Who Should Get Tested for COVID-19

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Who should get tested?

It is currently recommended the following people should get tested for COVID-19:

  • Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Those who are fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine should be evaluated by their healthcare provider and tested for COVID-19 if indicated.
  • People without symptoms of COVID-19 such as:
    • People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who have had close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 (including a person who does not have symptoms within 10 days of their positive test result).
    • People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who have taken part in activities that put them at higher risk for COVID-19, such as attending large social or mass gatherings, or being in crowded indoor settings.
    • People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who are prioritized for expanded community screening for COVID-19.
    • People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who have been asked or referred to get testing by their school, workplace, healthcare provider, state, tribal, local or territorial health department.
  • For Unvaccinated People

Staying in quarantine for 14 days after your last exposure to a person with COVID-19 is the best way to prevent more spread. The options below can be used to shorten your quarantine period.

  • Your quarantine can end 10 days after your last exposure to the person with COVID-19, if you’ve not experienced any symptoms.
  • Alternatively, your quarantine period can end 7 days after your last exposure to the person with COVID-19, if a diagnostic test collected no sooner than day 5 of your quarantine period is negative for COVID-19.
  • Fully Vaccinated People:
    • Need to get tested, and show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19  before boarding an international flight to the United States.
    • Should get tested 3-5 days after an international flight.
    • Should be tested 3-5 days after an exposure to someone who has COVID-19 even if they do not have symptoms.They should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following an exposure or until their test returns as negative. If their test is positive they will need to isolate for 10 days.  


    What are the symptoms?

    You should consider getting tested if you are having any of these symptoms:

    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

    Additional Testing Information

    • If you have had a positive test, you do not need another test for 3 months after the test date or when symptoms began.
    • Testing children is also important, since current COVID-19 vaccines aren't available for those under the age of 12. Children may not have fever or other signs of illness yet be able to spread the virus. Your child’s provider might also test for other common illnesses, such as flu or strep throat. Testing is key to keeping you and your child safe.
    • An antibody test is done with a blood sample. This test should NOT be used to diagnose COVID-19 infection. A positive antibody indicates you were probably infected with COVID-19, but it doesn’t tell when. You should not consider yourself protected from the virus.
    • Find a free testing event near you at scdhec.gov/COVID19Testing.


COVID-19 Testing Statewide