COVID Testing


Every home in the U.S. can order an additional 4 free COVID-19 tests as of November 20. If you did not already order tests this fall, you may place two orders for a total of 8 tests: covidtests.gov

At-home rapid antigen and lab-based PCR tests are still widely available in Chicago.

Get your test in any of the following places:

Your Healthcare Provider

Testing at Healthcare Provider

Contact your health care provider or medical home, especially if you are sick or think you have been exposed to COVID-19.

Community Health Centers

Testing at home

If you don’t have a doctor or insurance, contact your nearest community health center to get free or low-cost testing and health care.

Pharmacies

Testing at a pharmacy

Visit these pharmacies’ websites or call and ask about low or no-cost testing:

ICATT: Increased Community Access to Testing

Testing at home

ICATT provides fair and just access to COVID-19 testing by focusing on communities at a greater risk of being impacted by the pandemic, people without health insurance, and surge testing in state and local jurisdictions.  

People who are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 are prioritized.  

www.testinglocator.cdc.gov


When To Get Tested

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection
  • People who were exposed to COVID-19 and do not have symptoms, wait at least 5 full days after exposure before testing
  • Consider testing before contact with someone at high risk for severe COVID-19

GETTING TESTED AFTER DEVELOPING SYMPTOMS

Get tested immediately if you have symptoms of COVID-19, and isolate until you know your results, even if you are fully vaccinated.

If you test positive:

  • You should stay home for 5 days, regardless of your vaccination status.
  • After 5 days, if your symptoms are improving and you’ve been fever-free for 24 hours without medication, you can leave your home, but you should continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days and avoid contact with high-risk people. 
  • You may remove your mask after day 6 and sooner than day 10 if you test negative on two sequential rapid antigen tests 48 hours apart.
  • If you have a fever or are still feeling sick, continue to stay home until 24 hours after your fever resolves and symptoms improve.
  • If your symptoms worsen, seek immediate attention from a healthcare provider.
GETTING TESTED AFTER EXPOSURE

If you have no symptoms, but have had contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, you should also get tested and protect others as follows:

  • If you have had confirmed or suspected close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should wear a mask for 10 days around others in indoor settings and take a COVID-19 test five days after the exposure, or sooner if you develop symptoms.
  • For additional information, please see the CDC's latest guidance on isolation and quarantine.

How to Find a COVID-19 Testing Site

Click the images below to download the full pdf:


Questions about COVID-19 testing?

Call the CDPH COVID-19 Hotline at 312.746.4835.