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Should I get tested?
No matter your vaccination status, you should get tested if:
- You were in close contact with someone with COVID-19 at least 5 days after your exposure.
- If you have any symptoms. Stay home, do not go to school or work, and get tested for COVID-19.
Consider getting tested it:
- You are attending or have attended a large gathering or an indoor event
- You are around others who are considered high risk or immunocompromised
Home Test Kits:
Store-bought COVID-19 testing kits (such as those bought at a pharmacy), are not supervised by a health care professional and are not sent to a lab for processing. Store-bought COVID-19 testing kits cannot be used to inform any public health decisions. If you choose to use a store-bought at-home testing kit, be sure to follow up with a test done by a health care provider at a community or clinical testing site.
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What Should I Do While I'm Waiting for Test Results?
- Wear a mask around others to prevent possible spread of the virus.
- If you are sick, it's important that you isolate yourself until you get your test results. Do not have contact with others. Do not go to work, meet up with friends or attend gatherings. Isolating yourself will prevent spread of the virus should you test positive.
- If you were tested for COVID-19 but have no symptoms and no known or suspected exposure to someone with COVID- 19 (for example, as part of a workplace screening program), you do not need to stay home while waiting for your results unless you are told to do so by your employer or by a public health official.
- Next Steps: While You Wait For Your Test Results.
What Do My Test Results Mean?
- Negative test result: You most likely do not have COVID-19 at this time. You could have been exposed to COVID-19 at some point and not enough time has passed for the test to pick it up. You may test positive at a later date.
- If you were exposed to COVID-19, quarantine for 5 days:
- Stay home, monitor for symptoms, and get tested at least 5 days after you were exposed. Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 5 days after your quarantine period.
- You do not need to quarantine if: you tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days with a viral test, or you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines.
- You should wear a mask around others for 10 days after exposure and test 5 days after exposure.
- More Info: Negative COVID-19 Test Results: What Does It Mean?
- Positive test result: Follow isolation guidance if you test positive for COVID-19, even if you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines:
- Stay home and separate yourself from others.
- Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others.
- Wash your hands and clean high-touched surfaces frequently.
COVID-19 Testing Complaint Process for the Public:
- Looking for your test results? Please contact the location where you tested.
- DHS wants people to be aware of how to share their concerns or file complaints about their experiences with COVID-19 testing providers.
- People should direct complaints about a COVID-19 testing experience to the DHS Office of Inspector General at 877-865-3432 or online. Examples of complaints could include: incorrect results, missing results, fake results, testing quality, testing site cleanliness, insurance billing, inappropriate fee for tests, testing fraud such as fake test kits, and other related topics.
- If you have questions about the complaint process, please email DHSOIGAdmin@dhs.wisconsin.gov.