COVID-19 Testing Resources
COVID-19 Testing Sites
If you have symptoms or were exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should get tested, even if you’ve been vaccinated or boosted. Get tested right away for symptoms, or three to five days after exposure, at Metropolitan Pediatrics or an OHA-approved testing site:
Testing is in high demand right now, and families are encouraged to get tested wherever their needs can be accommodated first.
Watch Out for Scam COVID-19 Testing Sites
In a January media release, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum warned Oregonians to be cautious as they seek COVID-19 testing. Scammers are out there, taking advantage of people’s desperation. Find reputable testing sites through OHA’s testing locator and make sure to buy only FDA-authorized antigen or molecular diagnostic tests for home use. Be wary of unknown sellers and inflated prices (on average, at-home tests cost about $20 for a two-pack). See the media release for information about how to report suspicious testing sites and suppliers.
Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests
Starting January 15, most health plans will be required to cover the cost of FDA-authorized at-home antigen or molecular COVID-19 tests. Insurers can either cover the cost upfront at preferred retailers or have members submit a claim for reimbursement. If you purchase your test out-of-pocket, remember to keep your receipt!
- Insurance companies are required to reimburse up to $12 per test (or the cost of the test, if less than $12).
- Each person on your plan can get reimbursed for eight tests per month. For a family of five, that’s 40 free tests!
- Tests can be purchased as needed or all at once, whatever works best for you.
US households can order two sets of four (8 total) free at-home COVID-19 tests from COVIDtests.gov. If an order was previously placed for your address, you can place a second order now.
- How to Get Your At-Home Over-The-Counter COVID-19 Test for Free
- Fact Sheet: The Biden Administration to Begin Distributing At-Home, Rapid COVID-19 Tests to Americans for Free
Report Positive At-Home COVID-19 Test Results
As the Omicron variant sweeps through Oregon, many people need guidance about what to do if they have been exposed or test positive for COVID-19, and a place to report at-home test results. Oregon Health Authority (OHA) comes to the rescue with a new website that answers those questions, provides resources, and collects case data for public health efforts.
If you test positive with an at-home test, report your results to OHA using the online COVID-19 Case Survey or COVID-19 Support Hotline, 866-917-8881. Accurate case counts will help inform Oregon’s next steps in this pandemic.
Learn More: Test positive? New website offers guidance