COVID Testing Information
COVID-19 Testing in Delaware
Delaware has a coordinated statewide plan to ensure individuals with symptoms consistent with coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) have access to safe and efficient testing in Delaware. This statewide plan aims to streamline the testing process, reduce the burden on the health system, ensure the safety of patients and health care workers, and better meet the COVID-19 testing needs of Delawareans.
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.
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.