COVID-19 Tests

Where to get a COVID-19 Test:

  • Pharmacies
    • Take-home tests available for purchase
  • Urgent Care
  • Doctor's Offices
    • Contact your doctor to make an appointment. Most offices only offer tests for current patients. (May incur a fee or bill insurance)
  • Free, take-home test kits at Riley County Health Department
    • Pick up one kit per person in your household at the Public Health Clinic (2030 Tecumseh Rd)
      • each kit includes two tests
    • The Health Department no longer offers in-person COVID testing.
    • IMPORTANT: If you are sick or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come into the clinic building. Instead, remain outside or in your vehicle and call us at 785-776-4779 ext. 7600. We will bring the test kits out to you.
  • Free tests from USPS
    • As of September 25, 2023, residential households in the U.S. can order one set of four, free, at-home tests from the post office again. Find more information at

Please note, the Emergency Room is NOT a place to go just for COVID-19 testing.

  • Visit the Emergency Room (ER) or call 911 if you have an emergency such as difficulty breathing or chest pain.
  • Emergency services are needed for people who are seriously ill. If you visit the ER just for a COVID-19 test you will likely experience a long wait time and receive a large bill for the test.

If you test positive, isolate and stay away from others

  • Read advice from the CDC HERE
  • Stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home.
    • You are likely most infectious during the first 5 days.
    • Wear a high-quality mask if you must be around others
    • If you live with others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area and away from other people. Use a separate bathroom, if available.
  • Rest and stay hydrated.
  • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (like trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.

CDC COVID Isolation Graphic 2023