I heard I can get tested for COVID-19 at a commercial laboratory (i.e., LabCorp and Quest)?

Commercial labs are offering COVID-19 testing to individuals who meet certain criteria. These tests must be ordered and specimens collected by health care providers in their offices. Testing is not available at individual lab offices (i.e., local LabCorp or Quest labs). 

Do not go to a commercial lab and ask to be tested for COVID-19. Work with your health care provider to coordinate testing. All costs and fees associated with commercial laboratories is the responsibility of the patient.

Not everyone who has a mild illness needs to be tested, and it may take several days to get test results. Most important thing is to stay home if you are ill. You do not need approval from public health officials to be tested by a commercial laboratory.

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1. I heard I can get tested for COVID-19 at a commercial laboratory (i.e., LabCorp and Quest)?
2. What is the process of getting COVID-19 testing at a commercial lab?
3. If I get tested using a test kit from a commercial lab, how long will it take to get the results?
4. Should contacts of contacts be tested?
5. What is a “close contact?”
6. I was at a conference/mass gathering and I heard that there are people sick from COVID-19. What should I do?
7. I am planning a conference/mass gathering. Should I cancel the event because of COVID-19?
8. I had a large event and heard that one/at least one of the attendees has COVID-19, what should I do?
9. How are school closures determined?
10. I work at a school in a different state. That state’s health department told all staff that we need to self-monitor. Should I do it even though I live in New Jersey and not the other state?