Testing for COVID-19

If You: Here's How to get tested
have symptoms of COVID-19 (link is external) contact your health care provider to ask about a test
are in quarantine because of travel guidance contact your health care provider to ask about a test on or after day 7 of quarantine
are in quarantine because you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 (link is external) contact your health care provider to ask about a test on or after day 7 of quarantine
need a test to prepare for a medical procedure arrange a test through the health care provider who is doing your procedure
have no symptoms and are not in quarantine register at a community-based site or a pop-up location (see below)

If you don't have a health care provider, call 2-1-1 to find out about health clinics in your area.

COVID-19 Testing LOCATIONS in vermont

This COVID-19 Test Site Finder is not managed or endorsed by the Vermont Department of Health. The information is provided by Castlight: COVID-19 Resource Center with the latest, publicly available data. Report any issues or incorrect information here. 

NEW Testing Pilot Project at Kinney Drugs In Newport

Kinney Drugs is conducting a pilot project to offer testing in Newport on July 20 and 27. Testing is available for anyone 2 years old and older. Space is limited, and registration is required.

Register here

Health Department Pop-Up Testing Locations

Register to guarantee your spot. Click on the site name to register.

Hours are 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Exceptions are 7/16 - Burlington, 7/20 - Winooski, 7/21 - Burlington (Riverside) and 7/23 - Burlington are 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The pop-up on 7/27 - Canaan is 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Date Site Street Address  Town   
7/14/2020 Springfield High School 303 South St. Springfield
7/14/2020 Burlington District Office 108 Cherry St., District Office Suite Burlington
7/15/2020 Flood Brook School 91 VT Route 11 Londonderry
7/15/2020 Brattleboro District Office 232 Main St. Brattleboro
7/15/2020 VFW Post 129 VFW Dr. Hyde Park
7/15/2020 St. Johnsbury Clinic 1315 Hospital Dr. St. Johnsbury
7/15/2020 Riverside Avenue 666 Riverside Avenue Burlington
7/15/2020 Asa Bloomer State Building Parking Lot 88 Merchants Row Rutland
7/16/2020 Champlain Elementary School 800 Pine Street Burlington
7/16/2020 St.Albans Downtown Public Garage, Level 3 26 Hampton Lane St. Albans
7/16/2020 White River Junction District Office 118 Prospect St. White River Junction
7/16/2020 Barre City Auditorium 16 Auditorium Hill Barre
7/17/2020 Essex Alliance Church 37 Old Stage Road Essex
7/17/2020 Middlebury District Office 156 So. Village Green Middlebury
7/20/2020 O'Brien Community Center 32 Malletts Bay Ave Winooski
7/20/2020 Bennington Rescue Squad 120 Mckinley St. Bennington
7/21/2020 Springfield Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse 21 Fairgrounds Rd. Springfield
7/21/2020 Riverside Avenue 666 Riverside Ave Burlington
7/21/2020 Burlington District Office 108 Cherry St., District Office Suite Burlington
7/22/2020 Brattleboro District Office 232 Main St. Brattleboro
7/22/2020 VFW Post 129 VFW Dr. Hyde Park
7/22/2020 Asa Bloomer State Building Parking Lot 88 Merchants Row Rutland
7/22/2020 St. Johnsbury Clinic 1315 Hospital Dr. St. Johnsbury
7/23/2020 Champlain Elementary 800 Pine Street Burlington
7/23/2020 St.Albans Downtown Public Garage, Level 3 26 Hampton Lane St. Albans
7/23/2020 White River Junction District Office 118 Prospect St. White River Junction
7/23/2020 Barre City Auditorium 16 Auditorium Hill Barre
7/24/2020 Essex Alliance Church 37 Old Stage Road Essex
7/24/2020 Middlebury District Office 156 So. Village Green Middlebury
7/27/2020 Bennington Rescue Squad 120 Mckinley St. Bennington
7/27/2020 Canaan Town Office 318 Christian Hill Canaan
7/28/2020 Springfield Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse 21 Fairgrounds Rd. Springfield
7/28/2020 Burlington District Office 108 Cherry St., District Office Suite Burlington
7/29/2020 Brattleboro District Office 232 Main St. Brattleboro
7/29/2020 VFW Post 129 VFW Dr. Hyde Park
7/29/2020 Asa Bloomer State Building Parking Lot 88 Merchants Row Rutland
7/29/2020 St. Johnsbury Clinic 1315 Hospital Dr. St. Johnsbury
7/30/2020 St.Albans Downtown Public Garage, Level 3 26 Hampton Lane St. Albans
7/30/2020 White River Junction District Office 118 Prospect St. White River Junction
7/30/2020 Barre City Auditorium 16 Auditorium Hill Barre
7/31/2020 Middlebury District Office 156 So. Village Green Middlebury
What to Expect at a Pop-up Testing Site
Frequently Asked Questions About Pop-up Testing

Who can get tested?
People in Vermont who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 can be tested for the virus at a pop-up testing site. This includes people who work in Vermont. We encourage people who are in quarantine who want a test to contact their health care provider, though they may also come to a pop-up testing site.

