COVID-19 Testing in Maine

Who should get tested?

Current US CDC guidance indicates the following people should get tested for COVID-19:

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • People who have had a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
  • People who are fully vaccinated should get tested 5-7 days after exposure, and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
  • People who are not fully vaccinated should quarantine and be tested immediately after being identified, and, if negative, tested again in 5–7 days after last exposure or immediately if symptoms develop during quarantine.
  • People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who are prioritized for expanded community screening for COVID-19.
  • People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who have been asked or referred to get testing by their school, workplace, healthcare provider, state, tribal, local or territorial health department.

Types of COVID-19 Tests

PCR Tests

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests detect viral RNA, or the genetic material of the virus and are considered a gold standard for the detection of COVID-19.

  • PCR tests can be used to detect infection in both symptomatic and asymptomatic people, and to confirm the results of a rapid test.
  • PCR tests are always processed in a laboratory, which means the results will take anywhere between 24-72 hours. Specimen collection can be conducted by a health care provider or through a self-collection process.
  • PCR tests are available at Swab & Send sites and commercial pharmacy locations.

Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAATs)

A Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) detects the genetic material (nucleic acids) of COVID-19.

  • NAATs can be used for symptomatic and asymptomatic testing.
  • NAATs have been authorized for use in different settings, such as in laboratory facilities by trained personnel (laboratory-based) or in point-of-care (POC) settings.
  • Some NAATs can even be self-administered at home or in other non-healthcare locations.
  • Some NAATs are considered rapid tests, such as Abbott ID NOW, and are performed at or near the place where the specimen is self-collected and can provide the result within minutes, whereas the time to complete laboratory-based NAATs ranges from less than an hour to more than a day.
  • Please see below for important information about taking at-home, self-collected NAATs.

Rapid Antigen Tests

Antigen tests, also called rapid diagnostic tests, detect specific proteins on the surface of the coronavirus. 

  • Rapid antigen tests, such as BinaxNOW, are best for individuals experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and are within the first 7 days of symptom onset, or who have been exposed to COVID-19. 
  • Results of rapid antigen tests may be available in as little as 15 to 45 minutes.
  • Specimen collection is almost always through a self-collection process, unless the individual is very young, in which case a parent, guardian or healthcare provider can collect the sample.
  • Please see below for important information about taking at-home, self-collected rapid antigen tests.
What type of test do I need to cross the Canadian border?
  • Currently, all travelers 5 years of age or older, regardless of citizenship, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result to enter Canada.
  • Tests must be non-antigen tests, such as a PCR or NAAT test
  • Tests must be taken with in 72 hours of planned entry by car, or within 72 hours of the scheduled departure for air travel.
  • More information about COVID testing prior to travel to Canada
Will I be charged for a COVID-19 test?

State of Maine funded and supported sites, such as Swab and Send sites or Walgreens stores conducting antigen tests.

  • Will not charge the patient or bill insurance for a test, though some sites may still collect insurance information if available.
  • These sites are listed in the directory below.

Commercial pharmacy locations conducting PCR testing, such as Walgreens and CVS

  • Will bill insurance for those that are insured or submit for reimbursement to Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a federal program, for those that are uninsured.
  • Individuals, regardless of coverage, should not be billed directly for PCR testing.

Independent providers, urgent cares, walk-in clinics, and hospitals

  • May charge or bill insurance for COVID-19 testing. Those without insurance may be responsible for any charge not covered by insurance.
  • We encourage individuals to ask about cost when making an appointment or upon arrival for testing.
Do I need a doctor’s order to get a test?

Individuals who go to a State of Maine supported Swab and Send site or a commercial pharmacy for testing do not need to bring a doctor’s order to get a test.

Individuals who visit other types of testing sites may or may not be required to bring a doctor’s order.

If an individual is symptomatic, they may need to be seen by a provider prior to getting a test. We encourage individuals to ask about the need for a doctor’s order when scheduling an appointment or upon arrival for testing.

What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

How do I use an at-home test for COVID-19?

At-home tests are available either by prescription or over the counter in a pharmacy, online, or in retail stores. All steps in these tests are performed at home and require a sample from inside the nose or a saliva sample. 

  • At-home tests are used to detect a current infection
  • At-home tests are self-collected and can be performed by anyone, anywhere.
  • All instructions for performing the test must be followed.
  • At-home tests can be used by anyone who is symptomatic regardless of their vaccination status.
  • Unvaccinated persons with no COVID-19 symptoms can also use at-home tests, especially if they were potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • If an individual tests positive, they should isolate and inform any close contacts. It is also recommended that a positive result from an at-home test be followed up with a PCR test to confirm infection. 

For more information about the use of at-home COVID-19 tests, please review Maine’s CDC At-Home, Self-Collection Testing Guidance (PDF)

Where can I get tested?

