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- More COVID-19 tests are being developed and distributed around the country.
- Laboratories have to be certified for testing and analyzing test samples.
- A new map also shows whether the testing site requires prerequisites, such as exhibiting symptoms, for testing and if they have drive-thru options.
There are 95 public health laboratories in the United States that have been verified by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for COVID-19 testing. A new online map can help you locate the closest testing site to you, if you're concerned about having contracted the novel coronavirus.
There are one or more testing sites in each of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The map allows you to search by location, identifying testing sites within a certain mile radius, whether or not they have drive-thru testing and whether or not you need a doctor's order.
You can also find testing sites reserved for first responders, the elderly, children, local residents and those who are showing symptoms. Some sites also conduct virtual testing.
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The map, created by The Social App and Basil Labs also tells you whether you need to meet certain prerequisites to be tested at a particular location, such as travel history or exhibition of symptoms.
The CDC has an online self-checker for users to determine whether any symptoms they are exhibiting indicate they might have COVID-19. The system will help you decide whether to seek medical care and, if so, which avenue is most appropriate.
Testing itself is often free, but there can be additional health care costs associated with seeking medical attention. Be sure to check with your health insurance provider and the nearest location to you so you are aware of any potential charges you would be responsible for.
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