Information on COVID-19 Testing

Getting tested for COVID-19 is important for vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals because it’s the only way to know for sure who has the virus and who doesn’t. If you have the virus but don’t know it, you could unintentionally spread it to loved ones and across your community

COVID-19 Testing Frequently Asked Questions

For those experiencing symptoms

Testing recommendations are changing as new information and data becomes available. Regardless of your vaccination status, if you have coronavirus symptoms, you need to get tested as soon as possible. The CDC has an online symptom checker available.

For those exposed to COVID-19

If you have been exposed to someone who is infected with COVID-19, the timing of when you get tested matters.

  • If you are vaccinated, get tested 3-5 days after exposure.
  • If you are unvaccinated, you should quarantine and get tested immediately. If your test is negative, test again 5-7 days after your initial exposure, or as soon as any symptoms develop.

Other circumstances

You do not have to experience symptoms or exposure to get tested. Testing may be recommended or required for a variety of reasons, including travel or attending a crowded event.

Yes. Only health care providers and local or state public health departments will have information about test results. They will not share names or contact information with any other agencies.

The amount of time it takes to get your results depends on the type of test, lab capacity and site staffing. If you have not received your results after 48 hours, or the timeframe identified by your testing provider, please contact your testing provider directly.

Your test provider will confirm how you will receive your results, which can be provided by phone, mail, email or patient portal.

Self-testing is available and can be used by anyone regardless of their vaccination status. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully.

The CDC has guidelines on what to do if your self-test is positive or negative.

Local Testing Event Calendar

Find a Testing Event

Find a COVID testing event near you using the Greater Kansas City COVID-19 Testing Calendar. The calendar compiles information from multiple agencies and organizations in the region, including health clinics, public health departments, hospitals and free community events. Guidance about minimum age, cost and pre-registration for each testing location are included on the calendar, when possible.

Each location may have different guidelines for who can be tested. Many sites offer free tests even if you don’t have insurance, and test results are confidential. Call ahead for specific details.

View the full Testing Calendar

Submit Testing Events

Don’t see a testing event? Submit a contact form to share upcoming pop-up COVID-19 testing events in the greater Kansas City region.

Submit a testing event

Upcoming Testing Events

The next five testing events on the event calendar are displayed below. Click on an event to learn more.

Testing for children

Children’s Mercy offers a COVID-19 testing scheduling tool for drive-through testing at several locations.

COVID-19 Testing Site Finder

Testing is also available through local health organizations and private companies. Use the Testing Site Finder below to locate a testing site near you.

Site results will include more information, including type of testing available, contact information, and other important considerations for choosing where to get tested.

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This page was updated on August 26, 2021.

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