Should I get tested?
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, contact your primary care provider to schedule a symptomatic test for you through the provider portal.
While the college does not provide on-campus testing, we encourage faculty, staff, and students to seek regular testing at community-based testing centers found here. This testing map provided by the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) allows you to enter your zip code and find the testing site nearest you.
In addition, we encourage asymptomatic individuals between the ages of 18 and 39 to self-schedule a free asymptomatic test through the RIDOH online portal. Likewise, here is a list of testing sites provided by RIDOH for eligible Rhode Islanders who do not have COVID-19 symptoms.
Asymptomatic testing is available to additional Rhode Islanders who do not have symptoms, including Rhode Islanders between the ages of 18 and 39, specifically due to recent increases in positive cases among this age group. When visiting the portal, you may now select "I am part of an age group that has been asked to get tested" as a reason for requesting an appointment through the online scheduling system.
Free testing for children
CVS Health is now offering COVID-19 testing for children 12 and older at drive-through locations across the United States, including four new sites in Rhode Island that will bring the total in the state to 14.
The self-swab tests are free and will be available to individuals meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria. Registration and scheduling in advance at CVS.com is required. Parents seeking testing for children younger than 12 should call their pediatrician.
Locations for the new testing sites:
- 315 Broad St., Cumberland
- 20 High St., Pascoag
- 601 Smithfield Ave., Pawtucket
- 1187 Main St., Wyoming
How often can I get tested?
There is no specific recommendation for, or limit to, how often an individual should be tested for COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), repeated testing of people without symptoms — especially individuals who work in high-contact professions — may be useful to detect COVID-19 early and stop transmission quickly.
If at any time you start having symptoms of COVID-19, even if you have previously tested negative or have tested positive and since recovered, call your healthcare provider and ask if you should be tested again.
When can I expect my test results?
It might take several days to get your test results. The turnaround time on asymptomatic test results depends on several factors, including the laboratory conducting the testing and the time a specimen is collected and transported to the lab.
Test results may be delayed for several reasons. For example, if the specimen is sent to an out-of-state commercial lab, labeled incorrectly, or information is missing, this could delay the processing time. Some delays may also be due to heightened national demand for testing supplies such as reagents.
Please monitor your CCRI emails daily for updates.