When to be Tested for COVID-19

In Georgia, anyone who wants a COVID-19 test is eligible for testing through public health. But it’s also important to understand when you should be tested to get the most accurate result.

If you have had a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19

People who are fully vaccinated (you are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine) should get tested 3-5 days after exposure, and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.

People who are not fully vaccinated should quarantine and be tested immediately. If you test negative, you should get tested again in 5–7 days after last exposure or immediately if you develop symptoms during quarantine.

Additional Information

Quarantine Guidance (You quarantine when you might have been exposed).

Isolation Guidance (You isolate when you have been infected with the virus, even if you don’t have any symptoms).

If you have symptoms of COVID-19

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been exposed to someone with the virus, you should get tested. Common symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Fever (measured temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, or you feel feverish)
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea