COVID-19 Testing

Nashua DPHCS

The Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services (DPHCS) is providing COVID-19 testing through weekly testing clinics. If you have a health care provider, please contact them first to discuss testing. For a list of our upcoming testing clinics, please see below.

Testing is available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, scheduled by calling the Nashua COVID-19 Hotline at 603-589-3456. We are offering COVID-19 testing to anyone who requests a test. We recommend individuals to get tested if they meet the following detailed criteria, are showing symptoms, or have had exposure to someone with respiratory-like illness.

  • Individuals who do not have primary care providers or their provider’s won’t test, or who don’t have health insurance.
  • Any individual who may have had close contact with a large number of people in high risk settings.
  • Essential workers who deliver, or directly support, home, community, or institutional care services.
  • Individuals with underlying chronic health conditions which puts them at increased risk of complications from COVID-19.

COVID-19 Testing Options

Please see below for our upcoming scheduled COVID-19 testing clinics. We are offering drive-thru and walk-thru testing at our clinics. If you would like to schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 test, please call the Nashua COVID-19 Hotline at 603-589-3456.

Every Tuesday3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.Elm Street Parking Garage (1st Floor)
14 Elm Street, Nashua

COVID-19 Testing at Milford Medical Center (442 Nashua Street, Milford, NH)

  • Beginning August 17th
  • 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. 
  • To schedule an appointment, call 603-884-4454
  • Interpreter Services will also be available
  • Click here for full details

For a list of additional COVID-19 testing options throughout the State of NH, please visit the NH DHHS website.

Clinic Cancellation Policy

For the health and safety of both staff and community, the Nashua DPHCS COVID-19 Testing Clinics will be cancelled or suspended if the temperature reaches 90F and/or if strong winds, heavy rain, lightening, thunder, or other extreme weather is forecast during the time of scheduled clinics. Our staff will make every attempt to notify those with appointments and those who want to attend clinics of the cancellations. Information about the cancellation or suspension of testing clinics and upcoming scheduled clinics will also be posted on our social media accounts and here on our website. If you have any questions, please call the Nashua COVID-19 Hotline at 603-589-3456, available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About COVID-19 Testing

Increasing our ability to test is a crucial component of our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. If we are able to identify more cases, Public Health Nurses are able to track contacts of positive cases and place individuals into isolation and quarantine, as well as provide education. When more people stay home and are away from others, even if asymptomatic, they can help decrease the spread of COVID-19 throughout our community. 

Types of Testing

COVID-19 testing is critical to measure the spread of this disease within our community and assist our regional response efforts. There are two kinds of tests are available for COVID-19: viral tests and antibody tests. These two types of tests serve different purposes and have different limitations. Knowing the facts about these tests is essential to making decisions that are best for our public’s health. Please note that the Nashua DPHCS is only offering viral PCR testing at this time.

Viral Testing

A viral test tells you if you have a current infection using an oral or nasal swab or saliva test. 

Antibody Testing

An antibody test tells you if you had a previous infection using a blood test. The State of NH is working to provide antibody testing at commercial laboratories. If you or someone you know is interested in receiving an antibody test, please view the available options below.

ClearChoiceMDClosest locations are in Goffstown or Hooksett(603) 667-9075
ExpressMED / BOAC
Quest Diagnostics
300 Main St Suite 301B, Nashua, NH 03060(603)

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 by a viral test:

Know what protective steps to take if you are sick or caring for someone. If you receive a positive test result, you either:

  • Currently have COVID-19, with or without symptoms. You will be notified by a public health professional who will give you guidance on isolation and quarantine for you and your family members. They will also discuss the daily monitoring process to keep you, your family, and our community safe. 
  • OR 
  • You have been positive for COVID-19 in the past, completed isolation, and are retesting. The test may come back positive. If you have had COVID-19 previously and have been isolated at least 10 days, without fever for three days, and have had improvement of respiratory symptoms, CDC guidance states that you are no longer contagious (able to spread the virus to someone else).

If you test negative for COVID-19 by a viral test:

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. Please practice protective measures to reduce your risk.

Nashua Testing Data

To learn more about the data collected from our Nashua COVID-19 testing clinics, please visit the Greater Nashua Data Dashboard hosted on LiveStories.

For More Information

Nashua COVID-19 Hotline: 603-589-3456