Anyone can get tested for COVID-19. Call your primary care physician, search for a test site near you, or visit one of the test sites below.
Anyone who is tested and is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must self-quarantine until they receive a negative test result. Individuals with negative test results will be notified by the office/clinic that provided the test and may end quarantine at that time unless they are already under a mandatory quarantine order as a contact to a positive case–it is not possible to “test out early” of mandatory quarantine in this case.
What if I test positive?
If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be placed under an order of mandatory isolation. If you have taken a COVID test at home and you tested positive, you can submit your results HERE. You must stay home and avoid contact with others at all times, including members of your own household. You must remain in isolation for at least 10 days and have a temperature of under 100 degrees for three days in a row before being released from isolation. The isolation period is typically 10 days from symptom onset (or from the date of the positive test if you are asymptomatic).
Those identified as close contacts will be placed in a Mandatory Order of Quarantine for at least 10 days. Fully vaccinated people who have been exposed do NOT have to quarantine unless they have symptoms. Please see this flowchart for details and learn more about isolation and quarantine here.
Onondaga County Asymptomatic Rapid Testing
Fabius Community Center | 7786 Main St, Fabius
Thurs, Dec 2, 9am-1pm
Civic Center Theater Lobby | 421 Montgomery St, Syracuse
Mon, Dec 6, 9-11:30am,1-3pm
For asymptomatic people only. Appointments are required. If you are a contact of a case and are under quarantine, you should NOT register for these community locations–please register for one of the PCR testing options below or through your primary care doctor.
- Appointments are required, click here to register
- This is an antigen test, not PCR.
- There is no out-of-pocket cost for testing at these community locations.
- Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
- Positive results are called within one hour of testing; negative results are emailed within 24 hours.
- Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your appointment time.
Onondaga County PCR Testing
Heritage Lincoln | 800 West Genesee Street, Syracuse
Monday-Friday, 9am to 12 noon
This testing is for symptomatic or asymptomatic individuals, including students and staff who have been excluded from school due to previous symptoms which are now resolved. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Appointments are required, register here.
Since this is a PCR test done by Quadrant Biosciences lab, you are required to register at their website also. You will be prompted to do that once you are registered for a time slot at the testing location.
PCR Testing at Upstate and Syracuse Community Health Center
PCR testing is available through Upstate Medical University and the Syracuse Community Health Center for Onondaga County residents. Physicians, pharmacies, and urgent care centers may offer PCR testing as well, please call ahead to inquire.
Upstate Medical University offers walk-in COVID testing at Upstate Community Hospital, 4900 Broad Road, Monday-Friday 8am to 1pm and 1:30 to 4pm (Suite 1K, POB South). Testing is also available by appointment at 800 Water Street (moving to the Fairgrounds on November 1) by registering here or by calling 315-464-2778 (press 0) during regular business hours, Mon.-Fri., 8am-4pm and Saturdays 8am-1pm.
Surveillance Testing for Schools
Onondaga County Health Department is offering on-site weekly surveillance testing for students and staff at school buildings throughout Onondaga County. The goal is to test 10% of the school community each week to help determine if asymptomatic students or staff are COVID-19 positive.
- This is simple and painless pooled saliva testing.
- There are no out-of-pocket expenses.
- Anyone part of a positive pool will have their sample tested individually (the same specimen will be used; no additional test is needed).
We encourage parents to enroll their children in this important testing program to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and our larger community. Please contact your school district for more information and to sign up!