There are several types of COVID-19 tests. The Northborough Health Department recommends that you seek a PCR (also known as molecular test) rather than an antigen or antibody test. There are many reasons why you may need to be tested such as:
- Your are exhbiting COVID-19 symptoms. Many schools and employers require a negative COVID-19 to return to school or work.
- You have recently traveled or plan to travel. For COVID-19 Travel resources visit https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel.
- You are a "close contact" to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Please note that it is recommended that non-vaccinated "close contacts" be tested 4-5 days after your last exposure to the positive case.
In all cases, it recommended that you find a location that performs PCR tests. Many employers and schools will not accept antigen test results. If you receive a positive antigen result, you will need to follow-up immediately with a PCR test. Please note that overall, antigen results are less reliable than PCR results.
For more information on COVID-19 testing and to locate a testing center, visit https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-testing. If you need help finding a test center near you, contact your medical provider or the Northborough Health Department at 508-579-1774. Click here for a Northborough Southborough Public Schools resource document on testing.