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Updated October 27, 2020

Knowing you have COVID-19 is important so you take care of yourself and prevent spreading the virus to others.

Who Should Get Tested

You should get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19.  If you were in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, call your doctor about getting a test. Close contact means being within 6 feet of someone for 15 minutes or more, with or without a mask.

  • 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

If you are getting tested because you had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, it’s best if you wait 3-4 days after you were together before taking a test. The test may not work if you get tested too soon. You should stay home and away from others while you wait.

Where to Get Tested

At a Doctor's Office or Clinic

If you have 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 health 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

We focus on reaching Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities, people without health insurance, and people without a regular health care provider.

No-cost testing is available by appointment for anyone with symptoms or anyone who has had recent close contact with a person with COVID-19. You don't need to be a Multnomah County patient.

Call 503-988-8939 for an appointment at a community testing site or for more information. 

Locations and Hours

East County Health Center Community Testing (parking lot)
600 NE 8th Street, Gresham [map]
Mondays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Rockwood Community Testing @ Latino Network
312 SE 165th Ave. Portland [map]
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. 


Testing for people with symptoms ages 2 months and older, and specific risk groups. Walk-in only, no appointments. There may be a long wait if demand is high, or sites may close early.

For hours and locations, visit the OHSU website or call 833-647-8222.

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.

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

Your provider will contact you with your results. You can call your provider or the location you were tested to ask for your test results.

If you test negative - Follow any instructions from your provider. Even if you have tested negative, if you have been around someone with COVID, you may need to stay home away from others. 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

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