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COVID-19 Testing

CRH processes orders from providers for COVID-19 testing and also serves as a Swab and Send site of the State of Maine . To meet the courier schedule and ensure your swab is delivered to the lab in Bangor or Augusta in the most timely manner, we ask patients to arrive at the COVID-19 testing area between the hours of 8-10 a.m. Monday through Friday.

CRH is pleased to be able to offer some access to the more broad and open testing requirements provided by the DHHS Standing Order.  A team of staff has spent many hours developing a process and set up to bring this opportunity to our community members.   Access to the open testing is subject to the Standing Order remaining active and availability of supplies via hospital vendors and the CDC. 

The Standing Order by Maine DHHS provides for lab testing without an assessment or direct order from a health care provider.   It helps people who believe they have been exposed or have an elevated risk of exposure to COVID-19 and who do not have a primary health care provider, cannot discuss this exposure in a timely way with their health care provider, or are visiting Maine or coming back to Maine from another state, for example.  Individuals continue to be encouraged to contact their health care provider to discuss their need for a COVID-19 test, especially if they have symptoms, and get an order for the test from their provider when indicated.   More info on the Standing Orders criteria can be found within a FAQ link at www.maine.gov/dhhs/oms/COVID-19.shtml.

Where and when is this testing?

  • Where: CRH building at 18 Palmer St, Calais. Follow signs to check in with the attendant in the parking lot across the street from the building.
  • When: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday to Friday

What do I need to bring?

  • The testing site moved to a Walk Through format as of November 30. There is an alternative testing option for participants that are unable to walk/remain standing for approximately 10-15 minutes. Please notify the parking lot attendant at check-in if you have an issue.
  • Each individual should have their own mask to wear throughout the process.
  • As there is no way to predict the number of participants, you should come prepared to possibly wait and no restrooms will be available.
  • Bring water, snacks and other items to be comfortable while waiting.

How much will this cost?

The State of Maine is currently covering the full costs of lab testing for any COVID-19 lab test that is done at the State CDC lab.

How long will it take to hear my results?

CRH Laboratory staff will contact you with your results within one business day of receiving them from the CDC Lab.  Depending on volume, this would typically be at least 3-5 days but could be more. Results timing is dependent on the CDC Lab’s process and speed.  While waiting for results, people should stay at home and quarantine.   Click here to view the FAQ on qualifying for testing via the Maine DHHS Standing Order.