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. 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.
Asymptomatic Rapid (Antigen) Testing – Community Locations
NOTE: This registration is for asymptomatic people only and appointments are required, click here to register. 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.
Upcoming Onondaga County Test Sites
Civic Center | Thurs, Sept 16 | 9-11:30am,1-3pm
421 Montgomery Street, Syracuse
- 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.
- Please note that 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.
PCR Testing (Including for K-12 Schools)
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 the 800 Water Street clinic in downtown Syracuse, by registering here or by calling 315-464-2778 (press 0) during regular business hours, Mon.-Fri., 8am-4pm and Saturdays 8am-1pm.
On-Site Proactive Testing for Schools
Onondaga County is offering on-site proactive asymptomatic testing to teachers and staff at school districts throughout Onondaga County. School districts will announce when testing is available at each school building.
- This is pooled saliva testing. Testing is voluntary and there are no out-of-pocket expenses.
- Pre-registration is required, click here to register.
- Pooled results are provided to each building. Anyone part of a positive pool will require individual testing (the same specimen will be utilized and another test does not need to be performed). Insurance information is collected to pay for all necessary individual testing.