Here's How to Find COVID-19 Testing Options Near You
These are the most up-to-date online databases of testing facilities.
Coronavirus testing is a critical component when it comes to states making decisions to end the lockdown and begin reopening businesses. But the supply and demand for reliable coronavirus testing is still a challenge for those concerned they're positive for the virus. Fortunately, there are a number of new online resources designed to provide you with the information you need.
For starters, the home prescription site GoodRx has a constantly updated database that allows for very simple searches for testing sites by state and neighborhood. As of Apr. 20, GoodRx listed 630 testing sites nationwide, and notes that "some testing sites are only open to high-risk people, first responders, and medical workers, or members of private healthcare groups." They also remind users that it wise to "check the link or call the number provided before heading to a testing site." They're openly asking new testing facilities to update their directory (upon approval), so the current 26-page database is certain to grow in the coming days and weeks.
You can also check with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) directly for guidance on testing, and they'll point you in the direction of your local government. According to their website, the "CDC has guidance for who should be tested, but decisions about testing are at the discretion of state and local health departments and/or individual clinicians."
They also offered the following caveat on how to find specific resources in your area:
COVID-19 testing differs by location. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, call your medical provider first. You can also visit your state or local health department's website to look for the latest local information on testing. While supplies of these tests are increasing, it may still be difficult to find a place to get tested.
So—truth be told—you may be better off finding a coronavirus testing site on GoodRx.
While the "curve" of both cases and COVID-19-related deaths appear to have been effectively flattened in a number of hotspots, primarily due to the social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines, these measures have also cratered the economy. The first step in opening up businesses is widespread testing. And now with the resources above, you can quickly find out how and where to get tested. And for more handy information you can use, see these 7 Helpful COVID-19 Tracking Tools You Didn't Know You Could Use.