Get Tested for COVID-19

COVID is sneaky. It can look and feel like other common illnesses, which means that one person’s mild case of what they think is a cold could mean COVID hospitalization or worse for someone else. Getting tested is the only way to know for sure, and it’s key to slowing the spread. If you have any COVID symptoms (fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of taste or smell, cough) or have been exposed to someone else who has tested positive, get tested for the safety of our whole community.

The Casper-Natrona County Health Department (insert location link) has you covered. Tests are free and available 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM Monday-Friday with or without an appointment. Schedule your test here, call 307.577.9892, or just drive up – whatever is best for you.

All tests are performed outside of the CNCHD building. Just drive to the back of the building near the alcove, call the phone number on the sign and someone will be out to perform your test. If you scheduled your test ahead of time, someone should be waiting outside for you. Tests are available with or without an appointment – whatever is best for you.

  • Rapid antigen tests are appropriate if you are symptomatic and are within 5 days of becoming symptomatic. Rapid antigen tests are only for individuals with symptoms who are tested within that first 5 day window. Not all patients are eligible to receive a rapid antigen test based on circumstances, exposure and time frame. If the rapid antigen comes back positive, isolate. If the rapid antigen is negative, you’ll then take a Curative PCR test, which is mailed off. 
  • Curative tests are for exposed but non-symptomatic people. Curative results take between 2-4 days to return, due to increases in lab volumes across the country. If you have been exposed to COVID but are not symptomatic, you should still be tested.

Rapid PCR tests are available but cost $100 per test. Test results will be delivered in around 6 hours, and these are typically reserved for individuals needing pre-op (prior to surgery) or travel testing.

Isolate for 10 days, regardless of vaccination status. Your 10 days begins the first day of your symptoms or the date of your test, if you’re not experiencing symptoms. Please contact anyone with whom you’ve spent more than 15 minutes in the two days before your symptoms and ask them to quarantine.

As long as you remain symptom free, continue normal activities like going to school and work. Plan to take a PCR test five days following your exposure to verify that you’re not carrying COVID and exposing others. Mask indoors for 14 days following the exposure and continue to monitor for symptoms. If you become symptomatic at any time, get tested and stay home.

Quarantine at home. If you’d like, you can take a PCR test 5 days after exposure. If it’s negative, you can resume normal activities (work, school, etc.) as early as day 7. If you don’t want to take a test and you remain asymptomatic, resume normal activities 10 days after exposure.

If someone in your household tests positive or if you have prolonged and continual contact with a positive case, quarantine until the positive person is fully recovered and completed their 10-day isolation.

Unfortunately, contact tracing is still difficult to keep up with due to lag time in reporting and limited staffing. If you test positive, please contact anyone with whom you’ve spent more than 15 minutes in the two days before your symptoms. If you need an official Isolation Letter, request one here.

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