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COVID-19 Asymptomatic Testing

Last updated on Friday, Dec 04 2020, 04:07:59 PM

Testing for Rhode Islanders without COVID-19 Symptoms

Testing for Rhode Islanders who do not have symptoms (also called asymptomatic testing) is part of the Early Warning System for COVID-19 disease surveillance. It is the last of a three-part, complete plan to create and expand testing to key groups of individuals.

The data from this Early Warning System will help determine how many Rhode Islanders may have COVID-19 without showing any symptoms, helping the state to further improve guidelines for industries, and prevent the spread of the virus.

To learn more about COVID-19 testing in Rhode Island, view these Frequently Asked Questions.

Who Can Get an Asymptomatic Test

Asymptomatic testing is available to Rhode Islanders who do not have symptoms, including:

  • High-contact workers. This includes, but is not limited to, barbers, child care workers, clergy, cosmetologists, first responders, gym and exercise trainers, healthcare professionals, personal care services (nail technicians, massage therapists, tattoo artists, estheticians, cosmeticians, manicurists, body piercers, and tanning facility staff), public transit drivers, and restaurant workers.
  • Rhode Islanders between the ages of 18 and 39. Due to recent increases in positive cases among this age group, RIDOH is urging individuals between the ages of 18 and 39 to self-schedule a free asymptomatic test through portal.ri.govYou may now select "I am part of an age group that has been asked to get tested" as a reason for requesting an appointment through the online scheduling system.
  • People who recently attended a large protest or demonstration.
  • Rhode Islanders planning to travel to a state that requires a COVID-19 test in order to avoid extended quarantine.
  • Rhode Islanders who travel to a place where cases are spiking. If you are visiting or returning to Rhode Island from one of these states, you must quarantine for 14 days or schedule an asymptomatic test. MORE TRAVEL INFORMATION

If you do not have symptoms but have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, go to this page to learn more about how you can get tested.

How to Schedule an Asymptomatic Test

Eligible Rhode Islanders may schedule an asymptomatic test through portal.ri.gov or by calling 401-222-8022 from 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on weekends. You can ask to connect with an interpreter who speaks your language when you call the Department of Health.

How do I schedule an appointment on portal.ri.gov?

  • You will need to create an account if you do not already have one. Be sure to use a valid email address that you can easily access. You will be asked to enter personal information such as your name, date of birth, and insurance carrier. You must also select a reason for scheduling an appointment and clarify whether you have symptoms.
  • You may choose from available time slots at a variety of testing locations. You will receive a confirmation email that provides the details of your appointment.
  • An appointment for a child can be scheduled through a parent or guardian’s portal account. Children over the age of 16 can create their own account and self-schedule an appointment. MORE

Why can’t I see any available time slots when I try to schedule an appointment on portal.ri.gov?

  • If no time slots appear, then appointments are completely booked for that date and location. New appointments are made available every day. Appointments are scheduled as far as seven days in advance. Rhode Islanders who are looking to schedule a test should frequently check the portal for updated availability.
  • Rhode Islanders who do not have symptoms may also schedule an appointment with a community-based testing site listed here.

Asymptomatic Test Results

When Can I Expect my Test Results?

It might take several days to get your test results. The turnaround time on asymptomatic test results depends on several factors, including the laboratory conducting the testing and the time a specimen is collected and transported to the lab. Test results may be delayed for several reasons. For example, if the specimen is sent to an out-of-state commercial lab, labeled incorrectly, or information is missing, this could delay the processing time. Some delays may also be due to heightened national demand for testing supplies such as reagents.  

How do I Get My Test Results?

  • You will receive an email or text when your COVID-19 test results are ready. Results can be accessed at portal.ri.gov/results two to four days after your test. You will be asked to enter your personal information and the date you were tested. You will get an error message if you try to access this portal before your results are ready or if the information you enter does not match the record.
  • If you scheduled a test at a community-based testing site, you will need to follow their instructions for your test result information.
  • Information about quarantine and isolation is available here.
  • If you have any questions about asymptomatic testing, call the Rhode Island Department of Health at 401-222-8022, Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

How Often Can I Get Tested?

  • There is no specific recommendation for, or limit to, how often an individual should be tested for COVID-19.
  • According to the CDC, repeated testing of people without symptoms—especially individuals who work in high-contact professions—may be useful to detect COVID-19 early and stop transmission quickly.
  • If at any time you start having symptoms of COVID-19, even if you have previously tested negative or have tested positive and since recovered, call your healthcare provider and ask if you should be tested again. 

COVID-19 Screening

COVID-19 screening is available by appointment at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence. Screening at this location will be done using the BinaxNOW test, which is a type of rapid test that results in about 15 minutes. 

Appointments are required and can be scheduled in advance on portal.ri.gov.

Since results will only be communicated verbally, testing at this location should only be used as a screening tool for people without symptoms. Rhode Islanders who need proof of a negative test result for travel-related purposes should schedule a PCR test at a different location. 

Sites That Test People Without Symptoms

Please note: Most test sites will not test people who do not have an appointment already set up. Test sites for eligible Rhode Islanders who do not have symptoms are listed below.

Testing sites for eligible Rhode Islanders who do not have symptoms.