COVID Testing Information

COVID-19 Testing in Delaware

Delaware has a expanded its statewide testing program as it moves toward reopening more businesses. 


The State of Delaware will prioritize testing under the new statewide program for:

  • Any symptomatic individual.
  • Anyone with known exposure to COVID-19.
  • Vulnerable Delaware populations, including elderly Delawareans and members of low-income communities.
  • Certain front-line essential workers


Symptoms That May Require Testing

Fever (100 degrees+) AND cough OR difficulty breathing


Are My Symptoms COVID-19 Related, or Flu Related?

COVID-19 symptoms include a fever AND a cough OR shortness of breath. Sneezing, runny/stuffy nose, diarrhea are not typically experienced by people with COVID-19.


Flu symptoms are typically fever, fatigue, cough, aches and pains, headaches, and sometimes runny/stuffy nose, sometimes a sore throat, sometimes diarrhea, but rarely shortness of breath.


Testing requirements

Symptomatic individuals must be referred for testing by their physician or a health care provider. An order or prescription from a licensed health care provider is required before a test will be administered.


If you have a doctor, contact them by phone. Avoid going to the office. Explain your symptoms and your doctor will provide the appropriate medical advice.


If you don’t have a doctor, call the Delaware Department of Public Health Call Center at

1-866-408-1899 and you will be connected with a health care professional.


If you are hearing impaired, dial 7-1-1 and medical personnel will determine if the caller meets criteria for testing.


If you have a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 and tell the dispatcher your symptoms.


Things to know: Many individuals infected with COVID-19 recover by resting, drinking plenty of liquids and taking pain and fever-reducing medications. It’s important to be aware of your symptoms and take precautions. In some cases, illness can be severe and require hospitalization. Always consult your physician or contact the Delaware Department of Public Health.

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