Testing Information

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. Schedule your free test now at Caspervcovid.com

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How to Get Tested:

The Casper-Natrona County Health Department (insert location link) has you covered. Tests are free and available 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM Monday-Friday with or without an appointment. Schedule your test here, call 307.577.9892, or just drive up – whatever is best for you.

Where to Get Tested:

All tests are performed outside of the CNCHD building. Just drive to the back of the building near the alcove, call the phone number on the sign and someone will be out to perform your test. If you scheduled your test ahead of time, someone should be waiting outside for you. Tests are available with or without an appointment – whatever is best for you.

What tests are currently available?

  • Rapid antigen tests are appropriate if you are symptomatic and are within 5 days of becoming symptomatic. Rapid antigen tests are only for individuals with symptoms who are tested within that first 5 day window. Not all patients are eligible to receive a rapid antigen test based on circumstances, exposure and time frame. If the rapid antigen comes back positive, isolate. If the rapid antigen is negative, you’ll then take a Curative PCR test, which is mailed off. 
  • Curative tests are for exposed but non-symptomatic people. Curative results take between 2-4 days to return, due to increases in lab volumes across the country. If you have been exposed to COVID but are not symptomatic, you should still be tested.

What do I do if I need tested for travel or surgery?

Rapid PCR tests are available but cost $100 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.

What do I do if I test positive?

Isolate for 10 days, regardless of vaccination status. Your 10 days begins the first day of your symptoms or the date of your test, if you’re not experiencing symptoms. Please contact anyone with whom you’ve spent more than 15 minutes in the two days before your symptoms and ask them to quarantine.

What do I do if I’ve been exposed and am fully vaccinated?

As long as you remain symptom free, continue normal activities like going to school and work. Plan to take a PCR test five days following your exposure to verify that you’re not carrying COVID and exposing others. Mask indoors for 14 days following the exposure and continue to monitor for symptoms. If you become symptomatic at any time, get tested and stay home.

What do I do if I’ve been exposed and am not vaccinated?

Quarantine at home. If you’d like, you can take a PCR test 5 days after exposure. If it’s negative, you can resume normal activities (work, school, etc.) as early as day 7. If you don’t want to take a test and you remain asymptomatic, resume normal activities 10 days after exposure.

If someone in your household tests positive or if you have prolonged and continual contact with a positive case, quarantine until the positive person is fully recovered and completed their 10-day isolation.

How does contact tracing work?

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.