Every household may order four free COVID-⁠19 tests. Go to covid19.gov/tests and they will be delivered to your home. 

These tests are sometimes referred to as at-home, rapid, or over-the-counter tests. They are simple to use and take less than 30 minutes to learn the result.

“It’s great to have tests ready to use in your home. If you or someone in your family has COVID-19 symptoms, you can test and know right away,” said Julie Hartshorn, COVID-19 Outreach Educator. “Testing can also be helpful before an event or visiting someone at higher risk.”

Testing for COVID-19 is important because you learn quickly if you are actively spreading COVID-19 to others and can start the recommended isolation. You can also begin treatment right away to reduce the severity of your illness.

When should you test?

  • Test immediately if you have symptoms. Symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.
  • Wait five full days to test after being exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • When you’re going to gather with a group of people, especially those who are at risk of severe disease.

What are other ways to test for COVID-19?

  • You can buy tests in pharmacies and retail stores. 
  • Private health insurance may reimburse the cost of purchasing self-tests.
  • Check the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Find a COVID-19 Test webpage.

What happens if you test positive for COVID-19?

  • Talk to a doctor as soon as possible about treatment options if you are over age 50 or have other health conditions.
  • Stay home for at least 5 days and isolate yourself from others in your home. You are likely most infectious during these first 5 days. If you are feeling better after 5 days, you may return to work or school but continue to wear a mask around others for 5 more days (total of 10 days).
  • Wear a high-quality mask if you must be around others at home and in public. 
  • Learn more about isolation instructions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Public Health Info Line is available to answer questions about COVID-19.  Call 970-248-6900 during operating hours.