Frequently Asked Questions
I may have been exposed to COVID-19. What should I do?
Call your health care provider right away if you believe you might have been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
If you are concerned about your health or that of a loved one, make an appointment with your health care provider or visit your local Urgent Care. If you need a health care provider to talk to, please visit
BinghamMemorial.org/Family or call (208) 785-4100 to schedule an appointment with someone nearest to you.
Where do I get the COVID-19 test?
Only health care providers can order a COVID-19 test. Call your health care provider right away if you believe you might have been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
If your health care provider determines you should be tested for COVID-19 and orders the test, they will work with local and state health departments to coordinate testing.
For the test, a health care provider will need to collect a specimen (typically a nasal or throat swab), which will then be sent to a location approved in accordance with CDC guidelines.
How much is a COVID-19 test?
The cost of an office visit related to COVID-19 care will be dependent upon the level of service provided, but the COVID-19 lab test itself will cost $75.
Will my insurance cover the cost of COVID-19 care?
Whether the testing related visit is received in a health care provider’s office, an urgent care center, an emergency department or through a telehealth visit, many insurance providers are waiving the cost of COVID-19 testing.
Care or treatment for COVID-19 will be covered in accordance with your health benefits plan. Your deductibles, copays, and coinsurance may still apply.
For specific details about COVID-19 care coverage, please contact your insurance provider directly.
Should I get tested for the COVID-19?
It is still cold and flu season, and you do not need to seek medical attention for a mild respiratory illness such as a cold. However, if you have had close contact with a person with known novel coronavirus or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread and you develop fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider and ask for instructions about how to seek care.
At this time, the CDC doesn’t recommend testing of people who do not have symptoms. Because of the limited number of tests, there is a need to preserve them for the sickest and those with the highest risk of infection.
What is the process for testing COVID-19?
Testing for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is being done on a patient-by-patient basis. Epidemiologists at the state and at local public health districts are in consultation with healthcare providers and will facilitate testing at the state lab for high-risk patients. Since influenza is still widely circulating and has similar symptoms, rapid flu tests will generally be recommended to rule out flu before proceeding with coronavirus testing.
The state lab is receiving samples Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice, so tests can be run as quickly and efficiently as possible.
In addition, some private regional labs are also accepting Idaho samples for testing. There may be a cost associated with this testing. Labs will report their results to the state, and those numbers will be posted on this website each day. It is normal for test results to take 2-5 days to be delivered to the healthcare provider who ordered the testing.
Are Covid-19 vaccines safe?
Yes. Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history. For more information, please visit the CDC Vaccine FAQ.