Call your health care provider if you are symptomatic to discuss whether you should be evaluated in person and considered for testing. Do not go to your local health department for testing.
Your provider will work with your state or local public health department and the CDC to determine if you need to be tested.
To be tested at the public health laboratory, patients must meet the state's criteria, which evaluates a combination of symptoms and risk factors. Alternatively, patients can consider testing at commercial labs, which don't have set requirements and don't need an approval from the state department.
Results from the state's public health lab are generally available within 24 hours.