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 the following key times for COVID-19 Testing:

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, test immediately.
  • If you were exposed to COVID-19 and do not have symptoms, wait at least 5 full days after your exposure before testing. If you test too early, you may be more likely to get an inaccurate result.
  • If you are in certain high-risk settings, you may need to test as part of a screening testing program.
  • Consider testing before contact with someone at high risk for severe COVID-19, especially if you are in an area with a medium or high COVID-19 Community Level.

For guidance on using tests to determine which mitigations are recommended as you recover from COVID-19, go to Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19.

Testing Resources

BLACK HAWK COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH
Free Test Iowa test kits available in the lobby.
1407 Independence Avenue, Waterloo
Testing questions call:
319-292-2360
8:00 am–4:30 pm, Monday - Friday

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

PEOPLES COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC
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

UNITYPOINT HEALTH
Testing Information
For UnityPoint Health testing information and guidance.


REGIONAL PHARMACY INFORMATION

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.

CVS
Greenwood Pharmacy
HyVee
Walgreens
Walmart

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

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:
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