While you wait for your test results, follow guidance for what to do If You Have or Suspect COVID-19. Isolate yourself from others and monitor your symptoms. If your symptoms get worse, seek medical care.
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Most Kansans can choose to get tested at a free COVID-19 testing site or by using a test kit at home. Some Kansans may also be able to receive tests through their school, workplace, or long-term care facility. A variety of testing options are available:
Kansans can test for COVID-19 using an at-home rapid test kit. There are several ways to get this type of test:
There are two types of diagnostic tests for COVID-19: PCR and antigen.
PCR tests detect the virus's genetic material.
Antigen tests look for the presence of specific proteins found on the surface of the virus.
For more information on types of tests, visit the FDA COVID-19 Testing Basics page.
People who have COVID-19 can spread it to others even if they don’t have symptoms. Anyone who because of their job or social life has contact with the public should consider getting tested periodically, even if you don’t have symptoms or a known exposure. The following people should get tested:
Most Kansans can choose to get tested by their healthcare provider or at a local pharmacy, by visiting a free COVID-19 testing site or by using an at home test kit. Some Kansans may also be able to receive tests through their school, workplace, or long-term care facility.
Generally, a negative result means the test did not detect the virus that causes COVID-19. A positive result means the test did detect the virus that causes COVID-19 and you are very likely to have COVID-19. Follow KDHE’s guidance for what to do if you have or suspect you have COVID-19.
Even if you receive a negative result, you should keep practicing preventive measures, such as distancing, washing hands, and wearing a mask to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
If you are sick, you should stay home and isolate from others, even if you receive a negative test result. Talk with your health care provider to determine if you should be retested or for advice on managing your symptoms.
Follow KDHE’s guidance for what to do if you have or suspect you have COVID-19.
If you test positive on an at-home rapid antigen test, please note that because these tests are not observed to ensure they were done properly, your local health department or KDHE cannot give you a letter releasing you from work. If your employer requires a letter, you will need to get an antigen or PCR test that is either done by or observed by a healthcare professional.
If you already tested positive for COVID-19 and are isolating at home for 5 full days from when your symptoms started, or from when your positive sample was taken if you don't have symptoms, you can test yourself on day 6 if the test you were provided is an antigen test. Do not use a PCR test for this purpose.
If you already know that you are a close contact to someone with COVID-19 while they were contagious and you are in quarantine at home for 5 full days after your last exposure, you can test yourself on day 6.