The following locations are open to the public and will not bill you for testing, though many will request insurance information, if available.

This list does not include all sites available, such as urgent care facilities or primary care providers.

If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or are concerned about an exposure, we encourage you to reach out to your primary care provider.

Note: Due to high testing volume at this time the sites listed below are not currently providing testing for travel clearance.

County Provider Town INFO Test Type Address
Kennebec Walgreens Augusta More info PCR 403 WATER ST
Androscoggin Community Clinical Services Lewiston More info PCR, Antigen 57 Birch Street
Lewiston 04240
Penobscot Curative Bangor More info PCR, Rapid Antigen Bangor International Airport
287 Godfrey Blvd
Somerset Walgreens Skowhegan More info PCR 225 MADISON AVENUE
Lincoln Walgreens Lincoln More info PCR 2 W BROADWAY
Aroostook Walgreens Presque Isle More info PCR 320 MAIN ST
Penobscot Walgreens Newport More info PCR 66 MOOSEHEAD TRL
Kennebec Walgreens Oakland More info PCR 19 MAIN ST
Hancock Walgreens Blue Hill More info PCR 17 SOUTH ST
Kennebec Walgreens Winthrop More info PCR 16 PECK FARM ROAD
Piscataquis Walgreens Dover Foxcroft More info PCR 151 E MAIN ST
Kennebec Walgreens Manchester More info PCR 943 WESTERN AVE
York Walgreens Old Orchard Beach More info PCR 15 SACO AVENUE
Aroostook Walgreens Caribou More info PCR 112 BENNETT DRIVE
Cumberland Walgreens Scarborough More info PCR 600 US ROUTE ONE
Piscataquis Walgreens Guilford More info PCR 3 HUDSON AVE #147
York CVS Biddeford More info PCR, Antigen 384 ELM ST.
Biddeford, 04005
Androscoggin CVS Auburn More info PCR  
Cumberland CVS Westbrook More info PCR  
Androscoggin CVS Lewiston More info PCR 446 SABATTUS ST.
Lewiston, 04240
Cumberland CVS Portland More info PCR, Antigen 111 AUBURN ST.
Portland, 04103
Kennebec CVS Waterville More info PCR 1 KENNEDY MEMORIAL DR.
Waterville, 04901
Cumberland CVS South Portland More info PCR, Antigen 51 MARKET ST.
South Portland, 04106
Cumberland Westbrook Public Safety Westbrook More info PCR 570 Main St.
Westbrook, ME 04092
York CVS Wells More info PCR 11 STEEPLE WAY
Wells, 04090
Androscoggin CVS Auburn More info Antigen 8 UNION STREET
Auburn, 04210
Kennebec CVS Augusta More info PCR 24 STONE ST., SUITE 120
Augusta, 04330
York CVS Kennebunk More info PCR 48 PORTLAND RD.
Kennebunck, 04043
Washington Eastport Health Care - Calais Calais 55 Franklin Street
Calais, 04619
Tuesday, September 7th, 8:30am-12:30pm
Wednesday, September 8th, 12:30pm-4:30pm

