Updated August 2, 2021
Knowing you have COVID-19 is important so you take care of yourself and prevent spreading the virus to others.
Who Should Get Tested
You should get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or if you were a close contact of someone with COVID-19. Close contact means being within 6 feet of someone for 15 minutes or more over the course of a day, with or without a mask.
If you are getting tested because you had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, it’s best if you wait at least 4 days after you were together before taking a test. The test may not work if you get tested too soon. You should stay home and away from others while you wait. How long should you stay home?
Where to Get Tested
At a Doctor's Office or Clinic
If you have a regular care provider, contact your doctor’s office or clinic to discuss whether you should be tested.
If you think you might have COVID-19, be sure to call before you visit a clinic and let them know. They will tell you next steps so you don’t get others sick at the facility.
If you don't have a doctor, call 211 for help finding a clinic. They can help you even if you don't have health insurance. You can also call the Health Department's Primary Care Clinics at 503-988-5558 to enroll as a new patient.
Multnomah County Community Testing Sites
- You don't need to be a Multnomah County patient or have health insurance.
- You can get testing regardless of your immigration status.
- We don’t share your information with law enforcement or immigration officials.
Testing occurs outdoors at Multnomah County community testing sites, and there may be closures due to weather conditions. Please call in advance to confirm testing site is open.
Call 503-988-8939 for an appointment at a community site or for more information.
Locations and Hours
Mid County Community Testing @ IRCO
10301 NE Glisan St. Portland [map]
Fridays, 11:15 am - 1:45 pm
Rockwood Community Testing @ Latino Network
312 SE 165th Ave. Portland [map]
Saturdays, 8:45 am - 11:45 am
Download a Community Testing Flyer»
Testing for people with symptoms ages 2 months and older, close contacts of someone with COVID-19, and specific risk groups. Walk-in only, no appointments. There may be a long wait if demand is high, or sites may close early.
OHSU recommends you call ahead to make sure you’re eligible for testing. For hours, locations, and to see if you can be tested visit the OHSU website or call 833-647-8222.
Other Testing Locations
This site finder, created by the Oregon Health Authority, lists locations including hospitals, state and county testing sites, private companies doing testing, and more.
Some of these sites will only accept patients within their hospital systems or with certain insurance.
What to Expect
Many tests involve a swab that goes in your nose quite far, so you may feel brief discomfort. If your child is getting tested you may be asked to help hold them. We encourage you to go first and show them it will be okay.
Getting Your Test Results
Your provider will contact you with your results. Because of the large number of people being tested right now, it may take a few days to get your results. You can call your provider or the location you were tested to ask for your test results.
While you are waiting for your results, you should stay home and away from others. This will help keep you from giving the virus to others if you have it. Once you get your results, you may need to isolate or quarantine. If you have any problem isolating or quarantining, there is help.
If you test negative - Follow any instructions from your provider. Even if you have tested negative, if you have been around someone with COVID, you may need to stay home away from others. Continue everyday measures to protect yourself and others.
If you test positive - Whether or not you have symptoms, please stay home and separate from others.