COVID-19 Surge Testing Sites

After the Public Health Emergency expires on May 11, 2023: The CDC ICATT program will likely continue with a smaller site network that supports testing and disease surveillance needs at non-emergency levels. ICATT will continue to provide no-cost COVID-19 testing for people without health insurance with symptoms related to COVID-19 or who were exposed to someone with COVID-19. A list of ICATT sites can be found on the CDC COVID-19 Testing Locator website.

ICATT works with states, federal partners, and pharmacies. The program provides no-cost to patients, short-term COVID-19 surge testing sites to communities affected by the pandemic. Jurisdictions can leverage the ICATT program to expand short-term community testing in response to COVID-19 outbreaks. States can set up surge testing sites for a three-week period.

Testing methods available at ICATT sites

Jurisdictions may choose one testing method per testing site, either laboratory-based nucleic acid amplification test (NAATs) or point-of-care (POC) tests. It is recommended that jurisdictions select NAAT tests, which are provided by the federal government. The current average time for NAAT test results is less than two days. All results are reported to public health agencies according to state and federal law. Jurisdictions may alternatively choose to use their own POC tests.

How to apply for a surge site

  1. Public Health Departments (PHD) can reach out to the ICATT program, CDC Health Department Liaison Officer, or Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response Regional Emergency Coordinator (ASPR REC) to express interest in a surge testing site(s). Requests are only accepted from state health departments; local health departments should coordinate through their state health department.

  2. Attend an initial introductory meeting with ICATT program (as needed) and complete the provided surge site Request for Information (RFI), in which jurisdictions will need to provide operational details for the surge testing site(s) (e.g., location, hours, tests/day).
  3. Contact your ASPR Regional Emergency Coordinator for assistance in submitting a Request Resource Form (RRF). Send confirmation of submitted RRF to the ICATT Program at

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