COVID-19 Testing

When to test

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), you should get a test for COVID-19 if:

  • You develop any symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild, or
  • On day 6 following an exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

You can consider testing before spending time with someone who is at high risk for severe COVID-19 (due to older age or medical conditions) especially if you are in an area with medium or high COVID-19 Community Level. 

For detailed information, visit the MDPH's webpage: About COVID-19 Testing or the CDC’s webpage: Testing for COVID-19

You can also call 2-1-1, a 24-hour state-supported telephone hotline.

Where to test

Testing is widely available at pharmacies and other locations in Lowell and across Massachusetts. To search for testing sites in Massachusetts, click here

At-Home Self Test Kits

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-home test kits from the federal government. Click here to order tests online. 

The Lowell Health Department has a supply of COVID-19 at-home self test kits for distribution. Please call 978-674-4307 if you or your organization is interested in receiving FREE COVID-19 test kits while supplies last.