Free at home test kits are now available at the Health Department!
Who is eligible for the no-cost collection kit program?
Residents 18 and older can request a test collection kit for themselves online or through several community partner organizations. Parents or guardians of residents under 18
can request a test collection kit for those aged 2-17.
How the Clinitest Rapid Antigen Test Works
- Pick up your COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit at the Health Department, 1235 Ramsey Street, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. with no appointment required. Limit of one box (5 tests) per household.
- Follow here for more information about the Clinitest rapid test kit: https://www.clinitest.siemens-healthineers.com/usa
- Perform the test in 6 easy steps.
- Receive your result in 15 minutes.
Please note: At home test kits may not be used for re-entry into Cumberland County School District.
A negative is not required to end isolation after 5 days. If an individual has access to a test and wants to test, the best approach is to use an antigen test towards the end of the 5-day isolation period. If your test result is positive, you should continue
to isolate until day 10. Test kits may not be used to end isolation early if you have tested positive for COVID-19.
Learn more about steps to take after COVID-19 testing.
There is one type of at home test kits available, while supplies last.
COVID-19 rapid antigen tests work to detect proteins that are specific to the virus that causes COVID-19 and do not typically need to be sent to a lab to be analyzed.
Negative antigen results should be treated as presumptive. Negative results do not rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection and should not be used as the sole basis for infection control decisions. To improve results, antigen tests should be used twice over
a three-day period with at least 24 hours and no more than 48 hours between tests.
Learn more about COVID-19 diagnostic tests from the CDC and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
For more information visit the NC DHHS website.