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Coronavirus testing at GGD Amsterdam

29 oktober 2020

Are you experiencing mild symptoms consistent with those associated with the coronavirus? You can get tested free of charge GGD Amsterdam (Public Health Service of Amsterdam).

Make an appointment for a coronavirus test

  • Call 0800-1202 – the helpline is open between 08.00 and 20:00 every day.
  • Or make an appointment online at coronatest.nl (with your DigiD).

As of 1 June 2020, anyone with mild symptoms can be tested for coronavirus. Mild symptoms can include a head cold, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough or fever. Sudden loss of smell or taste can also be a symptom of COVID-19 (the disease caused by coronavirus).

Why is testing important?

The test will detect if you are currently infected with coronavirus. This provides you certainty about your condition and how to behave to prevent further spread of the virus. The relaxation of lockdown measures in the Netherlands means that rapid testing and contact tracing is essential to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Stay home!

Please stay at home until your test appointment. And again after your test, until you receive your test result. Avoid seeing other people and maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from members of your household and family. Wash your hands often and cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow. Contact your GP if your symptoms get worse.

This is how the coronavirus test works:

Make an appointment

  • Call 0800-1202 to make an appointment for the test. Have your citizen service number (BSN) ready if you have one, as this will be needed to make the appointment.
  • Or make an appointment online at www.rijksoverheid.coronatest.nl
  • On the telephone, you will first hear brief instructions, after which you will speak to a GGD employee. Please note, this person is not a doctor. If you have any specific health questions about coronavirus, please call 0800-1351.
  • Give the staff member your name, address, telephone number, email address and citizen service number. They will then schedule an appointment for you.
  • Please let the GGD staff member know during the call if you are unable to get to the testing station by car, bicycle or on foot.
  • You will receive a confirmation of your appointment by SMS or email.

Making an appointment if you have a hearing or speech impediment

As well as the option to make an online appointment at coronatest.nl, if you have a hearing or speech impediment you can make an appointment with GGD Amsterdam by email. To do so, send an email to coronazorg@ggd.amsterdam.nlindicating what your symptoms are and how long you have had them. You will receive a response as soon as possible.

You can also call using KPN Teletolk, the telephone mediation service.

Preparing for your appointment

  • You will receive instructions and directions to the testing station to which you have been assigned. This will be by SMS or email.
  • Bring proof of identity: your passport, national identity card or driving licence.
  • Come on foot, by bicycle, or by car or taxi. Wear a face mask if you are in a car with someone else.
  • If you are unable to visit the testing station, please indicate this when making the appointment.
  • Do NOT use public transport (bus, train, tram, metro) to go to your appointment.

What the test involves

  • The coronavirus test takes about 10 minutes.
  • The GGD staff member taking the test will place a cotton swab into your nose and throat. This only takes a few seconds but it may be uncomfortable.
  • The swab will be sent to the laboratory, where they will determine if you have COVID-19.
  • The test is free of charge.
  • Go straight home after the test and stay home until you receive your test result.

While you wait for your test result

  • Your test result will take up to 48 hours. You will be notified by phone, even at the weekend, so please ensure that you can be reached on your telephone number.
  • If you made your appointment online at coronatest.nl you receive an sms and an email to alert you that your test result is available online.
  • You can start making a list of people you had contact with starting two days before your symptoms began until the moment you went into self-isolation. Make a note of their names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers. Divide your contacts into three groups:
  1. Your household members: these are the people living in the same house and with whom you did not practice social distancing.
  2. Close contacts: these are people outside your household with whom you had face-to-face contact for more than 15 minutes at a distance of less than 1.5 metres. This could be your pedicurist or hairdresser, for instance. Please note: also include the people with whom your contact time was shorter but higher risk. For example, someone you kissed or someone who was near you when you coughed.
  3. Other contacts: these are the people with whom you had contact for more than 15 minutes at a distance of at least 1.5 metres. People at work, in a classroom or at the gym, for instance.

What if your test result is negative?

  • Negative means that you are NOT infected with coronavirus at the time of the test. You no longer need to stay home. Of course, you should still take care of your health and the symptoms that prompted you to request a test. Continue to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from other people not in your household.
  • If you made your appointment online at coronatest.nl you will receive an SMS and an email to alert you that your test result is available online.
  • Continue to wash your hands often and cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
  • If your symptoms persist or if you develop new symptoms, contact the national contact centre on 0800-1202 to book a new test appointment. If your symptoms get worse, contact your GP by phone immediately.
  • If you have been reached as part of a contact tracing scheme, you must adhere to the measures discussed with you by GGD Amsterdam.

What if your test result is positive?

  • A positive result means that at the time of the test you ARE unfortunately infected with coronavirus. GGD Amsterdam will inform you what will happen next. You must go into quarantine: stay at home and maintain distance from your household members.
  • The list of your contacts is very important. If you test positive for coronavirus, you must share your list of contacts with GGD Amsterdam. They will then approach your contacts and explain the precautions they must take. By working together, we will bring coronavirus under control!

Additional information

If you have any questions about the coronavirus test, call the Dutch public information number: 0800-1351.

Government: Leaflet: Information on coronavirus test results
Government: Factsheet: How does contact tracing work?