How to Get Tested for Covid-19
Go to a testing location
- Search the Test Site Locator from the CDC (testinglocator.cdc.gov)
- Search the Test Site Locator from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (hhs.gov/coronavirus/testing)
- If you are a person with a disability, the Disability Information and Access Line can help you access a test or find a test location.
Get free at-home COVID-19 tests
- Individuals: Locations in Erie County where you can pick up free test kits
- Community Organizations, Schools and Daycares: use the Community organization personal protective equipment (PPE) request form
- Every household in the U.S. is eligible to order free at-home COVID-19 test kits. Order through the mail at covidtests.gov or call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489).
- Home Test to Treat Program - This program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and offers free tests and free treatment (if eligible) for COVID-19 and Flu at home 24/7. Go to the Home Test to Treat Program website or call 1-800-682-2829 for more information and to register.
- Before You Throw Out "Expired" Tests: Check to see if your COVID-19 tests' expiration dates have been extended.
Buy At-Home COVID-19 Tests
- Many pharmacies sell COVID-19 tests. Call your health insurance company. Many health insurance providers reimburse for, or cover the cost of, at-home tests. See How to get your at-home over-the-counter COVID-19 test for free.
What to Do if You Test Negative or Positive
Positive test: See What To Do If You Test Positive for COVID-19.
Negative test: The FDA recommends repeat testing following a negative result whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms. See FDA Safety Communication: At-Home COVID-19 Antigen Tests - Take Steps to Reduce Your Risk of False Negative.
COVID-19 treatments help prevent severe disease. COVID-19 treatments work best when you receive them as soon as possible after becoming sick, so it's important to get tested and talk to your doctor right away to find the treatment that is best for you. All treatments require a prescription.
See COVID-19 treatment page for more information or call your healthcare provider.