COVID-19 Guidance for Getting Tested
We here at ADH want to keep you informed regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Specifically, we want to inform you about considerations for testing.
If you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath OR if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 call ahead to your health care provider or schedule a test at a Local Health Unit. Testing is available.
Over the past week, capacity for COVID-19 testing at commercial labs has increased significantly, resulting in shortened turnaround times.
Those at higher risk for serious illness include older adults and people with underlying chronic medical conditions. People who are considered high risk should contact their health care provider early, even if symptoms are mild.
Health care providers will decide if testing for COVID-19 is necessary based on your symptoms and known exposures. Providers can test through private labs.
The ADH does not collect specimens for testing. Only your health care provider can decide if testing is needed and collect the needed specimens.
The ADH is monitoring Arkansans with possible exposure to COVID-19. Depending on travel history, or exposure to people with confirmed COVID-19, some individuals may be placed under home quarantine. If symptoms of COVID-19 do not develop prior to the last date of quarantine, these people will be free to resume their normal activities.
Testing & Screening Locations
- Local Health Units to offer COVID-19 testing
- What is antibody testing?
- Instructions for Healthcare Workers and First Responders
- What to Expect at Community-Based Testing Sites
CDC has a a webpage with additional guidelines on COVID-19. Click here to access this guidance.