What should you do if you test positive for COVID-19?
If you test positive, you should stay home. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Learn more about symptoms and when you should seek medical care.
Do you need to get tested for COVID-19?
You should get tested for COVID-19 if you:
- Have symptoms of COVID-19
- Have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19
- Do not have symptoms but need testing to return to work or school
Where can you get tested?
At state and community testing sites
If you have a primary care provider, call your provider. They will coordinate initial screening and, if appropriate, testing through the state you live in. If you do not have a primary care provider, and would like one, please call 800-653-0776.
If you do not have a primary care provider, contact your state health department to schedule a test:
- New Hampshire residents:
- The New Hampshire COVID-19 Response website provides information about community-based testing locations across New Hampshire.
- Call the 211 state hotline.
- Vermont residents:
At Dartmouth Health
You can get tested at a Dartmouth Health location if you are:
- A Dartmouth Health primary care patient
- A Dartmouth Health employee or family member
Note: Dartmouth Health performs testing if you have symptoms or need testing to return to school or work. If you need testing because you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, please use one of the state or community testing sites.
Appointments are required for all Dartmouth Health testing locations.
- Schedule your appointment using your myDH account.
- If you don’t have a myDH account, please contact your primary care provider.
- Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center patients, employees, and employee family members can also schedule their appointments by calling the COVID-19 Hotline at 603-650-1818, Monday to Friday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm; closed holidays.
Testing locations at Dartmouth Health
At Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Colburn Hill parking lot
444 Mount Support Road
Lebanon, NH 03766
At Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics Concord, Manchester, or Nashua
Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics Concord
254 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics Manchester
100 Hitchcock Way
Manchester, NH 03104
Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics Nashua
2300 Southwood Drive
Nashua, NH 03063
Note: If you have previously tested positive for COVID-19 and need a test after 5 days to return to work or school, we recommend that you use an at-home (antigen) test. Our drive-thru test is a PCR test, which is likely to show a positive result 5 days after a previous positive test result.
At-home antigen testing
COVID-19 at-home antigen tests are diagnostic tests that are approved by the FDA with Emergency Use Authorization. You can purchase these tests at pharmacies and other locations and administer them yourself to test for the COVID-19 antigen.
Antigen tests detect the presence of the COVID-19 virus, but they are less sensitive than PCR tests.
- If you have COVID-19 symptoms and a negative home antigen test result, you can schedule a confirmation PCR test.
- If you have a positive home antigen test result, you do not need to schedule a confirmatory PCR test.
If you test positive
If you test positive for COVID-19, you should stay home. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Learn more about symptoms and when you should seek medical care.
Testing for travel
Due to limited testing capacity, we are no longer offering pre-travel testing at any of our drive-thru locations. Employees and patients who need pre-travel testing need to schedule it at other testing sites.
Learn more about COVID-19 testing
To read answers to frequently asked questions about testing, visit our our COVID-19 Testing FAQ page.
For health care providers: If your patient needs testing
If you are a health care provider who has a patient about whom there is concern for the possibility of COVID-19, who does not require emergency department evaluation, and has either contacted you by phone or is in an ambulatory practice, please ask the patient to don a mask and go home to self-quarantine pending further decisions on COVID-19 testing. Do not direct them to the DHMC Emergency Department.