When should I get tested for COVID-19?
Sf.gov states that individuals should get tested when:
- You should always get tested when you have symptoms for COVID-19.
- You should also get tested when you’ve had close contact with someone who has Covid.
- Test 3 to 5 days after your exposure. Testing earlier to find out if you’re positive is optional.
- If you test positive and are at higher risk of severe illness, you may be eligible for Covid medicines. See if you're at risk and how to get early treatment.
- Also get tested when asked by your school, workplace, doctor, or the Department Public of Health.
It might also be helpful to get tested:
- Before and after activities that put you or others at higher risk for COVID-19, like attending large gatherings or being in crowded indoor settings
- When you work somewhere with a higher risk of COVID-19 transmission, like homeless shelters, jails, and settings with close contact with the public. See detailed testing guidance from the State
Where can I get tested for COVID-19?
Free and low cost tests
Health insurance must cover 8 at-home tests per person each month. Check your insurance company’s website to see how to get tests by pickup or reimbursement.
Find free or low cost testing at pharmacies and community based sites.
Tests at San Francisco-run sites are free. But if you have health insurance, the City will bill your insurance.
Get tested outside the home