When to Get Tested for COVID-19
Get tested for COVID-19 if you feel sick, whether you’re vaccinated or unvaccinated. Common symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are:
- Sore throat
- Difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste or smell
If you are unvaccinated or two weeks have not passed after your final dose, you should get tested for COVID-19 if you:
- Have a known exposure, but have no symptoms. Marin Public Health will contact you if someone who has COVID-19 tells them they were in close contact with you.
- Work in a high-risk setting, such as a hospital or medical clinic, long-term care facility, homeless shelter, or prison.
- Work in an occupation where you experience frequent contact with the public daily, including jobs as first responders, teachers, personal caregivers, housekeepers, construction workers, food service/restaurant workers, gas stations, and grocery store workers.
If you do not meet these criteria but believe you need testing – or need testing for travel or medical-related procedures – please consult your insurance provider, medical provider, or neighborhood medical clinic.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved several COVID-19 at-home collection kits. At-home testing generally includes a brief questionnaire and submitting a sample by mail. Results are usually available within 72 hours. Most insurance carriers cover the cost of at-home testing.
FDA-Authorized At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits
WARNING: The FDA has warned of companies selling fake or unproven COVID-19 tests. If you order an at-home test kit online, make sure the FDA authorizes it.
West Marin is no longer hosting recurring testing. It is recommended that individuals contact their medical provider, purchase an at-home test, or travel to central Marin for testing services.
Learn more here.