Updated May 23, 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. Symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
- Muscle aches
- New loss of sense of smell or taste
- Sore throat
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
Contact your doctor’s office or clinic. They will decide whether you should be tested.
If you think you might have COVID-19, be sure to call first 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 Multnomah County Health Department Primary Care Clinics to enroll as a new patient - 503.988.5558.
If you’re having an emergency, call 911.
You should not go to the emergency room to ask for COVID-19 testing. Only go to the emergency room if you’re having a medical emergency.
Questions About Testing
The ability of any healthcare provider, hospital or health system to provide COVID-19 testing depends on the availability of testing supplies and other medical equipment and laboratory capacity to process the tests.
It's important to remember that there may never be enough capacity or supplies available to test everyone who wants to be tested when they want to be tested.
Is Multnomah County testing people who think they might have had a mild case of COVID-19?
Multnomah County is following state and national guidelines regarding testing as well as monitoring testing supplies and testing capacity in the state. Those who think they have a mild case of COVID-19 should isolate (stay away from others) until at least:
72 hours have passed with no fever—without the use of medicine to reduce fever, and
Other symptoms have improved (such as coughing, shortness of breath), and
At least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
If I have symptoms, why am I not able to get a test?
The state is getting more tests, but there are still not enough for everyone who needs one. Check your risk for COVID-19 to help you decide if you should seek medical care. Your doctor will let you know if you need to be tested. If your symptoms are mild, you will likely be told to treat your symptoms at home. There is no specific medicine for COVID-19.