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COVID-19 Testing in Oregon

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Please do not visit an emergency department for testing, unless you require emergency care for your symptoms. Emergency departments in Oregon are under significant strain.

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How much will a COVID-19 test cost?

Oregon Health Plan

If you have Oregon Health Plan (OHP) coverage, testing will be free.

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Individual and group health insurance

Most health insurance companies will waive co-payments, co-insurance, and deductibles for COVID-19 testing. If you have questions about your health insurance coverage, contact your health insurance provider.

Visit the Division of Financial Regulation's insurance coverage for COVID-19 testing page for more information.

Need health coverage?

You may qualify for the Oregon Health Plan, which is free. Learn more at

If you don't qualify for OHP, you may qualify for extra savings through the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. Find out what coverage and savings you may qualify for at

Free help is available near you. Visit for local assistance.

Who should get tested?

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or if you were a close contact of someone with COVID-19, you should get tested regardless of your vaccination status. Close contact means being within six feet of someone for 15 minutes or more over the course of a day, with or without a mask or face covering.

If you are getting tested because you had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, it's best if you wait three days after you were together before taking a test. The test is less accurate if you get tested too soon. You should stay home and away from others while you wait.

If I've been fully vaccinated, should I still get tested?

While breakthrough cases are uncommon, fully vaccinated individuals should still get tested if they have symptoms of COVID-19. If you were a close contact of someone with COVID-19, you should also get tested.


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Call before you go

If you have flu-like symptoms or have reason to think you might have COVID-19, let your health care provider know before you visit. This will help avoid exposing anyone else at the provider's facility. Additionally, you should ask your health care provider if the testing site accepts your insurance or has free testing options available.

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Antibody testing: what we know right now

Antibody testing can be positive following infection with COVID-19 or following vaccination. Antibody tests may also produce false-positive results. Antibody testing cannot diagnose COVID-19 infection.


Questions about testing?

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