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 to 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. View the CDC's 3 Key Steps to Take While Waiting for Your COVID-19 Test Result (PDF) for more information.

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1. Who should be tested for COVID-19?
2. What is contact tracing?
3. What to do if you receive a positive COVID-19 test result?
4. When will I receive my test results?
5. Where can I get tested?
6. If I test positive for COVID-19, will I be contacted by Public Health?
7. Why is the CDC’s 2019 Real Time PCR Test being retired?