COVID-19 Testing FAQs | RI COVID-19 Information Portal (2023)

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is sharing answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 testing.

Questions are organized into the following sections:

  • General questions about COVID-19 testing
  • Test results
  • Testing yourself for COVID-19
  • Testing information for travelers

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General questions about COVID-19 testing

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, isolate at home, contact your primary care provider, and get tested right away.

You should also get tested if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19. If you’ve been exposed to someone who tested positive, get tested 5 days after the last time you were with that person. To learn more, visit covid.ri.gov/whattodo.

Federal programs are available to support access to COVID-19 testing for people without health insurance.

  • Increasing Community Access to Testing (ICATT) for COVID-19:CDC’s ICATT program can help you find where to get a free COVID-19 laboratory test whether or not you have insurance. These tests can tell if you have a current COVID-19 infection. You’ll get a result usually within 24–72 hours after you get tested.
  • Test To Treat Program:Through this program, people are able to get tested and – if they are positive and treatments are appropriate for them – get a prescription from a healthcare provider, and have their prescription filled all at one location. ATest to Treat locatoris available to help find participating sites. Somesites on the locator can only fill a prescription, and require that a healthcare providerevaluate and prescribe you COVID-19 medication just as they normally would. A call center is also available at1-800-232-0233(TTY1-888-720-7489) to get help in English, Spanish, and more than 150 other languages – 8 am to midnight, 7 days a week.

There are places in Rhode Island that test uninsured individuals for free. If you are uninsured and don’t know whether a site offers free testing, please call the site to confirm before making an appointment. Some local pharmacies and clinics offer free COVID-19 testing to people who don’t have health insurance. These locations may only test you if have symptoms or are a close contact of someone who tested positive. If you don’t have insurance, the pharmacy or clinic will submit the cost of your test to a federal program for the uninsured.

Most insurance plans should cover the cost of a test for individuals who are symptomatic or were exposed to someone who is positive (close contact). However, some insurance plans will not cover general asymptomatic testing or testing for travelers. The best way to look for information on what your medical insurance policy will cover is by checking with your insurance company.

Some private clinics or pharmacies may request identification or insurance information during the test scheduling process. Call ahead to ask if they offer COVID-19 testing to patients without insurance.

Schools and districts have developed their own testing programs based on RIDOH’s recommendations.Contact your child’s school or district to find out if COVID-19 testing is available. If testing is available, you can complete a consent form to allow your child to participate in testing. Students 16 and older do not need a signed consent form to get tested at school. There is no cost to participate in COVID-19 testing in school. Insurance is not required.

For more information about the return to 100% in-person learning in Rhode Island’s schools, visitback2schoolri.com.

If you’re required to provide proof of a negative test result before attending an indoor event or gathering, you should make an appointment to get tested at your local pharmacy. Most locations charge a fee for asymptomatic COVID-19 testing. If you’re not required to provide proof of a negative result but would like to know your COVID-19 status before or after attending an indoor gathering or event, you should test yourself for COVID-19 at home.

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If you’re planning to visit someone who is immunocompromised, you should use a COVID-19 self-test kit so you can test yourself right before you see that person.

Nursing home facilities that are requiring guests to take a test before entry should have rapid antigen tests on-hand to meet this need. If they don’t, you should test yourself at home, visit your local pharmacy to get tested, or contactyour primary care provider.

If someone in your household recently tested positive for COVID-19, contact your primary care provider for further guidance and testing. You may also get tested at a local pharmacy, respiratory clinic, or test yourself at home.To learn more, visit covid.ri.gov/whattodo.

If you’ve been identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you should get tested 5 days after the last time you were with that person. Contact your primary care provider for further guidance and testing. You may also get tested at a local pharmacy, respiratory clinic, or State-run site.

If you recently tested positive for COVID-19, RIDOH does not recommend getting tested again for the following 90 days. Someone who has COVID-19 can continue to get a positive test result for up to 90 days.

  • If you need to provide proof of a current or previous infection to your school or employer, you can submit a letter request to RIDOH usingthis web form.
  • If you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days and new symptoms develop, call your healthcare provider, and ask if you should get tested again.

Serology testinglooks for proteins in the blood calledantibodies, which are produced by the body in response to the presence of a virus. Serology testing tells us whether someone was previously exposed to a virus and helps us understand the spread of a virus in a community and the state. Supplementing what we learn fromdiagnostic testingwith antibody testing is important to understand how COVID-19 is spreading in the state and to support people and communities that are most vulnerable to COVID-19.

