Information on COVID-19 Testing
Getting tested for COVID-19 is important for vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals because it’s the only way to know for sure who has the virus and who doesn’t. If you have the virus but don’t know it, you could unintentionally spread it to loved ones and across your community
COVID-19 Testing Frequently Asked Questions
For those experiencing symptoms or exposed to COVID-19
You do not have to experience symptoms or exposure to get tested. Testing may be recommended or required for a variety of reasons, including travel or attending a crowded event.
The CDC’s viral testing tool can be used to decide when you should get tested and how to understand your results.
Yes. Only health care providers and local or state public health departments will have information about test results. They will not share names or contact information with any other agencies.
The amount of time it takes to get your results depends on the type of test, lab capacity and site staffing. If you have not received your results after 48 hours, or the timeframe identified by your testing provider, please contact your testing provider directly.
Your test provider will confirm how you will receive your results, which can be provided by phone, mail, email or patient portal.
Self-testing is available and can be used by anyone regardless of their vaccination status. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully.
The CDC has guidelines on what to do if your self-test is positive or negative.
Every home in the U.S. is eligible for free at-home COVID-19 tests through the federal government.
Individuals with health insurance should contact their insurance company to inquire about accessing cover-the-counter tests for free.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly encourage everyone who uses a self-test to report any positive results to their health care provider. Health care providers can ensure that those who have tested positive for COVID-19 receive the most appropriate medical care, including specific treatments if necessary.
Some local public health departments are asking residents to consider voluntarily sharing at-home COVID-19 test results:
Local Testing Event Calendar
Find a Testing Event
Find a COVID testing event near you using the Greater Kansas City COVID-19 Testing Calendar. The calendar compiles information from multiple agencies and organizations in the region, including health clinics, public health departments, hospitals and free community events. Guidance about minimum age, cost and pre-registration for each testing location are included on the calendar, when possible.
Each location may have different guidelines for who can be tested. Many sites offer free tests even if you don’t have insurance, and test results are confidential. Call ahead for specific details.
Submit Testing Events
Don’t see a testing event? Submit a contact form to share upcoming pop-up COVID-19 testing events in the greater Kansas City region.
COVID-19 Testing Site Finder
Testing is also available through local health organizations and private companies. Use the Testing Site Finder below to locate a testing site near you.
Site results will include more information, including type of testing available, contact information, and other important considerations for choosing where to get tested.
This page was updated on June 22, 2022.