COVID-19 Testing Resources & Information

Knowing you have COVID-19 is important so you can take care of yourself and prevent the spread of the virus.

If you have symptoms and think you might have COVID-19, you can ask your health care provider to be tested or you can find a COVID-19 testing site in your community.

If you’re not feeling well, consider using the Coronavirus Checker. This tool allows people to check their symptoms, and if warranted, directs them to the appropriate hospital or clinic.

Your health care provider may decide to have you tested for other illnesses, like the flu, based on your symptoms and possible exposure history.

If you are not vaccinated and have been exposed to COVID-19, testing is still recommended.

Tested Positive for COVID-19? You May Be Eligible for Antiviral Medication – 7/13/22

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, consider asking your healthcare provider if you are eligible to be prescribed Paxlovid or Molnupiravir. These treatments are antiviral pills that are taken within five days of symptom onset and can help prevent severe illness and hos-pitalization. Your healthcare provider can prescribe them to you for pick-up at many pharmacies throughout Clackamas County. More information is available on our Antiviral Treatments webpage.

July 2022 Expiration Date Extension to the iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently granted an additional extension to the iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests distributed by Clackamas County Public Health. ALL tests now have a 12 month shelf life if properly stored between 36–86°F. This means that the expiration date printed on the back of the test kit box is now extended by 6 months. iHealth Labs has created an expiration date checker available on its website.

You can feel confident continuing to use and distribute these tests. Expiration date extensions for these types of products are only granted after studies are performed and submitted for review by the FDA.

There is a new approval letter released by the FDA, and you can learn more about the extension of expiration dates on the FDA’s website.

Please feel free to email EOCLogistics@clackamas.us or call 503-349-3651 with any questions.

At-Home COVID-19 Antigen Tests

At-home COVID-19 antigen tests are a valuable resource in the fight against COVID-19. These tests are widely available and can be found at local and online retailers and pharmacies. Keeping several tests on-hand is a good idea in case you or a household member is exposed to COVID-19 or develops COVID-19 symptoms. Information on how to access tests at no cost is outlined below.

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using an at-home test. To avoid making any decisions based on a potential false negative result, carefully review the guidance below.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising people to perform repeat testing—also known as serial testing—following a negative result on any at-home COVID-19 antigen test. This guidance aims to help prevent people from unknowingly spreading COVID-19 should they receive a false negative result on their at-home test. The FDA recommends repeat testing following a negative result whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms.

After you use an at-home COVID-19 antigen test:

NEGATIVE result with symptoms

If you receive a NEGATIVE result, this means the test did not detect the virus, but it does not rule out infection.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, test again 48 hours after the first negative test, for a total of at least two tests.

If you get a negative result on the second test and you are concerned that you could have COVID-19, you may choose to test again 48 hours after the second test, consider getting a laboratory molecular-based test, or call your health care provider.

NEGATIVE result without symptoms

If you receive a NEGATIVE result, this means the test did not detect the virus, but it does not rule out infection.

If you do not have COVID-19 symptoms and believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, test again 48 hours after the first negative test, then 48 hours after the second negative test, for a total of at least three tests.

If you get a negative result on the third test and you are concerned that you could have COVID-19, you may choose to test again using an anti-gen test, consider getting a laboratory molecular-based test, or call your health care provider.

POSITIVE result

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. Follow isolation procedures and contact your healthcare provider.

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Private health insurers must cover the cost of up to 8 at-home tests per month (keep in mind that tests usually come in a two-pack, so this usually equates to 4 test kits per month). Check with your insurance provider for more information.

Additional ways to access tests at no cost include:

COVIDTESTS.GOV

Households may order up to three sets of free tests at covidtests.gov or by calling 800-232-0233.

Oregon Health Plan (OHP) & Citizen Alien Waived Emergent Medical (CAWEM)

Free tests for members at local pharmacies.

Local non-profits, service providers, schools, and other organizations

Many of these organizations provide test kits to the communities and families they serve and work with.

