COVID 19 Test Result – What to do if you test positive
Most people have mild COVID-19 illness and can recover at home without medical care.
If you used a COVID home test kit and your result is POSITIVE
You have COVID and do NOT need to confirm result with another test.
If you have NO symptoms
Stay at home for 5 days. Continue to wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days.
If you have mild cold like symptoms
Stay at home for 5 days. If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are improving after 5 days, you can leave your house. If you have a fever, continue to stay at home until your fever resolves. Continue to wear a mask around others for an additional 5days. If your symptoms are concerning, please call your primary care provider for a telehealth visit.
If you have severe symptoms or shortness of breath
Please seek immediate care at the closest emergency department. Our Emergency Department at 10 Gove St in East Boston is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Please check our website www.ebnhc.org for more information.
You can get a COVID-19 test from EBNHC even if you do not have symptoms or if you are not an EBNHC patient.
We may have limited availability for scheduling COVID-19 testing appointments.
If our testing sites are booked, click here for other locations.
Testing available for everyone 1+ year old. To schedule: Call 617-568-4500. To schedule testing for an infant, please contact their primary care provider.
For COVID tests at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center:
• The average turnaround time for results is 1-5 days.
• Your test results will be viewable in MyChart*
• Results will be mailed and will not be available for print at clinics.
*To activate MyChart, follow the prompts in the text message you will receive. For help re-setting your account, call 617-568-4600 Monday – Friday 8am-5pm.
t Home Tests/Lab Based Test Options
At-Home Test Kits
For local distribution of free COVID-19 at-home testing kits, click here.
Lab-Based PCR Testing with At-Home Collection
Lab-based PCR testing with home collection is available at no cost to all eligible Massachusetts adults. Kits are reserved for adults (18+) who live or work in a congregate setting, are experiencing symptoms, have recently been in contact with someone with COVID-19, or who have otherwise been recommended for testing. Please visit the Pixel by LabCorp for Massachusetts webpage for details, and to request a test kit.
Before your Appointment
Please visit our website before your visit as there may be important information to know as we respond to the COVID surge.