Should I test before gathering with other households?
Are you currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?
Yes, I am currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.+ –
Testing yourself or your family before gathering with other households is a good way to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Testing should be strongly considered if high-risk family/friends will be involved in the gathering, as they have a higher risk of becoming hospitalized or having severe outcomes if they get COVID-19. Ideally, everyone who is planning to gather should take a test 24 hours before visiting and limit any more possible exposures after the test is taken. If you test negative one day but then get exposed to COVID-19 in the following days before your visit, you will need to be retested. In between your negative test result and your visit, be sure to practice other precautions such as wearing a mask and physical distancing.