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COVID-19 testing FAQ: What you need to know

Dr. William C. Gehrhardt, medical director at Northwell

Dr. William C. Gehrhardt, medical director at Northwell Heath's Dolan Family Health Center, administers a COVID-19 test in Greenlawn on Tuesday. Credit: Barry Sloan

COVID-19 rates have surged across the state in recent months largely through small indoor gatherings, according to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and local health leaders.

Long Island's positivity rates reached 9.1% Saturday, a figure that grew steadily throughout the holiday season. The increases have prompted local officials to bolster testing capacity, particularly in hard-hit areas where the virus has clustered.

Here are some critical questions and answers on getting tested for COVID-19 on Long Island:

Where can I get tested on Long Island?

What sort of tests are available?

Where can I get rapid tests?

When should I get tested?

How accurate are rapid tests compared with other diagnostic tests?

Should I get tested before I travel?

What do the different types of tests cost?

How do I get the results?