  • Serology testing does not tell us whether someone is immune to COVID-19. We are still learning whether the presence of antibodies protects someone from future infection, and if so, for how long. Therefore, it is important that people continue to take measures toprevent the spreadof COVID-19.
  • Anyone can get a serology test through a primary care provider (PCP). Speak with a PCP to learn more about the testing procedure and the costs associated with serology testing.
  • For more information, visit this web page from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Testing results

If you were tested at a medical office, retail pharmacy, yourworkplace, or in school, contact the location where you were tested for a copy of your result.

  • The State does not directly operate testing programs that take place in medical offices, retail pharmacies, workplaces, or in schools. As a result, sometestingprogramsonly report positive results to the Department of Health.
  • It is the responsibility of the location where you were testedto communicate results to you.

If your test result was reported to RIDOH, you will get a text message or email notifying you that you can access your result onportal.ri.gov/results.

  • Thisuser guidehas step-by-step instructions for accessing results on the portal.
  • If you need help getting your test results, call 401-222-8022 or email[emailprotected].

A positive test result means that the test detected the virus. If you test positive for COVID-19,stay home (isolate) for at least 5 days.Someone with COVID-19 needs to isolate even if they don’t have symptoms.Only leave isolation for medical emergencies. For more information about how long you should stay home and what you should do after ending isolation, visitcovid.ri.gov/whattodo.

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A negative test result means that you did not have COVID-19 at the time your sample was collected.Continue toprotect your household from COVID-19.

If you start having anysymptomsof COVID-19 after your test, call your healthcare provider and ask if you should be tested again.

If you havesymptomsof COVID-19and got a negative result on a rapid antigen test, RIDOH recommends getting a lab-processed test to confirm your test result.

Get vaccinated if you're not yet.Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.

An inconclusive test result means that you might be infected with COVID-19 and another sample is needed to determine if you are truly infected. An inconclusive result can happen if you are tested in the very early or late stages of infection when the amount of virus in your body is low. It can also happen if your swab did not collect enough of a sample.

You shouldisolate away from othersandget testedagain as soon as possible. For a list of COVID-19 testing options, visitcovid.ri.gov/testing.

Testing yourself for COVID-19 at home

Kits that you can use to test yourself for COVID-19 are available at local pharmacies and through online retailers. Local community-based organizations and schools may also distribute free COVID-19 self-test kits to their community.

If you are blind or have low vision, you can order more accessible testsonlineor by calling1-800-232-0233.These tests will be available for order until supplies run out.

Youcanbuy kitsto test yourself for COVID-19 at local pharmacies and through online retailers. Sometimes a COVID-19 self-test is also called an at-home test or an over-the counter (OTC) test.Private health insurers arerequired to cover thecostofup to eighttestsper month.Everyinsurer is different. Check your insurance company’s policy to see how you can get reimbursed or if you need to file a claim.

Medicare enrollees won’t have the same reimbursement policy as people with private insurance. But those who have Medicare Advantage should ask if their plans cover the cost of COVID-19 self-tests. Medicare enrollees can get free self-test kits from community health centers or Medicare-certified health clinics.

State Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) programs are required to cover at-home COVID-19 tests with no out-of-pocket costs under the American Rescue Plan Act.

For more information about how to get reimbursed for the cost of your self-test kit,visit this web page. 

Each test kit comes with instructions, which may include specific storage requirements. Storing your self-test kit in conditions outside of the manufacturer’s recommendations could impact the accuracy of your test. In general, test kits should be stored at room temperature. They should not be allowed to freeze. During winter months, make sure any self-test kits aren't left in a vehicle or outdoors for long periods of time.

Yes.If your self-test result is positive, it is very likely that you have COVID-19. To report your self-test result to RIDOH, visit portal.ri.gov/s/selftest. 

Stay home (isolate) for at least 5 days. Someone with COVID-19 needs to isolate even if they don’t have symptoms. Only leave isolation for medical emergencies. For more information about how long you should stay home and what you should do after ending isolation, visit covid.ri.gov/whattodo.

Tell your close contacts that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and should get tested 5 days after when they were last with you. Your close contacts can learn about quarantine requirements and recommendations at covid.ri.gov/whattodo. 

