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Updated July 24, 2020

If you have symptoms and think you might have COVID-19, you can ask your doctor to be tested. Knowing you have COVID-19 is important so you take care of yourself and prevent spreading the virus to others.

If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or feel sick (even if you haven’t been tested), you should stay away from others so you don’t get them sick too.

Who Should Get Tested

You can get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • New loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Check your risk for COVID-19 to help you decide if you should seek medical care.

If you have an ongoing or chronic medical condition like heart disease, asthma, diabetes or high blood pressure, you could get very sick from COVID-19. Keep taking your medications and doing what you need to in order to manage your health. Contact your doctor to make a plan in case you get sick.

Where to Get Tested

Your Doctor's Office or Clinic

If you have insurance or a regular care provider, contact your doctor’s office or clinic to discuss whether you should be tested.

If you think you might have COVID-19, be sure to call before you visit a clinic and let them know. They will tell you next steps so you don’t get others sick at the facility.

If You Don't Have a Doctor 

Call 211 for help finding a clinic. They can help you even if you don't have insurance. You can also call the Health Department's Primary Care Clinics at 503-988-5558 to enroll as a new patient.

Multnomah County Community Testing

No-cost testing by appointment only, for anyone with symptoms. You don't need to be a clinic or Multnomah County patient. 

Limited testing may be available for people without symptoms. Call 503-988-8939 for more information.

Call 503-988-8939 for an appointment.

Location & Hours

East County Health Center (parking lot)
600 NE 8th Street, Gresham [MAP]
Monday and Thursday, 9:30am-4pm

OHSU

Testing for people with symptoms ages 2 months and older, and specific risk groups. See who can be tested»

Walk-in only, no appointments. There may be a long wait if demand is high.

OHSU test info, 833-647-8222

Locations & Hours

Gordon Faber Recreation Center, Hillsboro Stadium
4450 NE Century Blvd, Hillsboro [MAP]
Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Portland Expo Center 
2060 N Marine Drive, Portland [MAP]
Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Other Testing Locations

COVID-19 test site finder

This site finder, created by the Oregon Health Authority, lists locations including hospitals, state and county testing sites, private companies doing testing, and more. 

Some of these sites will only accept patients within their hospital systems or with certain insurance. 

Test locations flyer:

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What to Expect

The test involves a nasal swab that goes in quite far, so you will feel brief discomfort. If your child is getting tested you may be asked to help hold them. We encourage you to go first and show them it will be okay. 

Getting Your Test Results

Multnomah County Health Department will contact you with your results.

You have a legal right to your medical records and can call your provider or the location you were tested to ask for your test results to be mailed to you.

If you test negative - No action is required. Continue everyday measures to protect yourself and others.

If you test positive - Whether or not you have symptoms, please stay home and separate from others.

What to do if you test positive»


More Information

What to Expect flyer

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Spanish (220.81 KB)