Symptoms & Testing

If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, follow the CDC's Isolation guidance and use their quick calculator to determine if you need to isolate and what other steps to take to prevent spreading COVID-19.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, fatigue, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, congestion or runny nose, and new loss of taste or smell. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure.

COVID-19 testing is available throughout New Hanover County through local healthcare providers, pharmacies, and other organizations.

If you need a COVID-19 test, you can visit NCDHHS.gov/GetTested to find the closest testing site near you.

Ottendorf Labortories is offering PCR COVID-19 testing at Novant Health located at 2131 S 17th Street in Wilmington, NC, everyday from 8 am to 6 pm.  Routine testing at this location is free and no ID or insurance is required.  Testing for travel purposes is $125.  Register here or call 919-390-2550 if you have any questions.

The New Hanover County Pandemic Operations Center has been designated as a Community Access Point and has free at-home COVID-19 testing kits available for pickup, Monday to Friday, 9 – 5.

When to Seek Medical Attention

If you have any of these emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.

Additional Information or Resources

  • Call the NHC Pandemic Operations Call Center at 910-798-6601
  • Visit NCDHHS Get Tested to find the closest testing site near you
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