COVID-19 Test Kit Distribution Event
FCPH is giving out free at home test kits to test yourself and your family before you go and test Aunt Martha’s pie!
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Nausea or vomiting
If you or someone you know is experiencing the emergency warning signs for COVID-19, seek emergency medical care immediately. Some signs include persistent pain or pressure in the chest, severe difficulty/trouble breathing, confusion, bluish lips or face, inability to wake or stay awake.
Where Can I Be Tested?
When to Get Tested for COVID-19
Key times to get tested:
- If you have symptoms, test immediately.
- If you were exposed to COVID-19 and do not have symptoms, wait at least 5 full days after your exposure before testing. If you test too early, you may be more likely to get an inaccurate result. However, if you experience symptoms, do not wait and test immediately.
- If you are seeing someone or visiting a setting with people who are high risk for severe COVID-19.
- If you are not fully vaccinated and have been asked or referred to get testing by your school, workplace, healthcare provider, state, tribal, local or territorial health department.
For more information, visit CDC’s testing page.
What is the difference between a diagnostic (or PCR) test and antibody testing?
What it does: Doctors use this test to diagnose people who are currently sick with COVID-19.
How it works: This test uses a sample of mucus typically taken from a person’s nose or throat. The test may also work on saliva — that’s under investigation. It looks for the genetic material of the coronavirus. The test uses a technology called PCR (polymerase chain reaction), which greatly amplifies the viral genetic material if it is present. That material is detectable when a person is actively infected.
What it does: Antibody tests identify people who have previously been infected with the coronavirus. They do not show whether a person is currently infected. This is primarily a good way to track the spread of the coronavirus through a population.
How it works: This is a blood test. It looks for antibodies to the coronavirus. Your body produces antibodies in response to an infectious agent such as a virus. These antibodies generally arise after four days to more than a week after infection, so they are not used to diagnose current disease.
Where can I find helpful testing tips for BinaxNOW at-home COVID-19 tests?
How can I report my at-home test results?
Franklin County residents can do that through our Self Report Form.