How to Get Tested for COVID-19 in Anchorage for Free
Anchorage COVID-19 Testing is free, safe, and confidential for everyone. You don’t need a note from a doctor and you don’t need to be showing any symptoms.
What to expect:
If you arrive by car, make your way to the end of the line. Each car usually takes less than 2 minutes, so 10 cars may mean a 20 minute wait. The line moves quickly!
When you reach the front of the line, a clinician will check you in. If you’ve preregistered, the staff will confirm your name and date of birth. If you haven’t preregistered, you’ll be asked to fill out a quick form.
Then, the medical team will stick a swab in each nostril or in your throat for a few seconds. It may be uncomfortable, but it will not be painful. That’s it!
After the test:
You’ll be given instructions on what to do while you wait for your test result. The staff will tell you how long tests are typically taking to return. The goal is to have all test results returned within three days, though some people have had to wait longer than that due to increased demand. If you registered with your email, you’ll receive the test result in an email. Otherwise, you will receive a confidential phone call.
The tests conducted at Anchorage’s free testing sites are not antibody or antigen tests. The laboratory looks specifically for copies of the coronavirus DNA. There is no blood drawn.
The tests are free, safe, and confidential.
Who is involved:
The Municipality of Anchorage has partnered with Visit Healthcare and Providence Alaska Medical Center to run the community testing sites.