NHC Testing for COVID-19

Who Qualifies for Testing at NHC

In order to fully meet the testing needs of our patients who have been exposed to COVID-19, or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, we are limited our COVID testing to specific populations.

NHC will test any member of the community if they meet the following qualifications.

NHC WILL test you if:

  1.  You are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19 (see list below)
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea;
  2. OR, You are feeling fine but have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID, AND spent more than 15 minutes within 6 feet of the positive person;
  3. OR, you have been required to be tested for an upcoming procedure.

You will need to be tested elsewhere if:

The fastest way to find a COVID Testing site near you is the Oregon State’s COVID Testing page.

  1. You are in need of COVID-19 testing for travel;
  2. After a positive test, your employer is requiring a negative COVID test before allowing you to return to work.*

*The CDC does not recommend retesting someone who meets the following guidelines after quarantining and recovering from COVID-19. Instead of retesting, NHC will provide the patient with a letter that the patient can provide to their employer. The letter will outline the recommendations for allowing a previously infected employee to return to work.


If experiencing any emergency symptoms below, do not wait for a COVID Test appointment. You should contact your provider immediately or seek emergency medical care immediately.

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds

NHC follows the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidelines for vaccine testing.

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