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Test Results

The amount of time it takes to get your test results back varies. For information regarding your test, contact the testing facility that ordered or collected the test. See the Lab Patients Portal List for contact information (updated Aug. 25, 2020).

The Florida Department of Health and the COVID-19 Call Center cannot provide results, tell you exactly when or how you’ll get your results, or expedite results.

If you test positive for COVID-19, see guidance for what to do while you’re sick.

Exposed or tested positive? Look out for an official call from COVID-19 contact tracers.

If you or someone you have been in contact with tests positive for COVID-19, public health professionals will call to help you identify the time frame when you may have been contagious and recall your close contacts during that time.

Answer calls from (833) 917-2880, (833) 443-5364, (850) 583-2419 or county health departments to discuss potential exposure to COVID-19 with a contact tracer.

A contact tracer will NEVER:

  • ask for your Social Security number
  • ask for private financial information
  • ask for credit card information
  • send you a link without proper authentication procedures

Click here to save the numbers in your contacts so you never miss the call.

Rapid COVID Testing

PCR tests are used to directly detect the presence of an antigen, rather than the presence of the body's immune response, or antibodies. In the context of COVID-19. Polymerase chain reaction is a method widely used to rapidly make millions to billions of copies of a specific DNA sample, allowing scientists to take a very small sample of DNA and amplify it to a large enough amount to study in detail. We offer results in 2-4 days after the sample reaches the lab.

Rapid diagnostic test (RDT) relies on a lateral flow assay that returns qualitative (positive or negative) results within minutes. A small blood sample is placed at one end of the test strip, and the antibodies of interest in the blood sample interact with tagged proteins embedded in the test. The test displays colored lines at the end of the strip corresponding to a positive, negative, or inconclusive result with respect to the presence of the desired antibodies. RDTs are not capable of providing quantitative results indicating the amount of the antibodies in the specimen. They are small, portable, and can be used at pointof-care (POC). In the context of COVID-19, RDTs most frequently test for the presence of patient antibodies {lgM and lgG) specific to SARS-CoV-2.

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