Coronavirus: When, where and how to get tested
Due to an increase in the number of new cases, the number of hospitalizations and the percentage of tests coming back positive, North Carolina has expanded its recommendations for who should be tested. Here are places where you can get the test done.Posted — Updated
In most cases, insurance will cover testing. Some places will require screening via an online survey, some will require a telehealth phone or video call with a provider.
A test is typically performed by a healthcare worker using a skinny swab long enough to reach the upper part of the throat, behind the nose. However some places, like the Minute Clinic at CVS, offer only self-administered testing. The test takes a few seconds and while it doesn’t hurt, it may be uncomfortable. Some physicians worry that the accuracy rates may not be as high for self-administered tests.
The sample is then sent to a lab for processing, which may take from 48 to 96 hours. Some providers call everyone to inform them of the results, while others only call those with a positive test.
Below are some of the chains providing testing in the Triangle Area, as well as links to more information on their particular requirements. For a complete list, use the Find My Testing Place Tool. Keep in mind that the list is changing daily.
For urgent questions 24/7, call North Carolina COVID-19 Hotline: 866-462-3821