HOME COVID TESTING

HOME TEST or CLINIC TEST?

Check the CDC’s self-testing page: SELF-TESTING

 

CLINIC TEST: 

If you are unvaccinated and have symptoms (even mild ones), call your doctor right away. You may need treatment that can only be arranged by the doctor.

 

HOME TEST: 

· If you are vaccinated or unvaccinated, and have mild symptoms.

· If you're vaccinated and were exposed to someone confirmed to have COVID, multiple self-

tests" (every 48 hours for 2-10 days) starting 3 days after exposure) can help identify a breakthrough case early.

(DO NOT go into a pharmacy yourself if you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID!)

 

What if my home test is positive?

~ Notify your county health department right away

~ You may be asked to have a test performed at a clinic or health department for confirmation

~ Isolate yourself

~ Tell the people you have been in contact with, in accordance with CDC guidance.

 

Home COVID tests are available to buy at Gorge pharmacies. 

        Hi-School (White Salmon) (509-493-4842) 2-pack for $30.00

        Walgreens -The Dalles (541-296-3190) 2-pack for $25.00

        Walgreens - Hood River (541-386-6280) 2-pack for $25.00

        Rite Aid -The Dalles (541-298-5680) 2-pack for $25.00

        Rite Aid - Hood River (541-387-2428) 2-pack for $25.00

 

In general, these tests are less sensitive than tests at most health care facilities. 

(DO NOT go into a pharmacy yourself if you have symptoms or if you have been

exposed to COVID!)

 

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE TESTS

These are "antigen" tests, that work like a home pregnancy test, where an antibody is included on the test strip and reacts very specifically with a protein (the "antigen") on the SARS Co-V-2 virus to cause a visible color change. In general, these tests are slightly less sensitive and specific than the "Nucleic Acid Amplification" or PCR tests you would get at most health care facilities