Tell a healthcare provider about your positive test result and stay in contact with them.

  • There are effective treatments for COVID-19 infection.A healthcare provider can treat you for COVID-19 based on a self-test result. A healthcare provider may want to test you again to make sure your self-test result is accurate.

  • Call 911 or get yourself to the nearest hospital if you think you are having a medical emergency. This can include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, the inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face.

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If you think your self-test result may be incorrect, you should test yourself again within a few days, with at least 24 hours between tests.Youshould considertesting yourselfagain if:

  • You havesymptomsand get a negative result on your self-test, or

  • You don’t have symptoms and get a positive result on your self-test.Isolate at home if you get a positive result on your self-test, even if you don’t have symptoms.

You can also get another test at a local pharmacy, respiratory clinic, or by a healthcare provider.You don’tneed to gettested againat a testing siteto confirm your self-test result,but it may be helpfulif:

  • Your self-test result waspositive,and you need to provide proof toyourschool or employer.RIDOH cannot providean isolationletterbased on a self-testresult.

  • You’re traveling or attending an event andneedto provide proof of anegativetest result.Countries, airlines, or some event venues may not accept a self-testas proof of a negativeresult.

To report your self-test result to RIDOH, visit portal.ri.gov/s/selftestor download the 401Health app.You are not required to report self-test results to RIDOH.

RIDOH cannot provide the following based on a self-test result:

  • Referrals to services or supports for individuals who need assistance during isolation or quarantine.
  • A letter for missed work or school due to isolation based on a positive self-test result. If a letter is required, contact a healthcare provider.
  • Documentation of infection within the past 90 days based on a positive self-test result.

You may throw away your used self-test kit in the trash.There are no special instructions for disposal.This is differentfromwhen similar kits are used in mass quantities attest sites. Test sitesmusttreatused kitsas medical wasteand dispose of them appropriately.

If your self-test kit has expired, you should not use it to determine whether you have COVID-19. However, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended the expiration date for some rapid self-test kits. This means that some test kits can be used for a certain period of time after the expiration date that was originally marked on the box. Before throwing away your expired self-test kit, check to see if it has been granted an extended expiration date.

According to the FDA, an extended expiration date means the manufacturer provided data showing that the test’s shelf-life is longer than was known when the test was first authorized. In most cases, the FDA grants an extension of 6 months. For more information about how a test kit’s expiration date is determined and why it may be extended, reviewtheFDA’s frequently asked questions about COVID-19 rapid self-test kits.

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If the test kits that you received have been granted an extension, please don’t discard them once the expiration date marked on the box has passed. You can continue to use the test and have confidence in its results until the extended expiration date has passed.

If your test kits have expired and were not granted an extension, you may throw them away in the trash.

If you think your test result is wrong, you may test yourself again after 24 hours have passed. You may also call their primary care provider or go to a local pharmacy to be tested by a professional. For additional guidance, please refer tothis flyeror visitcovid.ri.gov/testing.

To find out if your self-test kit was granted an extended expiration date, visit the FDA’s website, the test kit manufacturer’s website, or contact the test kit manufacturer directly.

For more information about how a test kit’s expiration date is determined and why it may be extended, reviewtheFDA’s frequently asked questions about COVID-19 rapid self-test kits.

COVID-19 testing for travelers

You’re no longer required to quarantine or get testedupon your arrival in Rhode Islandwhether or not you're up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations.To lower the chances of catching and spreading COVID-19,RIDOH recommends all travelers followquarantine and testing guidance from the CDC. To learn more about Rhode Island’s quarantine and testing recommendations for travelers, visit covid.ri.gov/travel.

Always watch forsymptomsfor 14 days after travel. If you develop symptoms,isolateat home away from others,andget tested right away.

Check with the health department in the state or country you are traveling to for testing requirements. Some locations require proof of a negative PCR test result. Others will accept a rapid antigen test but may not accepta result from a self-administered test at home.

Some locations and airlines require travelers to provide proof of a negative test result taken within a specific timeframe prior to arrival.Make sure you haveenough time to get your test resultbefore you travel.

If you’re departing Rhode Island,youcan get a COVID-19 test by making an appointment ata pharmacy or clinic.

If you’re departing from Boston Logan International Airport, you can schedule a COVID-19 test by going toxprescheck.com.

Check with the health department in the state or country you are traveling to for testing requirements. Some locations require proof of a negative PCR test result. Others will accept a rapid antigen test but may not accepta result from a self-administered test at home.

