How and where to get a coronavirus test in RI, Mass.

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Complete information on how and where to get a COVID-19 test in Rhode Island and Massachusetts

Rhode Island Testing

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UPDATE: In an effort to ramp up testing and better track community spread, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced that starting Wednesday, Dec. 2, everyone in Rhode Island can get tested, whether they’re experiencing symptoms or not. People no longer have to fall into a specific category to sign up for an asymptomatic test through the state portal.

Search for a testing site:

RI’s COVID-19 Test Site Locator: Find a testing site near you »

NEW Online Portal for All Test Results:

The state has launched a new centralized website for Rhode Islanders to receive test results, no matter where or how they got the test. Previously, test results were obtained through a variety of methods including by phone, on the website of the private lab that ran the test, or on the website of the test provider. Now all results can be obtained at portal.ri.gov/results.


Who should get tested?

While testing is now available to all Rhode Islanders, the R.I. Department of Health previously recommended:

  • Testing for Rhode Islanders who have any symptoms. If you are experiencing any symptoms the CDC has identified for COVID-19, you need to get tested.
  • Testing for Rhode Islanders who do not have symptoms (asymptomatic testing). Learn about asymptomatic testing »
    • High-contact workers (gyms, restaurants, hair care, etc.)
    • People who recently attended a large gathering such as a protest or demonstration
    • Rhode Islanders who travel to a place where cases are spiking
    • Sign up for an asymptomatic test by going to portal.ri.gov
  • Recent out-of-state travelers from states with a COVID-19 positivity rate greater than 5%. If you are coming to Rhode Island from one of the states listed here with a positivity rate above 5%, you are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. As an exception, you may provide proof of a negative coronavirus test that was taken within 72 hours prior to arriving in Rhode Island. If you receive a test during your quarantine in Rhode Island and get a negative result, you can stop quarantining. People visiting Rhode Island can find a place for asymptomatic testing at this link.
    Learn about RI’S COVID-19 Travel Information »

States with travel restrictions upon entry to Rhode Island »

Travel Restrictions: Here’s what you need to know for RI, MA, CT

How to get tested if you have symptoms

Call your primary care provider and schedule a test.

Many primary care providers are set up to test their established patients on site. Others are referring patients for testing by appointment at other locations such as Respiratory Clinics and drive-up testing sites. The primary care provider will talk with you about the best place for you to get tested. They will also let you know how you can get your test results.

Call a Respiratory Clinic.

RI COVID testing site locator
  • If you don’t have a primary care provider, you can call a Respiratory Clinic.
  • Respiratory clinics include urgent care centers, community health centers, and community-based clinics across the state that are set up to evaluate patients who may have COVID-19. Most respiratory clinics are set up to swab patients for testing on site and many offer drive-up and walk-up testing options.
  • You must call a respiratory clinic first. Unless you are experiencing a medical emergency, you should not go to any health care facility without calling first.
  • The respiratory clinic will let you know how to get your test results.

Pawtucket/Central Falls Rapid Testing Site

Central Falls and Pawtucket residents can schedule an appointment at the rapid testing site at 91 Dexter St. Testing is available for residents who have experienced symptoms, have had recent contact with individuals who have tested positive, or work in high-risk occupations. Additionally, the testing site is now available for minors ages 12 and up. Services are available in multiple languages.

To schedule an appointment for a free coronavirus test, call the Beat COVID-19 Hotline at 855-843-7620 on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

K-12 Testing

Gov. Gina Raimondo created a separate COVID-19 testing system dedicated to testing students and staff at public and private elementary, middle and high schools. The service is for those who have multiple symptoms or have been identified as a close contact with a positive case. Services are available in multiple languages. A K-12 COVID-19 testing site locator is available at this link. To schedule a test, call 844-857-1814 between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.


Massachusetts Testing

Interactive Map: Find a Massachusetts testing site near you »

Gov. Charlie Baker announced asymptomatic people in higher risk cities including Fall River and New Bedford are urged to tested as part of his “Stop the Spread” campaign. The tests are free, and a full list of sites can be found here.

Information continues to evolve quickly, so it is encouraged that all those looking to be tested contact the testing site prior to arrival. Many sites may also require pre-screening, a referral and/or an appointment.

Phone: Informational and referral hotline 211

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All calls are free and confidential. Interpreter services are available in multiple languages.

Online: Live chat Massachusetts 211 website


If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.


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