207-454-3022
NAAT 55 Franklin Street
Calais, 04619
Kennebec MaineGeneral Workplace Health Augusta More info PCR 21 Enterprise Dr
Augusta, 04330
Hancock Mount Desert Island Hospital Bar Harbor More info PCR 22 Hancock Street
Bar Harbor, 04609
Aroostook Northern Light A.R. Gould Hospital Presque Isle More info PCR 140 Academy St.
Presque Isle, 04769
Hancock Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital Blue Hill More info PCR 57 Water Street, Northern Light Sussman Health Center
Blue Hill, 04614
Piscataquis Northern Light CA Dean Hospital Greenville More info PCR 364 Pritham Avenue
Greenville, 04441
Kennebec Northern Light Inland Hospital Waterville More info PCR 174 Kennedy Memorial Drive
Waterville, 04901
Hancock Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital Ellsworth More info PCR 32 Resort Way, Northern Light Health Center
Ellsworth, 04605
Piscataquis Northern Light Mayo Hospital Dover-Foxcroft More info PCR 897 W Main St
Dover-Foxcroft, 04426
Cumberland Northern Light Pharmacy Portland More info PCR 195 Fore River Parkway, Medical Office Building, Suite 170
Portland, 04102
Somerset Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital Pittsfield More info PCR 470 Somerset Avenue
Pittsfield, 04967
Aroostook Northern Maine Medical Center - Fort Kent Fort Kent More info PCR 194 East Main Street 
Fort Kent, 04743
Penobscot Penobscot Community Health Care Bangor More info PCR 1012 Union Street
Bangor, 04401
Penobscot Penobscot Community Health Care Bangor More info PCR Penobscot Pediatrics
6 Telcom Drive
Bangor, 04401
Penobscot Penobscot Community Health Care Bangor More info PCR Adult Wellness Center
1068 Union Street
Bangor, 04401
Penobscot Penobscot Community Health Care Brewer More info PCR Brewer Community Health Center
735 Wilson Street Brewer
Brewer, 04412
Penobscot Penobscot Community Health Care Old Town More info PCR Helen Hunt Health Center
242 Brunswick Street
Old Town, 04468
Waldo Penobscot Community Health Care Belfast More info PCR Seaport Community Health Center
53 Schoodic Drive
Belfast, 04915
Penobscot Penobscot Valley Hospital Lincoln More info
252 Enfield Road
Lincoln, 04457 (207) 794-7185
PCR Penobscot Valley Hospital Medical Arts Building Specialty Clinic
252 Enfield Road
Lincoln, 04457
Somerset Redington-Fairview General Hospital Skowhegan More info PCR 46 Fairview Ave.
Skowhegan, 04976
Androscoggin Walgreens Auburn More info PCR 61 Union Street
Auburn, 04210
Androscoggin Walgreens Auburn More info PCR 608 Minot Avenue
Auburn, 04210
Androscoggin Walgreens Lewiston More info PCR 430 Sabattus Street
Lewiston, 04240
Cumberland Walgreens Naples More info PCR 665 Roosevelt Trl
Naples, 04055
Cumberland Walgreens Portland More info PCR 616 Forest Ave
Portland, 04101
Cumberland Walgreens Yarmouth More info PCR 478 Route 1
Yarmouth, 04096
Franklin Walgreens Farmington More info PCR 317 Main St
Farmington, 04938
Knox Walgreens Rockland More info PCR 28 Park St
Rockland, 04841
Lincoln Walgreens Damariscotta More info PCR 365 Main Street
Damariscotta, 04543
Oxford Walgreens Norway More info PCR 53 Paris St
Norway, 04268
Oxford Walgreens Rumford More info PCR 7 Portland Street
Rumford, 04276
Sagadahoc Walgreens Topsham More info PCR 77 Mallett Drive
Topsham, 04086
Washington Walgreens Calais
More info
PCR 223 North Street
Calais, 04619
York Walgreens Buxton More info PCR 226 Parker Farm Rd
Buxton, 04093
Aroostook Walgreens Madawaska More info Antigen 429 Main St
Madawaska, 04756-1082
Aroostook Walgreens Presque Isle More info Antigen 320 Main St.
Presque Isle, 04769-2809
Cumberland Walgreens Gorham More info Antigen 120 Main St.
Gorham, 04038-1306
Cumberland Walgreens Gray More info Antigen 62 West Gray Road
Gray, 04039
Cumberland Walgreens Naples More info Antigen 665 Roosevelt Trl.
Naples, 04055
Cumberland Walgreens Portland More info Antigen 616 Forest Avenue
Portland, 04103
Cumberland Walgreens Scarborough More info Antigen 233 US Route 1
Scarborough, 04074
Cumberland Walgreens Scarborough More info Antigen 600 U.S. Route 1
Scarborough, 04074
Cumberland Walgreens Westbrook More info Antigen 465 Main St.
Westbrook, 04092
Cumberland Walgreens Windham More info Antigen 741 Roosevelt Trl.
Windham, 04062
Cumberland Walgreens Yarmouth More info Antigen 478 US Route 1
Yarmouth, 04096
Franklin Walgreens Farmington More info Antigen 317 Main St.
Farmington, 04938
Hancock Walgreens Blue Hill More info Antigen 17 South St.
Blue Hill, 04614
Hancock Walgreens Ellsworth More info Antigen 226 High Street
