The Health Department does not have the ability to test for COVID-19. Testing is ordered through Health Care Providers in the community.
Cortland County residents who are experiencing coronavirus symptoms need to call their doctor, who will coordinate any necessary testing. If you are instructed by a medical professional to get tested, follow their instructions for a sample collection and then go directly to your home and DO NOT LEAVE YOUR HOME, and isolate yourself from your household to the extent possible until you receive results from your provider. The provider who orders the test will be who contacts you with the result; it could take up to a week or more to get results.
For people who don’t have a primary-care physician, they can call
Please continue to practice social distancing, proper cleaning, and hygiene practices, and stay home as much as possible.
For information about potential COVID-19 exposures to the public, visit our COVID-19 Community Exposures page.