When should I get tested?

If you have been quarantining yourself after a known exposure, the best time to get tested is about 12 days because that gives enough time for the test to show a positive result. 

However, since most people don’t know when they were exposed, you can get tested even if you don’t have symptoms. 

You can get tested again! This is not a “one and done” situation. If you’ve tested negative, you could still be exposed and infected later or you were tested too soon after infection for the virus to be detected by the test.

It is recommended to stay quarantined until you get tested and get results to prevent others from possibly getting infected.

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1. What stage of recovery are we in now?
2. What if people from an area that has not reopened come to Frederick County?
3. How do I get tested for COVID-19?
4. Does Frederick County have any cases of COVID-19?
5. There aren’t many cases of COVID-19 in my zipcode. Does this mean I can’t get infected?
6. Do I need to wear a mask? Where do I get a mask?
7. Should my child wear a face covering? What if my child is scared? What about children with special health care needs?
8. How important is it for me to get my child’s vaccinations now? Can it wait?
9. What if I don’t have a primary healthcare provider?
10. I’m sick but can’t get tested OR I tested positive for COVID-19. What do I do now?
11. Should I get an antibody test? If it is positive, does it mean I am immune to COVID-19?
12. When should I get tested?
13. I haven’t gotten my test results yet. When will I get them?
14. Doesn’t the public need to know where a person with COVID-19 has been?
15. How can I get information about cases in nursing homes?
16. Can people with no symptoms have COVID-19?
17. Most cases of COVID-19 are mild. Why is this more serious than the flu?
18. I’ve lost my job. Where can I get help?
19. What resources exist for business owners?
20. How do I report a violation of the Governor’s or County Executive's orders?
21. How Can I Help?
22. Can pets get COVID-19? Can I take my pet to the vet?