If you’re required to provide proof of a negative test result for travel outside of Rhode Island, you should make an appointment to get tested at your local pharmacy. Most locations charge a fee for travel-related COVID-19 testing.

For more information, visit covid.ri.gov/travel. For travel guidance from the CDC, visit this web page.

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FAQs

Is Covid testing free Rhode Island? ›

Local pharmacies and clinics: Some local pharmacies and clinics offer free COVID-19 testing to people who don't have health insurance. Some clinics may only test you if have symptoms or are a close contact of someone who tested positive.

How long after having Covid Will you test positive? ›

After a positive test result, you may continue to test positive for some time after. You may continue to test positive on antigen tests for a few weeks after your initial positive. You may continue to test positive on NAATs for up to 90 days.

Do you have to quarantine in Rhode Island? ›

Travelers arriving in Rhode Island are not currently required to quarantine or get tested after arrival whether or not they're up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations.

What does it mean when you take a Covid test and it says C? ›

The presence of one colored line in the control line region “C” indicates COVID-19 negative. No appearance of a colored line in the control region “C” indicates an invalid test. Results should not be read after 15 minutes.

How long does Covid last? ›

Most people with COVID-19 get better within a few days to a few weeks after infection, so at least four weeks after infection is the start of when post-COVID conditions could first be identified. Anyone who was infected can experience post-COVID conditions.

Can you run with Covid? ›

When it comes to exercise, the current advice for people recovering from mild or moderate COVID-19, and who were not hospitalized, is to wait at least two weeks before resuming physical activity.

How long will I test positive for Omicron? ›

During the Omicron BA. 1 period, 5 days after symptom onset, 80% of participants remained positive via a rapid antigen test.

How many days after testing positive will I test negative? ›

At least 5 days. If you are: Asymptomatic: Isolate for 5 days after the first positive test.

How long is Covid Omicron contagious? ›

People are most contagious with COVID-19 during the first 5 days of their illness. Many people don't have any symptoms during the first 2 to 3 days of their illness. This is why COVID-19 outbreaks are so hard to contain. On average, people are contagious for 5 to 10 days.

Do you have to be vaccinated to fly on a plane? ›

If you do not meet the requirements to be considered fully vaccinated, you will not be able to board your flight to the United States, unless you meet criteria for one of the exceptions.

Can you get Covid back to back? ›

Reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 means a person was infected, recovered, and then later became infected again. After recovering from COVID-19, most individuals will have some protection from repeat infections. However, reinfections do occur after COVID-19.

Do you need Covid test to fly to Florida? ›

COVID test is not required when arriving in the USA. All arrivals to Florida, including citizens and residents, are recommended to present a negative PCR test upon arrival. Vaccinated arrivals from any country can enter as tourists.

What does a faint Covid test mean? ›

Two lines – even faint lines – indicate the test is positive. The test has failed and should be retaken. Negative result.

What a positive Covid test looks like? ›

A POSITIVE result must show BOTH a BLUE line and a PINK line near the BLUE line. Look closely! Even a very faint, pink Test Line and a blue Control Line is a POSITIVE result. The intensity of the lines may vary.

What does a positive rapid test mean? ›

A positive rapid test result means you have COVID-19.

Will my Covid go away after 5 days? ›

If you test positive for COVID-19 and have no symptoms – you may end after day 5. If you test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms – you may end after day 5 if: You are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) Your symptoms are improving.

Can you have Covid and test negative? ›

A negative result means it's likely you are not infectious. But a negative test is not a guarantee you do not have COVID-19 and there's still a chance you may be infectious. You should follow advice on how to avoid catching and spreading the virus.

What do I do if I test positive for Covid? ›

Stay at home advice

If you have a positive coronavirus test result, try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days after the day you took your test, or from the day your symptoms started (whichever was earlier). You should count the day after you took the test as day 1.

Do dogs get COVID? ›

The virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from people to animals during close contact. Pets worldwide, including cats and dogs, have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19. The risk of pets spreading COVID-19 to people is low.

What are minor COVID symptoms? ›

Possible symptoms include:
  • Fever or chills.
  • Cough.
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
  • Fatigue.
  • Muscle or body aches.
  • Headache.
  • New loss of taste or smell.
  • Sore throat.

