If you suspect that you or someone you know has been exposed to the Coronavirus, or if you believe you may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please review this page for Delaware County COVID-19 testing news and information. If you are experiencing severe and/or persistent pain, difficulty breathing, pressure in the chest or chest pain, bleeding, confusion, or bluish lips or face, please call 911 or go to your closest Emergency Room.
Please be aware that testing remains a fluid subject. Test site locations and hours of operations are subject to change, advances to testing technology are anticipated, and test result turnaround times will likely continue to fluctuate due to factors that are beyond the control of the County and State.
This test type detects current infections.
Polymerase chain reaction tests (PCR) tests are the most widely used test to diagnose COVID-19 right now is a molecular test which detects genetic material (ribonucleic acid, or RNA) from the virus. Sometimes people refer to these tests by the way they are collected, such as nasopharyngeal swab test, nasal swab test, or oropharyngeal swab test.
This test type detects prior exposures.
Antibody tests, also called serology tests, look for the body’s response to an infection instead of looking for the virus itself. Antibodies are proteins that the body makes to fight off infections. Because it takes days to weeks for the body to create antibodies, these types of tests are not recommended for initial diagnosis of COVID-19.
Delaware County is currently offering drive-thru and walk-up testing conducted by trained medical staff utilizing a PCR (Nasal Swab) test kit. Testing is available for those who have COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or who may be symptomatic. Testing is open to all residents and individuals who work in Delaware County, with essential workers given priority. Testing is available for both insured and uninsured residents. There are no out-of-pocket expenses or co-pays for those with health insurance. Please bring your insurance card to the testing site. A prescription from a doctor is not required.
Next Testing Site
US Army Reserve Center
September 24: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Delaware County and the Chester County Health Department maintain an interactive web-based map of active COVID-19 test sites that are managed either by Delaware County or by local/regional organizations such as Main Line Health, Penn Medicine, CVS, etc. Use this map to easily determine sites conveniently located for you. Click the site for information regarding location, hours of operation, and possible registration requirements.
Delaware County test site information is also maintained in PDF format. This format can be easily downloaded, printed, and shared with others via email. Note: The information in this document mirrors the information found on the Interactive Test Site Map linked above.
The notification method (e.g., phone, mail, email, app) and turnaround time for your COVID-19 test results are dependent on the test site and the type of test you were given.
If you have a COVID-19 PCR (Nasal Swab) test performed at a free Delaware County-sponsored test site, you now have the ability get faster test results via a free online portal hosted by HNL Lab Medicine.
To take advantage of this online portal you should:
Provide a personal email address at the time of your COVID-19 test
Confirm your email address (you will be sent a validation email in 1-2 business days)
After validation, set up an account on the MyHNLAccess portal
If you did not provide your email address at the testing site, wait at least 48 hours after your test to create your account.
Test results will also be sent to you by mail (typically in 5-7 business days). Those who test positive for COVID-19 will also receive a call from the Chester County Health Department.