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There are options if you don’t have insurance or can’t afford a COVID-19 test:

  • Locate a no-cost test site via the resources on this page under “Testing Locations”.
  • Order free at-home tests from covidtests.gov (as of March 2022, every household can order 4 free test kits).
  • You may be eligible for Oregon Health Plan coverage, under which you can access no-cost testing. For more information, call the Clackamas County Health Centers at 503-655-8471.
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  • Stay at home except to get medical care. Isolate yourself from others in the household for at least 5 days.
    • If you have no symptoms and feel well, or your symptoms are much better after 5 days, you can leave your house.
    • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 5 additional days.
    • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until you don’t have a fever.
    • If you need support to isolate, call your Community Health Worker.
  • Watch for symptoms and seek medical care if you feel worried or if your symptoms get worse.
  • Tell your close contacts and household members you have tested positive. (A close contact is anyone you were within 6 feet of for 15 minutes or longer since 2 days before your symptoms began or 2 days before you took your test.)
    • If they are not up to date on their vaccinations, they should follow quarantine guidelines and stay home for at least 5 days. If they can, they should get tested on day 5 after their exposure to you.
    • If they are up to date on their vaccinations, they do not need to quarantine, but should wear a mask when in public and watch for symptoms for 10 days.
  • Call your healthcare provider as soon as possible. There may be treatment available, but some treatment depends on acting quickly. If you don’t have a healthcare provider, call 211 for help finding one.

You are up to date on your vaccination if you:

Have been boosted OR have completed your vaccine doses of Pfizer within the last 5 months OR Moderna within the last 5 months OR J&J within the last 2 months.

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It varies depending on the type of test and which laboratory was used. Ask your testing provider for more information. While waiting for results, isolate yourself to limit the possible spread of the virus and be sure to wear a mask if you need to be around others.

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We do not support requiring proof of negative COVID-19 test results as a condition of returning to work.

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No-Cost Testing Sites

Clackamas Community College Harmony Campus
7740 SE Harmony Road, Milwaukie

Molecular Tests (results in 48–72 hrs.)
Mon - Fri, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Rapid Molecular Tests (results in 2 hrs.)
Mon - Fri, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Appointments available online or by phone. Testing availability without an appointment is limited and not guaranteed. Please take identification with you to your appointment. Visitors with healthcare coverage must provide insurance card and identification.
Non-English language support is available
www.curative.com
Phone: 888-702-9042

Clackamas Community College Oregon City Campus
19600 Molalla Avenue, Oregon City

Molecular Tests (results in 48–72 hrs.)
Mon - Fri, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Rapid Molecular Tests (results in 2 hrs.)
Mon - Fri, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Appointments available online or by phone. Testing availability without an appointment is limited and not guaranteed. Please take identification with you to your appointment. Visitors with healthcare coverage must provide insurance card and identification.
Non-English language support is available
www.curative.com
Phone: 888-702-9042

Hi-School Pharmacy
Estacada and West Linn

Self-swab molecular tests
Results within 72 hours
Contact pharmacy for details
Estacada: 207 S Broadway St.
Mon–Thu, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Phone: 503-630-6698
West Linn: 5369 Hood St.
Mon–Thu, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Fri, 9 a.m–noon
Phone: 503-656-0306

535 NE 6th Ave, Estacada
Rapid molecular testing (same day results)
Appointment required. Take identification with you when visiting. Insurance not required, but visitors with coverage must also provide insurance card.
Mon – Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 503-630-8550

Walgreens and Rite Aid Pharmacies
County-wide

Molecular testing (Rite Aid, ages 4+)
Molecular and rapid antigen testing (Walgreens, ages 3+)
Appointment required

After You Get Tested

After Testing Guide

COVID-19: After You Get Tested provides a wealth of information about what to do if you have received a positive test result or are waiting for your results.

COVID-19 Support Hotline and Website

The Oregon Health Authority has launched a hotline and website to support people who have tested positive for COVID-19. Callers and site visitors can report their case and learn how to keep themselves and others safe while they recover.

