Covid-19: Negative Results

What's next?

If you test negative for COVID-19, you probably were not infected at the time your sample was collected. This does not mean you will not get sick:

  • A negative test result only means that you did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing or that your sample was collected too early in your infection.

  • You could also be exposed to COVID-19 after the test and then get infected and spread the virus to others.

  • If you have symptoms later, you may need another test to determine if you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.


CDC Guidance:

When to Quarantine

Caring for Someone Sick at Home

Parents or Caregivers Who Are Sick

Arkansas Department of Health Guidance:

Guidance for Self Home Quarantine


*Arkansas Department of Health - December 4, 2020

Individuals with probable or confirmed positive contact but NO SYMPTOMS are suggested to quarantine at home for 7 to 14 days.

Following their employer/school's guidelines, individuals exhibiting NO SYMPTOMS may return to work/school after 7 days of quarantine with a negative test or after 10 days of quarantine with no testing if no symptoms begin.