Ellsworth, 04605
Kennebec Walgreens Augusta More info Antigen 403 Water St.
Augusta, 04330
Kennebec Walgreens Augusta More info Antigen 2007 N Belfast Ave
Augusta, 04330
Kennebec Walgreens Gardiner More info Antigen 9 Spring St.
Gardiner, 04345
Kennebec Walgreens Manchester More info Antigen 943 Western Ave.
Manchester, 04351
Kennebec Walgreens Oakland More info Antigen 19 Main St.
Oakland, 04963
Kennebec Walgreens Waterville More info Antigen 210 Main St.
Waterville, 04901
Kennebec Walgreens Winslow More info Antigen 36 China Road
Winslow, 04901
Kennebec Walgreens Winthrop More info Antigen 16 Peck Farm Rd.
Winthrop, 04364
Knox Walgreens Rockland More info Antigen 28 Park St.
Rockland, 04841
Lincoln Walgreens Boothbay Harbor More info Antigen 223 Townsend Ave.
Boothbay Harbor, 04538
Lincoln Walgreens Damariscotta More info Antigen 365 Main St.
Damariscotta, 04543
Oxford Walgreens Bethel More info Antigen 28 Mayville Rd.
Bethel, 04217
Oxford Walgreens Lincoln More info Antigen 2 W. Broadway
Lincoln, 04457
Oxford Walgreens Norway More info Antigen 53 Paris St.
Norway, 04268
Oxford Walgreens Rumford More info Antigen 7 Portland St.
Rumford, 04276
Penobscot Walgreens Bangor More info Antigen 706 Broadway
Bangor, 04401
Penobscot Walgreens Bangor More info Antigen 566 Union Street
Bangor, 04401
Penobscot Walgreens Brewer More info Antigen 437 Wilson St.
Brewer, 04412
Penobscot Walgreens Hampden More info Antigen 65 Western Ave.
Hampden, 04444
Penobscot Walgreens Newport More info Antigen 36 Moosehead Trl.
Newport, 04953
Piscataquis Walgreens Dover-Foxcroft More info Antigen 151 E. Main St.
Dover-Foxcroft, 04426
Piscataquis Walgreens Guilford More info Antigen 3 Hudson Ave., #147
Guilford, 0444
Piscataquis Walgreens Milo More info Antigen Walgreens
Sagadahoc Walgreens Bath More info Antigen 11 State Rd., P.O. Box 1019
Bath, 04530
Sagadahoc Walgreens Topsham More info Antigen 77 Mallett Dr.
Topsham, 04086
Somerset Walgreens Pittsfield More info Antigen 506 Somerset Ave.
Pittsfield, 04967
Somerset Walgreens Skowhegan More info Antigen 225 Madison Ave.
Skowhegan, 04976
Waldo Walgreens Belfast More info Antigen 268 Main St.
Belfast, 04915
Washington Walgreens Calais More info Antigen 223 North Street
Calais, 04619
Washington Walgreens Machias More info PCR, Antigen 144 Dublin St.
Machias, 04654-3409
York Walgreens Biddeford More info Antigen 335 Alfred St.
Biddeford, 04005
York Walgreens Buxton More info Antigen 226 Parker Farm Rd.
Buxton, 04093
York Walgreens Cornish More info Antigen 151 Maple St.
Cornish, 04020
York Walgreens Kennebunk More info Antigen 37 Portland Rd.
Kennebunk, 04043
York Walgreens Kittery More info Antigen 15 Shapleigh Rd.
Kittery, 03904
York Walgreens Old Orchard Beach More info Antigen 15 Saco Ave.
Old Orchard Beach, 04064
York Walgreens Sanford More info Antigen 868 Main Street
Sanford, 04073
York Walgreens Wells More info Antigen 1036 Post Rd.
Wells, 04090
York Walgreens York More info Antigen 400 U.S. Route 1
York, 03909
York Nasson Health Care - York County Community Action Sanford More info PCR 15 Oak Street
Sanford, 04083
Kennebec Walgreens Waterville More info PCR  
York Walgreens Sanford More info PCR  
Penobscot Walgreens Bangor More info PCR  
Hancock Walgreens Ellsworth More info PCR  
Waldo Walgreens Belfast More info PCR  
Penobscot Walgreens Bangor More info PCR  
Penobscot Walgreens Brewer More info PCR  
Sagadahoc Walgreens Bath More info PCR  
York Walgreens Kittery More info PCR  
Cumberland Walgreens Gray More info PCR  
Cumberland Walgreens Scarborough More info PCR  
Cumberland Walgreens Windham More info PCR  
Penobscot Walgreens Hampden More info PCR  
York Walgreens York More info PCR  
Androscoggin Walgreens Livermore Falls More info PCR 81 MAIN ST
York Walgreens Kennebunk More info PCR 37 PORTLAND ROAD
Aroostook Walgreens Fort Fairfield More info PCR 355 MAIN STREET
Cumberland Walgreens Westbrook More info PCR 465 MAIN STREET
Aroostook Walgreens Fort Kent More info PCR 84 E MAIN ST
Piscataquis Walgreens Milo More info PCR 35 PARK STREET
Kennebec Walgreens Gardiner More info PCR 9 SPRING ST
Aroostook Walgreens Madawaska More info PCR 429 MAIN STREET
Kennebec Walgreens Augusta More info PCR 2007 N BELFAST AVE
York Walgreens Wells More info PCR 1036 POST ROAD
Kennebec Walgreens Winslow More info PCR 36 CHINA ROAD
Cumberland Walgreens Gorham More info PCR 120 MAIN STREET
Lincoln Walgreens Boothbay Harbor More info PCR 223 TOWNSEND AVE
Androscoggin Walgreens Lisbon Falls More info PCR 575 LISBON ST