How do I register for pop-up testing?
You can register online at: https://humanresources.vermont.gov/popups

Do I need a referral from a doctor?
No, you do not need a referral from a doctor to be tested at a pop-up testing site.

Can children be tested?
Yes, children 12 months or older can be tested at a pop-up testing site. Anyone under 18 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian OR bring a signed parental consent form.

Will the test tell me if I have already had COVID-19?
No, the test will tell you if you have a current infection. It is not a serology/antibody test, which means it will not tell you if you were infected in the past. 

Can I get transportation to the test site?
Yes. Schedule your appointment, and then at least two days before the appointment call 833-387-7200. 

The event is full - will you have more pop-up testing in my area?
We continue to gauge the need and the value for pop-up testing and will schedule accordingly. You can sign up with this form to be contacted via email if there are more pop-up testing dates scheduled in your area. 

How can I change or cancel my appointment?
The confirmation email that was sent to you has information about how to cancel or change your appointment. 

Do I get out of my car for the testing? 
Some sites allow you to drive through, but most will require you to get out of your car to enter the space where the specimen will be collected. You will get instructions to follow when you arrive at the site. 

Do I need to identification with me?
We don’t require identification. We will ask you to verify contact information.

What is the procedure like?
The specimen is collected using a nasal, or nasopharyngeal (NP) swab. You will be asked to tilt your head back and a swab will be inserted through one nostril to reach the back of the nose and throat. 

When will I get the results?
You will get a call from the Health Department when your results are ready, usually within 2-4 days, if not sooner. You will also get a letter in the mail within 7 days of being tested.

How will I be notified? 
If you have a positive result, our contact tracing team will call you. If you have a negative result, we will try to connect with you by phone. You will also receive a letter in the mail.

Can I be tested at a pop-up testing site more than once?
Yes, if you have reason to be concerned about infection, you may come to a pop-up testing site more than once.

Types of Tests

PCR Test

A PCR test is the most common type of COVID-19 test used today. PCR stands for polymerase chain reaction. The test identifies people who are currently infected with the COVID-19 virus.

PCR tests are generally the most reliable tests. Samples are analyzed at a lab, which usually takes up to a few days. A PCR test is used at pop-up testing sites offered by the Health Department.

Data on COVID-19 activity reported on healthvermont.gov includes only PCR tests.

Antigen Test

An antigen test is a newer type of COVID-19 test that identifies people who are currently infected with the COVID-19 virus.

Antigen tests provide results much more quickly than PCR tests but may not be as accurate.

Antigen tests may be used to screen people to identify those who need a more definitive test.

We are monitoring how these antigen tests evolve and how results can best be used. Currently, people who test positive from antigen tests are not considered lab-confirmed cases and are not included in our total number of cases. However, we recommend they follow the same guidelines as a positive case to stay home (self-isolate). We would also conduct contact tracing and recommend a more accurate diagnostic test to confirm the positive result.

Serology/Antibody Test

Serologic, or antibody, tests identify people who have previously been infected with the coronavirus and do not show whether a person is currently infected.

If someone was infected with COVID-19, there will be antibodies in their blood, whether the person ever felt sick or not. The testing measures the body’s immune response to the virus. It does not detect the virus itself.

With any test, there is always a risk of incorrect test results – false positive and false negative results. We need a good and accurate test we can rely on. The Vermont Department of Health convened a working group of experts to research antibody tests. Their findings conclude that at this time, the serologic (antibody) tests that are currently available would not produce results that are accurate or reliable enough for Vermont. The working group will continue to meet regularly and will be watching closely for changes and improvements in serologic testing. Recommendations may change based on new data.

Though certain providers may offer antibody testing in Vermont, the working group cautions against using serologic testing to make decisions about individuals. For example, the test should not be used to establish “proof of immunity.” However, this type of test could help us better understand the population-level rate of infection from COVID-19 in Vermont.