COVID-19 Testing

Who should get tested?

  • Close contacts of a positive case. These include those who share a household or worksite with a positive person and those who have attended an event with that person.  Close contacts should be tested immediately and again after 7 days.
  • Anyone who plans to participate in a gathering/event.
  • Anyone who has attended a gather/event.
  • Anyone who travelled out of state.
  • Anyone who has a visitor from out-of-state.
  • College students returning to Vermont.

Why should I wait 7 days after a single possible exposure?
It takes your body some time to create a measurable load of virus. Those who wait 7 days after a single possible exposure are more likely to get an accurate result. Testing too early can lead to a false negative.

What is the cost?
Health insurers are required to cover diagnostic testing at no cost share to patients in cases where an individual’s health care provider determines testing is needed based on symptoms or suspected exposure. For uninsured patients, testing that meets these criteria will be submitted to the HRSA uninsured program for payment. Testing performed for travel or return-to-work-or-school purposes is not considered medically necessary and, therefore, may not be covered by insurance. If you are having testing performed for reasons other than symptoms or suspected exposure, we recommend you contact your insurance for coverage guidelines, as you may be responsible for payment.

Do I need a referral?
Referrals are not needed for state or SVMC pop-up testing. A referral is required for a test at SVMC’s main campus in Bennington.

Do I need an appointment?
No appointment is needed for state or SVMC pop-up testing. An appointment is required for a test at SVMC’s main campus in Bennington.

When will I get results and how?
Result are usually available within 48 hours. How you will get results varies based on where you receive your test and, sometimes, whether the test is positive or negative. The testing organization will provide information about how results will be delivered at the time of the test. Patients whose specimens are collected at SVMC often receive results by text message. 

What should I do after I get tested?
Follow these instructions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and any directions you receive from the organization administering the test. The bottom line is that you should self-quarantine until your results are known.

What if my test result is positive?
If your exposure is confirmed through contact tracing or with a positive test, you will hear from a contact tracer. The contact tracer will be interested in how you are doing and whether you are at risk of serious illness. They will gather information to verify your identity and so that they can continue to monitor and support you and your family.

Note that contact tracing is free. If someone claims to need payment information, they are not a contact tracer.

The contact tracer will recommend testing, if you have not already done so, and quarantine and provide information about each in addition to resources you may need to meet your needs during this time.

More information about contact tracing can be found here and here. Their aim is to help you get the help you need and to determine who else may be affected.

What if I have COVID-19 questions that were not addressed here?
Call the SVMC COVID-19 Info Hotline at 802-440-8844.


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