What is a COVID-19 Nasal Swab (RT-PCR) Test?

RT-PCR tests work by detecting bits of viral genetic material present in a patient’s mucus, saliva and cells at the very back of their nasal cavity, where the nose meets the throat. This test involves the administration of a nasal swab that will capture mucus and secretions from your nose. This procedure is called a nasopharyngeal swab and is used to identify upper respiratory infections. These tests can recognize if someone has any COVID-19 viral genetic material in their body. This means that someone has or had COVID-19.

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1. How do I qualify to receive the nasal swab test?
2. What is a COVID-19 Nasal Swab (RT-PCR) Test?
3. What do my nasal swab test results mean?
4. When and where are the testing sites?
5. Do I need to make an appointment?
6. How do I make an appointment?
7. What if I need to cancel or change my appointment?
8. Who is eligible to get tested?
9. Can people who live outside of the county register for testing?
10. Does this testing cost money?
11. What will I need to bring to my testing appointment?
12. Can I bring other friends or members of my household for testing with me?
13. Can children be tested?
14. Are there public restrooms available at the sites?
15. How do I receive my results once I get through the testing site?