COVID-19 Testing, Isolation, and Treatment
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COVID testing can help us control the spread of COVID-19. Key times to consider testing:
- If you have symptoms, test right away.
- If you were exposed to COVID-19 and do not have symptoms, wait at least 5 full days after your exposure before testing. If you test too early, you may be more likely to get an inaccurate result. Check this page for more information about what to do if you've been exposed and follow isolation guidelines from the CDC.
- If you are in certain high-risk settings, you may need to test as part of a screening testing program.
- Consider testing before contact with someone at high risk for severe COVID-19, especially if COVID levels are moderate or high in your community.
COVID testing is becoming part of the traditional health care system and may be covered by health insurance. COVID tests are available from many healthcare providers, including doctor's offices, urgent cares, and pharmacies. Contact your doctor or visit the CDC Testing Locator to find a testing site near you.
Test to Treat
Test to Treat sites provide testing and treatment for COVID-19 from a health care provider, all in one location. Anyone who may have difficulty accessing the internet or needs additional support locating a Test to Treat location can call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489) to get help in English, Spanish, and more than 150 other languages - 8:00 AM to midnight ET, seven days a week.
At-Home COVID Tests
|New! Beginning Monday, November 20, 2023, another round of free COVID tests are available to households through the US Postal Service. Households can order 4 free tests delivered to their home. Visit www.covidtests.gov to order your tests!|
To report positive test results or request contact tracing support: You can report a positive test result from an at-home test kit or request COVID-19 contact tracing support to the Norwalk Health Department at this link: https://norwalkct.gov/selfreport. When you submit your test result(s), please continue to follow CDC guidelines for isolation and you may receive a call from the Health Department providing more information/guidance.
If You Test Positive: Isolation and Treatment
If your COVID test is positive:
- Take steps to isolate and protect others around you. Find guidance and access the CDC isolation calculator here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/isolation.html.
- Contact your doctor or healthcare provider right away to see if you can benefit from available treatments. Treatment must be started within the first few days to be effective. For more information: COVID-19 Treatments and Medications | CDC.
The Health Department continues to conduct contact tracing to provide guidance, support, and education to individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. If you test positive, our contact tracing team may call you to help you find treatment or other community resources, help you understand guidance to keep others close to you safe, and answer any questions you may have. Interpretation services are available for residents who speak a language other than English.
Meet Our Contact Tracing Team:
Shari VN., Health Department Staff Member
Calling from: (203) 963-9040 or (203) 584-9735
Brian W., Health Department Staff Member
Calling from: (203) 810-6145
For More Information
- FDA Information about Authorized At-Home COVID-19 Tests and Expiration Dates
- CDC Self-Testing Information
- CDC: Don't Delay! Test Soon and Treat Early (English)
- CDC: No Te Demores: Hazte La Prueba Y Recifetratamiento Pronto (Espanol)
- CT DPH COVID-19 Toolbox: www.ct.gov/coronavirus