COVID-19 Testing Information

If you are feeling sick with any symptoms of COVID-19, even before you get tested, please take these steps to prevent spreading the virus to others:
  • Stay home, unless to get medical care. 
  • Stay away from other people and pets in your home. Use a separate room and bathroom if possible. Wear a mask if you go into shared spaces. Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects. 
  • Learn more about how to manage symptoms at home and when to seek medical care.


When should I get a COVID-19 test?

You should get tested for COVID-19 if you have any COVID symptoms or if you were exposed to someone with COVID. It's a good idea to test before and after travel, as well as before gatherings, especially when events may include those who are at higher risk of severe illness. 

Where can I get a COVID-19 test?

Testing is available from local health care providers, pharmacies, and urgent cares. At-home tests are also available from pharmacies and community locations.

Here are some tools to find a testing site near you:

How much does testing cost?

Please check about costs before going to any testing site. At certain locations, some types of tests may be free or covered by insurance, while others have an out-of-pocket cost. The public health emergency ended on May 11, 2023 - so costs may have changed from earlier during COVID. If you have insurance, call your insurance provider to ask about testing costs and what is covered. If you need help with getting insurance, contact the Washtenaw Health Plan

Note: the saliva PCR testing with LynxDx in Ann Arbor closed on 6/30/23.

(also known as self-tests or over-the-counter tests)

At-home rapid tests can be taken at home or anywhere, they're easy to use, and they produce quick results. You can use these tests regardless of vaccination status, whether or not you have symptoms, or if you have had a known or unknown exposure. 

When using rapid tests, the FDA recommends repeat testing following a negative result whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms. If you receive a positive result initially or after a repeat test, this means the test detected the SARS-CoV-2 virus and you most likely have COVID-19.

Consider using a self-test immediately before indoor gatherings, if you develop symptoms, or if you were exposed to someone with COVID (if you have been exposed but don’t have symptoms, wait 5 days before testing).

Make sure to carefully follow all of the manufacturer's instructions and expiration dates when performing the test. You can call 211 if you have any questions about interpreting test results, isolation guidance, or notifying close contacts.

Expiration dates: Many at-home test kit manufacturers have extended expiration dates. Visit the FDA’s list of authorized at-home test kits here to check if this applies to your at-home test.  

See a list of FDA-authorized at-home tests here. The Health Department has a small number of free rapid tests and has been distributing them in high-need areas where exposed individuals may not be able to access public testing sites. 

If you test positive for COVID-19 using an at-home test:

Please see our "What to do if you are sick" page for guidance. We are not collecting data on positive at-home tests. You do not need to report positive at-home tests to the health department. We will not issue letters for employers/schools/travel for at-home test results. If you will need proof of your positive test for work, school, or travel, please get a COVID-19 test from a provider. 

Where to get at-home rapid tests:

For everyone:

  • Federal government: As of September 2023, every home in the US can order an additional 4 tests for free. Another round of 4 free tests was made available starting November 20, 2023. Order at covid.gov/tests or call 1-800-232-0233 for help. 
  • Public libraries: Households are eligible to receive up to 5 free at-home test kits from participating libraries, while supplies last. 
  • From the Health Department at 555 Towner in Ypsilanti. Anyone can walk in to the Health Department during business hours (Monday-Friday from 9-11am and from 1-4pm) to pick up free rapid tests. Up to six tests are available per household. Just walk up to the reception area and ask for tests.
    • Note: if you are currently testing positive for COVID-19 or if you have COVID-19 symptoms, please do not enter the building. Email [email protected] or call 734-544-6700 and we can arrange for someone to bring tests out to your car with minimal contact. 

For those with health insurance:

  • Please contact your insurance provider for information about costs associated with getting at-home tests.

For people who are uninsured, enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, IHS, or VA Healthcare:

  • Sign up for Home Test to Treat and receive free at-home COVID19/flu tests (even if you are not currently positive). Learn more and sign up here.

For Michigan residents interested in a research study:

  • A National Institutes of Health study called STOP COVID-19 may provide at-home test kits to participants. This is a twelve-week study that requires you to download a smartphone app and answer questionnaires. Some study participants will perform testing when prompted by the app. All the tests will be delivered to your doorstep. You could earn up to $100 in gift cards for your time. If you are interested in participating, please click here for more information and to join.