COVID-19 can look and feel like many other illnesses or it can have no symptoms at all. Because it’s highly contagious and difficult to detect, testing is the only conclusive way to know whether or not you’re positive. Here’s a guide to your most common testing questions.
The Casper-Natrona County Health Department has you covered. Drive-up tests are free and available 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Monday-Friday in the drive-thru across the street from our location on Spruce Street. Please do not enter the building. If you’d like, you may print and fill out this form and bring it with you to help expedite the testing process.
PCR tests are available to all individuals who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. PCR Results are given same day unless tested after 4:30, then they will be given the next business day.
Rapid tests will be given to individuals who meet certain criteria.
Stay home for at least 5 days from either when your symptoms first started or if you have no symptoms, from the date you were tested. You should stay in isolation until all of the following are true:
• You have not had a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medication) for at least 24 hours
• All symptoms are improving
If no symptoms at the end of your 5-day isolation, you may return to normal activities as long as you wear a mask for an additional 5 days.
If symptoms are still present at the end of your 5 days, please continue to isolate until symptoms resolve. The state no longer provides isolation letters. If a patient tests positive on a test given by us, the paperwork we give the patient is “officially” stamped by us and is the only paperwork we can give the patient.
Rapid PCR tests for travel purposes are available for $125 per test. Test results will be delivered in around 6 hours, and these are typically reserved for individuals needing pre-op (prior to surgery) or travel testing. Please note that travel tests are very limited due to supply shortages. Tests for pre-op are a NAAT (nucleic acid amplification test). Both pre-op and travel tests must have appointments made in advance by calling 307.577.9892.
Unfortunately, contact tracing is still difficult to keep up with due to lag time in reporting and limited staffing. If you test positive, please contact anyone with whom you’ve spent more than 15 minutes in the two days before your symptoms. If you need an official Isolation Letter, request one here.