Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing
Who Needs to Be Tested and Why?
The coronavirus situation continues to change quickly. Our main goal is to reduce spread of the virus and ensure care for those with severe symptoms. We need to conserve limited and precious resources, including tests and protective equipment like N-95 masks.
As most patients with coronavirus have mild to moderate symptoms, it is not necessary or possible for everyone to be tested for coronavirus. Visiting a doctor’s office, urgent care, or a Respiratory Diagnostic Center (RDC) before you have been screened could increase your risk of exposure. Help us save our resources for people who are most likely to get very sick from coronavirus (read more about those at risk).
We will continue to update our coronavirus (COVID-19) screening processes. We are relying on guidance from experts, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), and UNC Health Infectious Disease specialists.
Can I get tested at a Respiratory Diagnostic Center?
Respiratory Diagnostic Centers (RDCs) are locations for assessment of respiratory symptoms, including those that may be associated with coronavirus. Your UNC Health physician must refer you to an RDC. Please do not come to an RDC without an appointment. Visiting an RDC does not guarantee you will be tested.
For more information about testing, please contact your primary care provider or the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. If you are having difficulty breathing, call 911 or seek immediate treatment.