Can I drink alcohol with COVID? ›

Alcohol use, especially heavy use, weakens the immune system and reduces its ability to cope with infectious diseases, including COVID-19. Heavy alcohol use is a risk factor for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), one of the most severe complications of COVID-19.

What happens if you test positive on day 10? ›

If your LFD test result on Day 10 is positive and your work at UHNM is patient-facing, then you should continue to take daily LFD tests and not return to clinical duties until a single negative LFD test result is received before Day 15.

Do rapid Covid tests detect Omicron? ›

The answer is yes, although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently reported that at-home tests known as rapid antigen tests “may have reduced sensitivity” at detecting the omicron variant, says Mary Hayden, MD, chief of infectious diseases and the James Lowenstine Professor of Internal Medicine at Rush ...

Can you get a false positive Covid test? ›

There's also a chance that a COVID-19 rapid antigen test can produce false-positive results if you don't follow the instructions carefully. False-positive results mean the test results show an infection when actually there isn't one.

What happens if you test negative on day 3? ›

If your test is negative but you're still unwell stay home for 48 hours and then take another test. Get medical help if this second test is negative but you're still unwell, or if your symptoms get worse.

Is a person contagious after 7 days of Covid? ›

You may be infectious for up to 10 days. You are most infectious in the 2 days before your symptoms start and while you have acute symptoms (such as a runny nose, sore throat, fever, cough).

Can you test negative for Covid and still be contagious? ›

You can have COVID-19 and spread it to others even if you do not have symptoms. Your COVID-19 test can be negative even if you are infected. Most people do not test positive for the virus until days after exposure. You may also be exposed to the virus afteryou are tested and then get infected.

What to do to get over Covid fast? ›

To care for yourself, follow these steps:
  1. Keep a daily routine, such as taking a shower and getting dressed.
  2. Take breaks from COVID-19 news and social media.
  3. Eat healthy meals and drink plenty of fluids.
  4. Stay physically active.
  5. Get plenty of sleep.
  6. Avoid use of drugs, tobacco and alcohol.

Can you fly if not fully vaccinated? ›

The White House announced that vaccines will be required for international travelers coming into the United States, with an effective date of November 8, 2021. For purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines accepted will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines.

Can I travel without Covid vaccine? ›

If you have not been fully vaccinated, you need to follow the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to. Entry requirements requested by other countries may include: requiring a negative COVID-19 test result before you depart from the UK.

Do you need booster to travel? ›

You should get your COVID-19 booster as soon as you are eligible. If you have received a booster vaccination it will show in your NHS COVID Pass for travel within 5 days.

How long do I have immunity after Omicron? ›

The good news is, researchers found that people's T cells respond effectively to the Omicron variant — even 6 months after their last vaccine dose. So while your immune system might not prevent infection from the Omicron variant, it will likely protect you from becoming very sick.

Can you get Covid 3 times? ›

A growing number of people are getting COVID-19 twice, 3 times, even 4.

How many times can I catch Covid? ›

Can you get Covid-19 twice? Yes, it is possible to get Covid-19 two, three or even more times. Covid reinfections have become more common because of the Omicron variant, and because immunity from previous infection and immunisation has reduced over time.

Do you have to be vaccinated to fly American Airlines? ›

Data privacy and how your information will be used

If you're a non-U.S. citizen you must also have proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to fly, unless you qualify for an exception. View exception requirements Opens another site in a new window that may not meet accessibility guidelines.

Do you need a Covid test to fly Delta? ›

There are no COVID-19 testing requirements for travelers entering or connecting through the U.S., including U.S. citizens.

Do I need a Covid test to fly United Airlines? ›

(If not fully vaccinated) Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than one day before departure. (All customers, regardless of vaccination status) Provide basic contact tracing information and confirm the information is true.

Is 2 lines positive Covid test? ›

Two lines – even faint lines – indicate the test is positive.

What Colour is the line on a positive Covid test? ›

If your result is positive, you will see 2 lines on the test. A pink line next to C and a pink line next T. This means you have a positive COVID-19 result. If your result is negative, you will see one line next to C.

What does the C and T mean on the lateral flow test? ›

This is what the test “window” looks like in the strip after 30 minutes. “C” stands for “control” – this is to make sure the test is working. “T” stands for “test” – this is where your sample result will appear. Image © https://www.gov.uk/ Negative result: one line next to C shows the test is negative.

