What test to take and when, where are the tests administered, how long does it take for results to arrive and what is a serologic test?

When Do I Take a PCR Test and When a Rapid Test

For those aged 60 and older and those in at-risk groups – it is advised to take a PCR test when necessary to get tested. People aged 30 and older can take a PCR test at the HMO clinics or Home Front Command facilities.

Map of authorized testing sites

 

When to take a PCR test

1. Those aged 60 and older or in at-risk groups in the following cases

2. As part of 'Magen Education' program:
Students in educational establishments that participate in the program will take a PCR test once a week at their educational establishment.

 

When to take a rapid test at an authorized site

For those under the age of 60 and not belonging to at-risk groups:

 

When to take a home test

  • If you are a COVID-19 confirmed case
    In order to exit after 5 isolation days, a home test should be taken on day 4  eve and on day 5 eve (positive test day being first day). you can end isolation if both test are negative, there are no symptoms 48 hours prior and you received a HMO recovery certificate. In order to be recognized as a confirmed case, a PCR test or a rapid test at a supervised site is required. 
    Guidance for confirmed COVID-19 cases
  • 72 hours after exposure to COVID-19 confirmed case
    It is advised to take a test 72 hours after exposure to a confirmed case. If the test result is positive, you will be required to take a rapid test at an authorized site in order to be recognized as a confirmed case and later as a recovered case.
    Isolation for close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case
  • If there are symptoms consistent with COVID-19
    Vaccinated and recovered individuals not belonging to risks groups and exhibit coughing or difficulty breathing are advised to take a home test. Positive test result – take a rapid test at an authorized site in order to be recognized as a confirmed case and later as a recovered case.
    Please note: Those with fever are required to go into isolation until receiving a negative result on a rapid test taken at an authorized site or until 48 hours have passed after the fever is reduced without use of fever reduction medicaments.
    Isolation info for those with symptoms

Important: home tests cannot be used for isolation reduction for those who are not a confirmed case, or for being recognized as a confirmed case and later as recovered.

 

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