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​When You Should Be Tested

Mask up. Wash up. Sleeve up, Get the vaccine.

Who Should be Tested?

COVID-19 testing is recommended for people who have...

  • Symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, with and without symptoms.
      -- Asymptomatic fully-vaccinated people and people who have tested  positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months do not need to be tested.

  • Taken part in activities that put them at higher risk for COVID-19 (and are unvaccinated).
  • Referred for testing by healthcare provider or health department.
Public Health will continue to work with our partners to ensure COVID-19 screening and testing are available to all who need it in our community, regardless of insurance coverage. Speak with your healthcare provider or call the Public Health hotline at 980-314-9400. Call before visiting a medical office.

Where Do I Get Tested?

Visit our online Testing Sites Locator to find the COVID-19 testing site nearest you and obtain instruction information and operational hours.

You may also find testing information and options available through local hospitals.

Contact Novant Health 977-966-8268 or Click Here

Contact Atrium Health 704-468-8888 or Click Here
Contact Novant Health 977-966-8268 or Click Here

What If I Test Positive?

If you test positive and/or develop symptoms of COVID-19, you need to remain home until the following criteria are met:

  • At least 10 days from the start of symptoms (or date of test if you don't have symptoms).
  • AND - 24 hours after your fever is completely gone (or date of test if you don't have symptoms.
  • AND - Your symptoms are better.

What If I Test Negative?

If you have symptoms, you should stay home until you feel better and follow the advice of your health care provider.  You should consider being tested again if your symptoms persist/worsen.

If you were tested due to recent close contact to someone with COVID-19, you must still complete the 14 days of quarantine, even if you test negative. If you develop symptoms during the remainder of the 14-day time period, you should self-isolate and be tested again.

A negative test result does not mean you won’t test positive in the future.  It is important that you continue to practice the 3 W’s, monitor your symptoms, and get tested again if needed.

More guidance on testing is available from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.


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