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.