Health Team

Here's where you can get a coronavirus test in NC

Posted May 14, 2020 4:03 p.m. EDT
Updated June 10, 2020 12:38 p.m. EDT

— The North Carolina Department of Health and Humans Services lists public sites for coronavirus testing.

The availability of tests and the proportion of tests that come back positive are integral to Gov. Roy Cooper's phased plan to reopen the state. Leaders are looking for a decline or flattening in the number of people of show symptoms of the novel coronavirus, the number of confirmed cases, the percentage of positive tests and the number of hospitalizations.

Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus, which include a high fever, dry cough and sudden overall weakness, should first contact their primary care physician.

Not all health care providers provide testing onsite.

The sites listed provide testing for COVID-19. Some require an appointment and/or a referral from a health care provider. Locations are subject to change.

SEARCH: NC COVID-19 Testing Locations

Through May 17, about 250,000 tests had been administered statewide, with the percent positive hovering the range of 7 to 8%. The state has recorded 18,577 total cases through May 17.

Coronavirus testing in NC

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services started releasing the total number of patients tested, including those conducted by private labs and public health departments, on March 18. This figure only reflects labs that are reporting to local and state health officials. DHHS doesn't publish raw numbers detailing daily negative and positive tests from labs reporting both of these figures - just percentages. So WRAL is calculating the percentage of positive tests here cumulatively, instead of day over day, to avoid any potential skew of daily figures by either a lag in the reported number of positive/negative cases or a surge in positive cases from labs that don't report both positive and negative results. NOTE: On Aug. 12, DHHS announced a major correction to their testing numbers after discovering a discrepancy with their submissions from LabCorp dating back to April 24. The WRAL team is working to update this graphic to account for the changes, so updates have been paused until then.

Source: N.C. DHHS
Graphic: Tyler Dukes, WRAL

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