COVID-19 Testing

Who Should Get Tested?

We recommend individuals get tested if they have been:

  • Exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19 (within six feet for 15 minutes or more, regardless of mask use),
  • Experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, and/or 
  • Referred to get tested by their healthcare provider or the health department.
COVID Testing

COVID-19 Testing Locations

The City of Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services (DPHCS) does NOT offer PCR COVID-19 testing. Nashua DPHCS does offer free rapid, antigen test kits. Call or stop by one of our department service windows in our 18 Mulberry St. office to pick up free rapid, antigen test kits. 

COVID-19 tests are available at hundreds of locations across New Hampshire, with walk-in sites available.

About COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 testing is critical to measure the spread of this disease within our community and assist our regional response efforts.

Types of Testing

COVID-19 tests can detect either SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) or antibodies that your body makes after getting COVID-19 or after getting vaccinated.

  • Viral Tests: Tests for SARS-CoV-2 tell you if you have an infection at the time of the test. 
  • Antibody Tests: Tests for antibodies may tell you if you have had a past infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. Your body creates antibodies after getting infected with SARS-CoV-2 or after getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Test Results

Whether you test positive or negative for COVID-19, no matter the type of test, please continue to take preventive measures to protect yourself and others.

  • If you test positive for COVID-19: Stay home and follow this isolation guidance
  • If you test negative for COVID-19: You did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing. This result does not mean that you are immune from COVID-19 in the future.

To improve accurate, up-to-date testing data collection, share at-home COVID-19 results anonymously at

For More Information

Questions? Call the Nashua COVID-19 Hotline: 603-589-3456