Getting tested for COVID-19 and notifying close contacts of exposure are two important ways Coloradans can help slow the spread of the virus.
There are a few different ways to get tested for COVID-19 in Colorado.
- Many Coloradans can get tested through their health care provider if they feel sick.
- Most people with a health plan can get an at-home over-the-counter COVID-19 test online or from a retail store. As long as the test kit is authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), many insurance plans will cover the cost or reimburse you.
- Coloradans can get tested at free community sites around the state.
- Colorado provides access to free home tests at rapid test distribution centers.
- Every home in the United States can order free at-home tests by mail using COVIDtests.gov.
- Health First Colorado and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) pay for at-home COVID-19 tests for members. Get free at-home tests at pharmacies that serve Health First Colorado and CHP+ members.
- Coloradans can use the federal Test to Treat program to seek both testing and treatment for COVID-19. Learn more about Test to Treat.
One of the key tools to fight COVID-19 and slow its spread is right in your pocket. CO Exposure Notifications is a free and voluntary service developed in partnership with Google and Apple that can notify users of possible exposure to COVID-19.
Notify your close contacts
If you test positive for COVID-19, let people you’ve been in contact with know that they may have been exposed. Notifying your close contacts is especially important if they are at high risk and could benefit from getting treatment as soon as possible.