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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.
- Online maps allow you to find the closest testing sites near you.
There are 97 public health laboratories in the United States that have been verified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for COVID-19 testing. A number of new websites can help you find the one closest to you.
The COVID-19 Test Site Finder by Castlight, a San Francisco-based health care navigation company, allows you to search by location, showing all the available testing sites in each county and zip code area. Under each result, you can also see whether you need an appointment, screening or physician order (or one or more of the above) to be tested at the site. The website also links to each state's guidelines for testing.
Another map, created by The Social App and Basil Labs, will give you similar results, but allows you to filter by requirements, distance and drive-thru options. GoodRX, Carbon Health and other websites have also published maps online.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CORONAVIRUS IN AMERICA
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 free at some sites, 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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