Public Health

The mission of the Butte County Public Health Department (BCPHD) is to protect the public through promoting individual, community, and environmental health. 

COVID-19 Testing in Butte County

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Did you know that COVID-19 can feel like a common cold or seasonal allergies? If you're experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms (which include runny nose, cough, sore throat, fever, body aches and more) please get tested for COVID-19. By getting tested you'll do your part to reduce COVID-19 spread in your community.

COVID testing is free to everyone who needs it. Book a free test appointment, find a walk-in test clinic, or buy a self-test kit from our local drugstore. Testing is free at state testing sites.

Learn more about updated COVID-19 Testing Guidance.

COVID-19 testing is not performed at Butte County Public Health clinics.

Who should be tested for COVID-19? 

You should immediately get tested for COVID-19 if you are feeling any symptoms – regardless of your vaccination status. COVID-19 symptoms can feel like a common cold (including just “the sniffles”), seasonal allergies, or flu.

  • If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 and are not fully vaccinated, get tested right away. If you test negative, retest 5-7 days after your exposure date. Those who are unvaccinated should also test before and 3-5 days after any high-risk events.
  • If you were fully vaccinated when exposed, you should get tested 3-5 days after close contact with someone who has recently tested positive.
  • If you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 3 months and have had no new symptoms since your recent exposure, you do not need to get tested.
  • Traveling? Read CDC’s travel fact sheet.

NEW! COVID-19 Home Test Self-Reporting

Reporting test results will provide more data about transmission rates in Butte County to help identify potential surges in cases for our community. Self-reporting is voluntary.

 

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Where can I get tested?

Testing is available throughout Butte County and at most pharmacies. View COVID-19 Testing Sites in Butte and Glenn County: English Spanish | Hmong

The State of California and the COVID-19 Testing Task Force have joined together with OptumServe in a partnership to expand Rapid and PCR viral testing services in Butte County. View more information about OptumServe Testing

OptumServe (Chico State): OPEN Monday-Friday! Located at Whitney Hall, 545 Legion Ave., in Chico 

This location is open to the public. Appointments are scheduled Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2-5 p.m., excluding all federal holidays. Short-term free parking is available in the Bryce South Lot (gravel lot off of Warner). Metered parking is available on Legion Ave. Schedule an appointment at:

  • Online at: lhi.care/covidtesting
  • By phone: 1-888-634-1123
  • Appointments are available for rapid antigen testing only. PCR testing is available on a walk-in basis only.

When will I receive my test results?

Return of test results varies greatly by the company/provider performing the COVID-19 test and the laboratory used to analyze and confirm the results. On average, you can expect your test results within 2-3 business days for PCR tests, however, some medical providers are able to obtain results more quickly. Results may be delivered by phone, email, or text message – depending on the company/provider performing the test. Be sure to confirm your desired communication preferences when scheduling your test so the company/medical provider can reach you as soon as your test results are available.   

If you were tested because you were in contact with someone who has COVID-19 you should stay home, away from others, and monitor your health while waiting for your test result, even if you do not show symptoms. Click here to read the CDC’s 3 Key Steps to Take While Waiting for Your COVID-19 Test Result

What to do if you receive a positive COVID-19 test result?

CDPH updated its guidance on April 6 to align with the recommended isolation and quarantine timeframes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Isolation for COVID-19 Positive Individuals (Regardless of Vaccination Status)

All individuals with COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Stay home for at least five days.
  • Isolation can end after day five IF SYMPTOMS ARE NOT PRESENT or resolving and if an antigen test (rapid home test) collected on day five or later is negative.
  • If fever is present, isolation should be continued until fever resolves.
  • If symptoms, other than fever, are not resolving continue to isolate until symptoms are resolving or until after day 10.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask when around others, especially indoors, for 10 days from the date of positive test.
If I test positive for COVID-19, will I be contacted by Public Health?

You may or may not be contacted by Public Health based on the current case load.  When necessary, priority is given to health care workers and first responders, persons living in congregate living facilities, and agencies or businesses who perform critical infrastructure services in the community. 

COVID-19 Exposure & Isolation Calculator

Us the COVID-19 Exposure & Isolation Calculator as a tool after being exposed to COVID-19. This tool can help you decide if you need to isolate or take other steps to prevent spreading COVID-19.

Treatments & Test -To-Treat Information

You can get treatments for COVID-19 if you:

  • Test positive for COVID-19 AND are a high risk for serious illness, such as: older than 50, unvaccinated, or have certain medical conditions.

Test-To-Treat Locations

  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you can get tested, get a prescription, and receive medication. Treatments are available for both adults and children who are eligible.
  • Find a Test-to-Treat location near you. To find a site, call the statewide COVID-19 hotline at  833-422-4255 or use the COVID-19 Test to Treat Locator.

FREE Virtual COVID-19 Telehealth Visits with Sesame Care

This service is for persons who are uninsured or underinsured. Persons who are unable to access a healthcare provider within 24 hours may call to speak with a telehealth provider, at not cost, to find out if you qualify for COVID-19 treatment medications. Call (833) 686-5051 or make an appointment at sesamecare.com/covidca

Antibody Testing:

An antibody test, also known as “serology tests,” may not be able to show if you have a current infection, because it can take 1-3 weeks to make antibodies after symptoms occur. Antibody testing can be a useful tool for public health and our community to help us understand how many people have been infected. However, this type of testing may give persons tested a false sense of security.

Click to learn more about antibody testing limitations and what a positive or negative antibody test means. 


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