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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.
Free at-home COVID-19 tests are available for pick up at Health and Human Services, 1650 Greenfield Street, Wilmington, during normal business hours. Additionally, each household is eligible to order 8 free COVID-19 tests through the mail here. Test kits are also available for purchase at many local retailers such as pharmacies. For other testing options, please speak with your healthcare provider.
If you have COVID-19, or are sick and believe you could have COVID-19, you should follow current CDC isolation guidelines regardless of your vaccination status.
If you were tested for COVID-19 but have no symptoms and no known or suspected exposure to someone with COVID19 (for example, as part of a workplace screening program), you do not need to stay home while waiting for your results unless you are told to do so by your employer or by a public health official.
Begin isolation, day 0 is the day you take your test and day 1 is the first full day after you take the test. If you do not develop symptoms you may end isolation after 5 days. If you develop symptoms within 10 days of your test, the isolation clock resets to 0 on the day symptoms start.
Begin isolation, day 0 is the day your symptoms start regardless of when you test.
Take extra precautions and wear a well fitting face covering for 10 full days after your positive test, or until you have two negative antigen tests, 48 hours apart.