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
Testing recommendations are changing as new information and data becomes available. Regardless of your vaccination status, if you have coronavirus symptoms, you need to get tested as soon as possible. The CDC has an online symptom checker available.
For those exposed to COVID-19
If you have been exposed to someone who is infected with COVID-19, the timing of when you get tested matters.
- If you are vaccinated, get tested 3-5 days after exposure.
- If you are unvaccinated, you should quarantine and get tested immediately. If your test is negative, test again 5-7 days after your initial exposure, or as soon as any symptoms develop.
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.
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.
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 August 26, 2021.