Testing for COVID-19

There are laboratory tests that can identify the virus that causes COVID-19 in respiratory specimens. Public health department has received tests and performs the tests.

Please call 914 if you think you have the Corona virus infection.

Who should be tested

Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. Here is some information that might help in making decisions about seeking care or testing.

  • Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home.
  • There is no treatment specifically approved for this virus.
  • Testing results may be helpful to inform decision-making about who you come in contact with.

CPS 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.

Clinicians should work with their state and local health departments to coordinate testing

How to get tested

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, try calling your  local health department 914 or a medical provider. While supplies of these tests arelimited, it may still be difficult to find a place to get tested.

When to Seek Medical Attention

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.