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Q: When Should I Get Tested? Should I wait until I’ve been exposed to the virus, have symptoms or ‘Just because’?

A: According to the North Dakota Department of Health the following individuals should be tested for COVID-19:

  • Individuals with symptoms (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea).
  • If you have had contact with a COVID-positive individual, testing should occur ideally 7-10 days after the last exposure or if symptoms occur. If you are asymptomatic but have had contact with an individual who has tested positive, testing is beneficial because asymptomatic individuals can spread the virus.

For more information, visit Where to get a Covid-19 Test.

These parameters for who should receive a COVID-19 test are reflected in CDC guidance. If you are unsure if you should be tested, CDC provides an online self-checker tool that may help you make decisions about when to seek testing and/or medical care.