How long test positive after Covid? ›

After a positive test result, you may continue to test positive for some time after. You may continue to test positive on antigen tests for a few weeks after your initial positive. You may continue to test positive on NAATs for up to 90 days.

What is C in rapid antigen test? ›

Positive Result: If you see two lines, Control (C) line and Test (T) line, this means COVID-19 was detected. If positive, please contact your doctor or local health department immediately and follow local guidelines for self-isolation. 2. Ensure kit is at room temperature for at least 30 minutes prior to use.

Does a positive test mean you have Covid? ›

What does a positive test result mean? That you likely have an active COVID-19 infection. Antigen tests can give false positive results. If you do not have symptoms but you receive a positive antigen result, your health care provider may recommend a molecular test to confirm the result.

What is C in Covid test? ›

Any visible pink/ red “T” line is a positive result when the “C” line is also present. IF THE TEST IS POSITIVE. A positive test result means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was detected in your sample and it is very likely you have COVID-19 and it is important to be under the care of a healthcare provider.

Should I clean my nose before a Covid test? ›

IMPORTANT: Swabbing the nostrils is critical for obtaining an accurate result. If you do not swab your nose, the device will produce a false negative result. TO TIME THE TEST. soap and water for 20 seconds before starting the test.

What does 2 lines mean on a rapid test? ›

Read results after 15 minutes. One red line (C) - indicates a neg- ative result, Two red lines (C and T) - indicate a positive result. One line (T) - is an invalid test (re-do the test). COVID-19 Self-Testing Instructions.

Is testing for Covid free? ›

COVID-19 tests are available to everyone in the U.S., including the uninsured. Select your state below to find health centers and pharmacies that offer low or no cost testing. Check your local health department and local news for additional testing sites in your area.

How do I get Covid tested in RI? ›

Appointments are now required
  1. 960 Broad Street. Providence, RI 02905. Available at Pharmacy only. ...
  2. 799 Hope Street. Providence, RI 02906. Check Vaccine Availability at 799 Hope Street. ...
  3. 935 Manton Avenue. Providence, RI 02909. ...
  4. 681 Reservoir Avenue. Cranston, RI 02910. ...
  5. 601 Smithfield Avenue. Pawtucket, RI 02860.

Is Covid testing free in AZ CVS? ›

CVS Health is offering no-cost COVID-19 testing in your community. No insurance required. Rapid ResultsFrom the collection of the swab to the delivery of the results, this process will generally get results within hours.

Is it mandatory to wear a mask in Rhode Island? ›

RIDOH recommends wearing a mask indoors near anyone you don't live with if Rhode Island becomes a high-risk area. If you choose to wear a mask, make sure it's at least two layers thick and fits snugly but comfortably over your nose, mouth, and chin without any gaps.

How much is a PCR Covid test? ›

PCR test €59 with results available the next day.

What is a rapid NAAT test vs PCR? ›

The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is an amplification test (NAAT test) like the Abbott ID NOW test. The difference is in how long it takes for the tests to process. There are PCR tests that are sent to the lab that take 3 to 7 days to evaluate and a rapid PCR test that provides same-day results.

What is rapid NAAT test? ›

A Nucleic Acid Amplification Test, or NAAT, is a type of viral diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. NAATs detect genetic material (nucleic acids). NAATs for SARS-CoV-2 specifically identify the RNA (ribonucleic acid) sequences that comprise the genetic material of the virus.

Can you catch Covid back to back? ›

Reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 means a person was infected, recovered, and then later became infected again. After recovering from COVID-19, most individuals will have some protection from repeat infections. However, reinfections do occur after COVID-19.

Do I have Covid checklist? ›

Fever or chills. Cough. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Fatigue.

Can you wear a mask while sleeping? ›

Certain people should not wear a mask:

People should not wear masks while sleeping; masks should not be placed on any child when the child is sleeping. People who have trouble breathing, are incapacitated, or who are otherwise unable to remove the mask without help should not wear a mask.

Should I still wear a mask? ›

For a high COVID-19 community level, the CDC recommends wearing a high-quality mask or respirator. If you are high risk for getting very sick, you should consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities in public where you could be exposed.

Is a mandate the same as a law? ›

A law and a mandate have the same power to be enforced. The only difference is how it came to be. A law is passed by the senate and the house of representatives and signed by the governor. A mandate is made by the governor, with the power given to them by the legislature in a state of emergency.

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