Please Do Not Visit our Office if you think you have COVID-19: The NC State Laboratory of Public Health (NCSLPH) can now perform testing for the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which allows NCDHHS to promptly identify and respond to any potential cases. North Carolina is using the test kit developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). COVID-19 tests are available as needed and it is not necessary for everyone to be tested for COVID-19 at this time. NCDHHS has expanded testing criteria for COVID-19. Only those who meet the following criteria should ask their doctor or local health department about being testing for COVID-19 through the NCSLPH:
- Have fever or lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case within the past 14 days.
- Have fever and lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and a negative rapid flu test.
Individuals who meet the criteria should follow CDC guidelines to prevent further spread, and immediately contact COVID-19 Helpline Toll Free at 1-866-462-3821. They can assess you and get you tested.