Testing tells you if you’re infected with COVID-19.
(1) State locator for testing here.
(2) You can pick-up self-administered test kits from the Amherst Health Department
WHAT KIND OF TESTS CAN WE USE TO FIND OUT IF WE ARE INFECTED WITH COVID-19?
PCR Tests: are the most sensitive tests available and can take 24-48 hours to get results. In the 3rd Hampshire District. These tests can detect the virus before you are contagious and long after.
Home Rapid Tests: these offer an extra layer of protection when you are planning to gather inside with people who do not live with you. Rapid tests give you a snapshot of whether or not you have enough viral load to be contagious at the time you take the test. These test results can be generated in 10-15 minutes.
Free Rapid Tests by Mail from the Feds – NO LONGER AVAILABLE
As of January 19, 2022 every American household was eligible to order four free rapid tests online per residential address. However this free distribution was halted in early September 2022.
If You Test Positive
If you test positive: 1) isolate yourself for 5 days (if you’re symptomatic, continue until you’re not symptomatic) 2) call your medical provider 3) monitor your symptoms. More information on taking a self-test and what actions to take based on results.
Rapid tests are sold in pharmacies, stores, online and other sellers.
Treatments for COVID-19