COVID-19 Testing in New Hanover County

Screening & 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 or take other steps to prevent spreading COVID-19.


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.

Free at-home COVID testing kits are available for pickup at the Pandemic Operations Center, Monday to Friday, 9 – 5.

For additional information or resources:

  • Call the NHC Pandemic Operations Call Center at 910-798-6601

 

If you have symptoms that could be COVID-19, you should test immediately.

If you have been around someone that tests positive for COVID-19 but do not have symptoms, you should start taking precautions like, wearing a face covering, and test 5 days after your exposure.

Certain high-risk environments may require a test as a screening process.

Consider testing before you are going to be around someone that is at high risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19.

COVID-19 symptoms may include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

COVID-19 testing is available throughout New Hanover County through local healthcare providers, pharmacies, and other organizations. Call the New Hanover County Pandemic Operations Call Center at 910-798-6601, or visit NCDHHS.gov/GetTested to enter your address and find the closest testing site near you.

If you have COVID-19 or are sick and believe you could have COVID-19 you should follow current CDC isolation guidelines regardless of your vaccination status.  

If your COVID-19 test is negative

  • You can end isolation.

If you test positive for COVID-19 and do not have symptoms

  • Day 0 is the day you take your test and day 1 is the first full day after you take the test.
  • If you do not develop symptoms you may end isolation after 5 days.
  • If you develop symptoms within 10 days of your test, the isolation clock resets to 0 on the day symptoms start.

If you test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms

  • Day 0 is the day your symptoms started regardless of when you test.

During Isolation

  • Stay home and stay separated from others in your home for at least 5 days.
  • Wear a high-quality, well fitting mask if you must be around others in your home.
  • Improve ventilation in the home, if possible.
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
  • Do not share household items such as towels and dishes.
  • Be aware of your symptoms and seek emergency medical care if needed.
  • Do not travel.

Ending Isolation

If you did not have symptoms, you can end isolation after day 5.

If you have symptoms, you can end isolation after at least 5 days and when you are fever free for 24 hours without medication and your symptoms are improving.

If you experienced moderate or severe illness, or have a weakened immune system, isolate for 10 days or until advised by your medical provider.

Wearing a face covering

After isolation, wear a well-fitting, high-quality face covering when indoors around others at home or in public through day 10 or until you have two negative antigen tests, 48 hours apart.

*If your symptoms return or worsen after ending isolation, restart isolation at day 0*

Health: 1650 Greenfield Street • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-3500 • Fax 910-798-7834 • Human Services Fax 910-798-7824
Environmental Health: 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 140 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-6667 • Fax 910-798-7815
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