  • COVID-19 Case Support Hotline: 866-917-8881, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What To Do If You Test Positive

The Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 What To Do If You Test Positive guide explains what to do if you test positive or if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising people to perform repeat testing—also known as serial testing—following a negative result on any at-home COVID-19 antigen test. This guidance aims to help prevent people from unknowingly spreading COVID-19 should they receive a false negative result on their at-home test. The FDA recommends repeat testing following a negative result whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms.

After you use an at-home COVID-19 antigen test:

NEGATIVE result with symptoms

If you receive a NEGATIVE result, this means the test did not detect the virus, but it does not rule out infection.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, test again 48 hours after the first negative test, for a total of at least two tests.

If you get a negative result on the second test and you are concerned that you could have COVID-19, you may choose to test again 48 hours after the second test, consider getting a laboratory molecular-based test, or call your health care provider.

NEGATIVE result without symptoms

If you receive a NEGATIVE result, this means the test did not detect the virus, but it does not rule out infection.

If you do not have COVID-19 symptoms and believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, test again 48 hours after the first negative test, then 48 hours after the second negative test, for a total of at least three tests.

If you get a negative result on the third test and you are concerned that you could have COVID-19, you may choose to test again using an anti-gen test, consider getting a laboratory molecular-based test, or call your health care provider.

POSITIVE result

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. Follow isolation procedures and contact your healthcare provider.

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Private health insurers must cover the cost of up to 8 at-home tests per month (keep in mind that tests usually come in a two-pack, so this usually equates to 4 test kits per month). Check with your insurance provider for more information.

Additional ways to access tests at no cost include:

COVIDTESTS.GOV

Households may order up to three sets of free tests at covidtests.gov or by calling 800-232-0233.

Oregon Health Plan (OHP) & Citizen Alien Waived Emergent Medical (CAWEM)

Free tests for members at local pharmacies.

Local non-profits, service providers, schools, and other organizations

Many of these organizations provide test kits to the communities and families they serve and work with.

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There are options if you don’t have insurance or can’t afford a COVID-19 test:

  • Locate a no-cost test site via the resources on this page under “Testing Locations”.
  • Order free at-home tests from covidtests.gov (as of March 2022, every household can order 4 free test kits).
  • You may be eligible for Oregon Health Plan coverage, under which you can access no-cost testing. For more information, call the Clackamas County Health Centers at 503-655-8471.
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  • Stay at home except to get medical care. Isolate yourself from others in the household for at least 5 days.
    • If you have no symptoms and feel well, or your symptoms are much better after 5 days, you can leave your house.
    • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 5 additional days.
    • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until you don’t have a fever.
    • If you need support to isolate, call your Community Health Worker.
  • Watch for symptoms and seek medical care if you feel worried or if your symptoms get worse.
  • Tell your close contacts and household members you have tested positive. (A close contact is anyone you were within 6 feet of for 15 minutes or longer since 2 days before your symptoms began or 2 days before you took your test.)
    • If they are not up to date on their vaccinations, they should follow quarantine guidelines and stay home for at least 5 days. If they can, they should get tested on day 5 after their exposure to you.
    • If they are up to date on their vaccinations, they do not need to quarantine, but should wear a mask when in public and watch for symptoms for 10 days.
  • Call your healthcare provider as soon as possible. There may be treatment available, but some treatment depends on acting quickly. If you don’t have a healthcare provider, call 211 for help finding one.

You are up to date on your vaccination if you:

Have been boosted OR have completed your vaccine doses of Pfizer within the last 5 months OR Moderna within the last 5 months OR J&J within the last 2 months.

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It varies depending on the type of test and which laboratory was used. Ask your testing provider for more information. While waiting for results, isolate yourself to limit the possible spread of the virus and be sure to wear a mask if you need to be around others.

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We do not support requiring proof of negative COVID-19 test results as a condition of returning to work.

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Office Hours:

Tested positive or were exposed to COVID‑19?
The trained professionals at the Oregon Health Authority can help.
Hours Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
866-917-8881

Vaccine questions?
COVIDVaccine@clackamas.us

Regional Information
2-1-1

Clackamas County Crisis and Support Line
503-655-8585

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK