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​When You Should Be Tested

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Who Should be Tested?

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

  • Symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Had close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
  • Higher risk due to age, other health conditions, or work environment.
  • Recently attended mass gatherings or protests.
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, Option 1 to speak with a community provider. Call before visiting a medical office.

How 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

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?

Anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19 is asked to quarantine for 14 days. If you test negative during your quarantine, you must still complete the 14 days of quarantine. If you develop symptoms during the remainder of the 14-day time period, you should self-isolate and be tested again.

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


close alertCounty services are operating at a limited capacity. Questions about COVID-19? Call Public Health Hotline: 980-314-9400