COVID-19 Testing

Getting Tested for Covid-19 in Black Hawk County

Testing for COVID-19 is an important tool to prevent the spread of the virus in the community.
If you receive a positive COVID result and need help managing your symptoms, please contact your health care provider.

The CDC recommends getting tested for COVID-19 if you:

  • Have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested to check for infection at least 5 days after they last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. The date of the last close contact is considered day 0.
  • For screening. (schools, workplaces, congregate settings)
  • Before travel.(Please consult destination of travel to determine testing requirements.)
  • When asked by a healthcare professional or public health official.

Testing Resources

Free Test Iowa test kits available in the lobby.
1407 Independence Avenue, Waterloo
Testing questions call:
8:00 am–4:30 pm, Monday - Friday

Testing Information
For MercyOne COVID-19 testing locations by region.

Testing Information
Pick up and Drop off site for Test Iowa At-Home PCR Test Kits
905 Franklin Street, Waterloo, Iowa 50703
(319) 874-3000
8:00 am-5:00 pm, Monday-Friday

Testing Information
For UnityPoint Health testing information and guidance.


Home tests are available for purchase at local, regional, and national pharmacy locations.
If you receive a positive COVID result and need help managing your symptoms, please contact your health care provider.

Greenwood Pharmacy

Finding a Test

Find free Test Iowa pick up locations, as well as clinics, pharmacies and private labs offering rapid, PCR, and in-person COVID-19 testing in Iowa.
(Scroll down to see Test Iowa instruction video.)

Find a Testing Site

FREE Rapid Home COVID-19 Tests

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home rapid antigen COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.
If you have difficulty accessing the internet or need support call 1-800-232-0233 
(TTY 1-888-720-7489).

Order Yours Today!

At-home Testing with Test Iowa

Free PCR self-administered saliva test kits are available at multiple locations throughout the county. Follow the link below to find a location nearest you, or request a kit be mailed to you.

Test Kit Drop off:
  • Return completed/activated test kits to:
    People's Community Health Clinic
    905 Franklin Street, Waterloo
    Test kits dropped off by 1 pm, Monday - Friday will be transported to the lab the same day. Results are often received within 24 hours.
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