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.