Getting Tested

Need a COVID-19 test?
Don't go to the emergency department.

Local testing options What to do if you can't access a test

Watch Out for Suspicious COVID-19 Testing Sites

Oregonians should be cautious about pop-up testing sites that charge out-of-pocket fees, do not display logos, do not disclose the laboratory performing the test, are not affiliated with a known organization, or that ask for sensitive information, like social security numbers, that is not necessary for insurance. Consumers can locate a testing site through OHA’s testing locator.

The Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) asks Oregonians to report any dubious testing sites or vendors selling at-home tests at inflated prices to the Attorney General’s Consumer Hotline at 1-877-877-9392 or online.

No-Cost COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Testing at Clackamas Community College Harmony Campus starts Wednesday, Jan. 5. Appointments are required.

Curative is providing COVID-19 PCR testing at Clackamas Community College Harmony Campus in Milwaukie starting Wednesday, Jan. 5. The regular weekly schedule will be Tuesday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The site offers drive-thru testing, although visitors may access the site with or without a vehicle.

Insurance is also not required, but those who carry coverage will be asked to supply their information. Results are usually provided within 24-48 hours. Access the site via the main parking lot entrance off of Harmony Road, which is also serviced by Tri-Met bus line 152. More details can be found online as well as the testing flyer included on this page.

Due to high demand, appointments are required. Check for available appointments online or call 888-702-9042.

Thank you for your patience, ClackCo. We appreciate your dedication to slowing the spread of the virus.

Testing Locations

Get information on coronavirus testing near you: OHA COVID-19 Test Site Finder

Coronavirus testing locations

For more information on the different types of tests available, see this handout provided by the Food and Drug Administration.

Who should be tested?

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

Coronavirus symptoms

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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.

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.

 

After You Get Tested Booklet

After You Get Tested bookletCOVID-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.

If you have trouble breathing or feel very ill, contact your health care provider or, in case of emergency, call 911.

Are the tests accurate?

COVID-19 tests are effective at detecting a COVID-19 infection, and two types of tests are typically used:

  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are molecular tests that are highly accurate when properly performed by a healthcare professional. Results from these tests usually take a couple of days, but rapid versions are available that offer results in an hour or less.
  • Antigen tests — sometimes simply called rapid tests — detect certain proteins in the virus in as little as 15 minutes. These tests are often used by employers, entertainment venues, and college campuses to help control the spread of COVID-19, and they are also available at local and online retailers for at-home use. A positive antigen test result is considered accurate when instructions are carefully followed. However, these tests can sometimes produce false negatives. If you receive a negative result but are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you should contact your healthcare provider and consider getting a PCR test (and, in the meantime, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, and avoid close contact with others). For additional guidance about at-home antigen tests, see the Center for Disease Control’s website.   

Frequently Asked Questions

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If you don’t have a health care provider, call 211 for a list of clinics near you. They can help you even if you don't have insurance. If necessary, visit your local urgent care center. 

You can also call the Clackamas County Health Centers at 503-655-8471 to enroll as a new patient. If you don’t have insurance, they can provide assistance with Oregon Health Plan enrollment. 

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Your health care provider will give you information about how to keep from spreading the virus to your family, friends and co-workers and Public Health will call to find out how the coronavirus may have spread. You will need to Quarantine from other people for as long as they instruct. You will also need to avoid coughing on others and to wash your hands frequently to protect them from infection. When you speak to Public Health, be open and honest with them to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Even if you don’t have symptoms:

  • Stay home until:
    • You have no fever for 3 days;
    • Your symptoms improve; AND
    • At least 10 days have passed since your first symptoms (or your test if you are symptom-free).
  • Have other members in your household stay home for 14 days after you are released from isolation.

Talk to Public Health
You’ll get a call from a public health worker who will give you information about what your test results mean and how to protect yourself and those around you until you are not contagious. They can also help you figure out what kind of support you need to isolate yourself and can connect you to organizations that can help with other resources and services you may need, such as groceries, financial support, help with rent or other essential items.

Here is what to expect when you hear from Public Health:

To protect your privacy, they will ask you to confirm your name and birthdate.

They will ask you about the people you have been in close contact with recently.

They will never ask you to provide other personal information (Social Security number, documentation status or financial information).

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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 reopening or returning to work, especially in light of limited testing capacity at this time.

When someone tests positive for COVID-19, local public health officials will work directly with them on a time-based approach to determine when they may safely return to work after illness. Therefore, a COVID-19 test to return to work is duplicative and not necessary.

However, we may recommend return to work testing for employees of long-term care facilities.

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Office Hours:

Clackamas County Call Center
503-655-8224
Monday to Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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