Who should get a COVID-19 test?

If you have symptoms that could be COVID-19, you should test immediately.

If you have been around someone that tests positive for COVID but do not have symptoms, you should start taking precautions like wearing a face covering and test 5 days after your exposure.

Certain high-risk environments may require a test as a screening process.

Consider testing before you are going to be around someone that is at high risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19.

COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

COVID-19 testing is available throughout New Hanover County through local healthcare providers, pharmacies, and other organizations. 

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