Find COVID-19 Tests

It has never been easier or faster to get tested. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or think you may have COVID-19, you should get tested.

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4 Ways to Get Tested

1. Go to a Free Community Event

There are free community testing events across the state.

Find a Free Event

2. Go to a Fixed Test Site

Local health departments, pharmacies, urgent care and other sites offer tests. There may be a fee.

Find a COVID-19 Testing Site

3. Through Your Health Care Provider

Your regular health care provider may also have testing available.

Contact your provider for details.

4. Order Home Rapid Test or Collection Kit

Options 1-3 don't work for you or prefer to use at-home tests?

Get At-Home Tests or Kit

Or, visit our COVID-19 Test Finder, where you can search a filterable map that shows:

  • On-Site Testing Locations and At-Home Test Pick-Up Sites
  • Locations that have rapid, PCR and antibody testing available. (Learn more about types of tests)

Test to Treat

Faster, Easier Access to Life-Saving COVID-19 Treatments

Get tested and treated in one visit at a one-stop Test to Treat site.

  1. Get tested.
  2. Get a prescription (if you test positive and treatment is right for you).
  3. Get your prescription filled, all at one location.

About Testing

Testing helps locate COVID-19 spread in North Carolina's communities. Knowing where transmission rates are high helps us take action to protect one another.

Who should get tested?

You should get tested for COVID-19 if the following are true:

  • you have symptoms of COVID-19. Get tested even if you are up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccines.
  • you have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19. Get tested at least five days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. The date of the last close contact is day 0.
  • you are not up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccines and have been prioritized for expanded community screening for COVID-19.
  • you were asked or referred to get testing by your:
    • school,
    • workplace,
    • health care provider, or
    • state, tribal, local or territorial health department.
  • you are traveling (get tested before and after travel).

More Information from the CDC on Testing for Current Infection

What if I test positive?

If you test positive, stay away from others and follow the CDC's isolation guidelines. Seek medical care immediately if you have trouble breathing or experience other warning signs

COVID-19 treatments are available and can lower your risk of hospitalization or death: 

  • Find a test to treat location to get treatment started ASAP 
  • Talk to your doctor about treatment 
  • Or call 1-888-675-4567. The NC COVID-19 Helpdesk can help if you do not have a health care provider. 

What if I test negative?

Follow current CDC quarantine and isolation guidelines if:

  • You were tested because you have symptoms. 
  • A health care provider thinks you have COVID-19, even with a negative test. 
  • You were tested because of known contact with someone who has COVID-19. 

You can resume regular activities if: 

  • You were tested for another reason, like workplace screening. 
  • You do not have known or suspected contact with someone who has COVID-19. 
  • You have no symptoms. 

Vaccines are better than treatment. Once you are feeling well, get your free, safe COVID-19 vaccine or find out if you need a booster

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