Coronavirus Testing Near Me: How To Find COVID-19 Test Sites And Wait Times

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For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the [ WHO website].

Access to reliable and accurate [ coronavirus] testing can help [/news/coronavirus-how-to-track-the-spread-across-the-world-as-deaths-hit-100000/ control the spread] of [/news/coronavirus-explained-symptoms-lockdowns-and-all-your-covid-19-questions-answered/ COVID-19], and will be necessary for eventually [/news/when-will-coronavirus-lockdown-end-it-depends-heres-what-to-expect-when-cities-reopen/ reopening the US] and regaining [/news/5-things-to-not-do-when-coronavirus-quarantine-lockdown-end/ some sense of "normal."] So how do you find a testing location near you, and is it even possible to find out what the wait time is, so you're not in a car or tent or waiting room all day?
Unfortunately, these aren't easy questions to answer yet -- but it's a topic we're monitoring, and we'll update this story frequently as new information arises. The first thing you need to know is that the country has seen a [ shortage of tests] -- even though [/news/coronavirus-test-using-crispr-detects-disease-in-under-40-minutes/ new, faster testing methods may be on the way]. A number of companies are developing [/news/can-you-use-a-coronavirus-home-testing-kit-not-yet-and-heres-why/ at-home tests] as well, one of which has been authorized by the FDA. Separately, [/news/coronavirus-testing-what-you-need-to-know-about-antibody-tests-antigens-and-serology/ antibody, antigen and serology testing] looks for evidence that a person had been infected with COVID-19, even if they never had any symptoms.

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While the CDC offers [ guidance], decisions about [/news/can-you-get-tested-for-coronavirus-today-heres-who-qualifies-for-covid-19-testing/ who should be tested and how] are ultimately left to state and local health departments, and often to individual doctors. Because most people who contract the virus are thought to experience mild symptoms and recover at home, they may be advised [/news/what-to-do-if-you-or-someone-you-live-with-thinks-they-have-coronavirus/ not to leave the house to get tested], the CDC notes. However, if you are experiencing [ symptoms of the coronavirus] and want to seek out a test site near you, here's how to do it.

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How to find a COVID-19 test site near you
[ All US states] now offer COVID-19 tests, though availability varies by location. You should first call your medical provider or a [/news/how-to-talk-to-a-doctor-online/ telemedicine service]. They will tell you if they think you need a test, and how to get one. Or, you can visit your [ state health department] or [ local health department websites] to look for the latest information on testing in your area. 

A handful of states -- including [ New York], [ Connecticut] and [ California] -- offer [ drive-through testing sites]. But many of those require a doctor's order or an appointment (though officials in New York have said that those without a doctor's note [ will not be turned away]). 

[ More testing supplies are becoming available], but it may still be tough to find a place to get tested, according to the CDC. If you have an [/reviews/iphone-11-2019-battery-deep-fusion-review/ iPhone] ([ ]), there's another option: [/news/how-to-find-coronavirus-testing-locations-near-you-with-apple-maps/ Apple recently added coronavirus testing locations] to its Maps app for [/products/apple-iphone-11/ iPhone], and those sites are now starting to appear. Providers can add their testing locations by visiting []. 

The type of COVID-19 test you take may differ depending on where you go: State and local public health departments have tests from the CDC, while other medical providers are getting tests developed by commercial manufacturers, according to the CDC.