Do you have to have a fever to get tested?

No. According to KDHE guidelines, you can get tested if you have at least TWO of the symptoms below OR be a close contact of a positive patient.

Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 infection most commonly include:

  • fever of 100.4 or higher
  • chills
  • stiff joints and/or muscle ache
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • cough/ shortness of breath/ difficulty breathing
  • loss of taste or smell
  • diarrhea (that does not have another cause)
  • congestion/ runny nose

Patients with at least two symptoms may be eligible for testing. The symptoms of coronavirus may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).

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1. How can I get tested?
2. How will I be notified of test results?
3. Do you have to have a fever to get tested?
4. How long do test results take?
5. Is Riley County testing for antibodies?
6. Do I have to quarantine after I get tested?
7. What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?