COVID-19 Testing

SHOULD I GET TESTED FOR COVID-19?

Tests are most accurate for people who are showing symptoms of COVID-19. Diagnostic testing is recommended for:

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status.
  • All close contacts, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection with COVID-19, may seek testing at least 5 days after their exposure.

WHICH COVID-19 TEST SHOULD I GET?

Test for Current Infection

Molecular PCR

Normally provided at a medical clinic, testing clinic or pharmacy, PCR tests tell you if you have an infection at the time of the test. Results are available in 1+ days. 

Rapid

These tests can be done by a medical provider or at home and are used to detect a current infection. Results are available in 15 minutes. A negative rapid test result may not be reliable, especially if you have symptoms associated with COVID-19.

Gorge Impact has a list of testing options.

Test for Past Infection

An antibody test may tell you if you had a past infection with the virus that causes COVID-19.

Testing for Travel

Visit the CDC’s website for travel requirements
at your destination.

WHAT DO MY TEST RESULTS MEAN?

What if I test positive?

Follow isolation guidelines to help prevent further spread of the virus.

Oregon Health Authority has a booklet with helpful information on caring for yourself when you test positive for COVID-19.

What if I test negative? ​

A negative COVID-19 test result does not necessarily rule out infection. Please stay home if you are experiencing any COVID-19, flu or common-cold symptoms and follow isolation guidelines.


Read more about what to do i
f you test positive for
COVID-19
 on our homepage

 

AT-HOME COVID-19 TESTS

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 8 at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free.

Additional tests can be purchased online or from pharmacies and grocery stores. Check with your insurance company to see if at-home tests are covered.  

Testing Resources

Find a Test

Find Gorge COVID-19 testing near you. Please note the health department is not offering COVID-19 testing.

Testing Info

COVID-19 testing updates and guidance from the CDC.

Need Help?

Call the Oregon Health Authority at 866-917-8881 if you tested positive or were exposed to COVID‑19 and have questions.

Call the health department at 541-386-1115 and ask for a case investigator if you have questions or need assistance to get food, medicine, rental or utilities assistance, alternative housing, or a letter for your employer.

Testing Outreach

Additional testing resources are available for: migrant and seasonal farmworkers; anyone who identifies as Native American; anyone who identifies as a person of color; anyone experiencing houselessness; and anyone with Medicaid or who does not have health insurance.