During the beginning stages of COVID-19 testing in New Hampshire, the criteria for testing was quite limited as supplies and laboratories dictated the number of tests that could be completed. Testing remains a critical piece for providing care and limiting the spread of COVID-19. Currently, New London Hospital (NLH) is providing testing by appointment only. An order from your primary care provider is required. Results are usually returned within 12 to 24 hours.
The State of New Hampshire recently opened up testing for everyone, regardless of whether they are symptomatic or not. You can find out more information on New Hampshire COVID-19 Response website.
Read the following frequently asked questions to learn more about COVID-19 testing.
Is a COVID-19 test covered by insurance?
Most health insurance plans cover testing for COVID-19 without a copay, coinsurance or deductible. Many locations throughout the state, including hospitals, pharmacies, primary care offices, and other locations offer COVID-19 testing. Persons who do not have insurance or who have a health insurance plan that does not fully cover the cost of testing still have access to testing at no additional costs to the patient at any ConvenientMD, ClearChoiceMD, Lamprey Health Care, CVS Pharmacy, or temporary testing locations operated by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NHDHHS) across the state.
Where do I get tested?
Below are selected testing sites in New Hampshire. You can also see the State of New Hampshire testing guidance and resources.
What do my results mean?
Positive test result: You currently have an active COVID-19 infection and can give the virus to others.
Negative test result: You most likely do not currently have an active COVID-19 infection.
Important note on negative test results: If a person without symptoms is tested after an exposure to COVID-19 (for example, has contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case), a negative result does not allow them to be removed from their 14-day quarantine. An exposed individual can develop illness at any time within this 14-day period, and testing before may be falsely negative. They should remain excluded from work and remain on quarantine for 14 days.
What do I do next?
If your results are positive
Stay home and follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance on steps to take if you are sick. If you are a health care or critical infrastructure worker, notify your work of your test result. Someone from the health department will be in contact with you.
If your results are negative
If you have symptoms, seek medical advice about staying home and if you need to get tested again. If you don't have symptoms, you should get tested again only if your medical provider and/or workplace tells you to. Make sure to take steps to protect yourself and others.