county health department websites.
- Patients must meet the CDC criteria to be tested.
- You can find more information on the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ website.
- For more information, go to the New Mexico Department of Health’s website, or call the state hotline at 1-855-600-3453.
- Patients must meet the state’s criteria to be tested.
- For more information, go to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ website.
- If you do not have a physician, call your local public health unit.
- Only symptomatic people are being tested at this time.
- For more information, visit the North Dakota Department of Health’s website.
- Call the state hotline at 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) if you think you may need to be tested.
- For coronavirus information, call 1-877-724-3258 or visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s website.
- You can find more information on the Rhode Island Department of Health’s website.
- Patients will be tested based on the state's criteria
- For more information, call the South Carolina coronavirus information line at 1-855-472-3432, or visit the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s website.
- For more information on the coronavirus, contact the Tennessee Department of Health, or call the department’s COVID-19 public information hotline at 877-857-2945. The phone is manned from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT.
- If you do not have a health care provider, call the Utah coronavirus hotline at 1-800-456-7707.
- For more information, visit the state’s coronavirus website.
- Patients must meet the state’s criteria for testing.
- For more information, visit the Vermont Department of Health’s website.
- For coronavirus information, visit the Virginia Department of Health’s website.
- Providers will determine if a test is indicated based on CDC criteria.
- For more information, call the state COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-887-4304, or visit the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ website.