COVID-19 Testing Information

UPDATED September 30, 2022

If you are feeling sick with any symptoms of COVID-19, even before you get tested, please take these steps to prevent spreading the virus to others:
  • Stay home, unless to get medical care. Public Act 328 of 2020 states that an employer can’t fire, discipline, or retaliate against an employee for staying home when sick.
  • Stay away from other people and pets in your home. Use a separate room and bathroom if possible. Wear a mask if you go into shared spaces. Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects. 
  • Learn more about how to manage symptoms at home and when to seek medical care.


When should I get a COVID-19 test?

You should get tested for COVID-19 if you have any COVID symptoms or if you were exposed to someone with COVID. It's a good idea to test before and after travel, as well as before gatherings, especially when events may include those who are at higher risk of severe illness. 

Where can I get a COVID-19 test?

Testing is available from local health care providers, pharmacies, and urgent cares. At-home tests are also available from pharmacies and community locations.

How much does testing cost?

Please check about costs before going to any testing site. At certain locations, some types of tests are free or covered by insurance, while others have an out-of-pocket cost. If you have insurance, call your insurance provider to ask about testing costs and what is covered. If you need help with getting insurance, contact the Washtenaw Health Plan

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  1. At-home Rapid Tests

(also known as self-tests or over-the-counter tests)

At-home rapid tests can be taken at home or anywhere, they're easy to use, and they produce quick results. You can use these tests regardless of vaccination status, whether or not you have symptoms, or if you have had a known or unknown exposure. 

When using rapid tests, the FDA recommends repeat testing following a negative result whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms. If you receive a positive result initially or after a repeat test, this means the test detected the SARS-CoV-2 virus and you most likely have COVID-19.

Consider using a self-test immediately before indoor gatherings, if you develop symptoms, or if you were exposed to someone with COVID (if you have been exposed but don’t have symptoms, wait 5 days before testing).

Make sure to carefully follow all of the manufacturer's instructions and expiration dates when performing the test. You can call 211 if you have any questions about interpreting test results, isolation guidance, or notifying close contacts.

Expiration dates: Many at-home test kit manufacturers have extended expiration dates. Visit the FDA’s list of authorized at-home test kits here to check if this applies to your at-home test.  

See a list of FDA-authorized at-home tests here. The Health Department has a small number of free rapid tests and has been distributing them in high-need areas where exposed individuals may not be able to access public testing sites. 

If you test positive for COVID-19 using an at-home test:

Please see our "What to do if you are sick" page for guidance. We are not collecting data on positive at-home tests. You do not need to report positive at-home tests to the health department. We will not issue letters for employers/schools/travel for at-home test results. If you will need proof of your positive test for work, school, or travel, please get a COVID-19 test from a provider. 

Where to get at-home rapid tests:

For everyone:

  • Federal government: Ordering through the free at-home test program (covidtests.gov) was suspended on Friday, September 2 because Congress hasn’t provided additional funding to replenish the nation’s stockpile of tests.
  • Public libraries: Households are eligible to receive up to 5 free at-home test kits from participating libraries, while supplies last.  

For everyone in Michigan:

  • Every household in Michigan can request free at-home tests through Project ACT. Order online at https://accesscovidtests.org. Residents are able to request tests once per month in September, October, November, December, January, and February! 
    • Households can order once a month through February. Each order contains five tests. Those without internet access can call 211 for help ordering tests. 
    • Note for those who get tests through Project ACT: The FDA granted expiration date extensions for the iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test. Please use the tool below to check the most updated expiration date of your kit: https://ihealthlabs.com/pages/news#expiration

For those with health insurance:

  • If you have health insurance, most insurance plans will now cover the cost of over-the-counter, at-home tests (up to 8 at-home tests per month for each person on your plan). This is for at-home tests purchased on or after Jan 15, 2022. Medicaid beneficiaries can also now get free over-the-counter at-home tests. Please contact your insurance provider for more information. 

For Michigan residents interested in a research study:

  • A National Institutes of Health study called STOP COVID-19 may provide at-home test kits to participants. This is a twelve-week study that requires you to download a smartphone app and answer questionnaires. Some study participants will perform testing when prompted by the app. All the tests will be delivered to your doorstep. You could earn up to $100 in gift cards for your time. If you are interested in participating, please click here for more information and to join.

For people who are blind or have low vision: 

  • Blind and low-vision people can order Ellume COVID home tests, which are more accessible than other options, through the federal government. Supplies of these tests are becoming limited, so people are asked to order these tests only if they do not have a way to use the other types of tests, such as assistive technology or a trusted family member or friend who can assist (in person or via video call). Learn more here and order here
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