The Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services (DPHCS) is providing COVID-19 testing through weekly testing clinics every Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm at the Elm Street Parking Garage (14 Elm Street, Nashua). Testing is quick, comfortable, and free. To schedule an appointment, complete the following form or call the Nashua COVID-19 Hotline at 603-589-3456. This is primarily a drive-thru clinic, but individuals can also access the clinic by walking in. Unregistered walk-ins will not be accepted after 4:30pm. Results are returned by phone 48 to 72 hours after testing.
We recommend individuals get tested if they have been:
- Exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19 (within six feet for 10 minutes or more, regardless of mask use),
- Experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, and/or
- Referred to get tested by their healthcare provider or the health department.
Before scheduling a testing appointment, please note:
- Preference is given to those who are uninsured or essential workers.
- We are only offering nasal swab PCR testing at this time.
- Pre-travel COVID-19 screenings are not offered at this clinic.
- Repeat COVID-19 testing for positive tests is not performed. Please call 603-589-3456 if your employer is requiring a negative COVID-19 test after testing positive.
Clinic Cancellation Policy
For the health and safety of both staff and community, the Nashua DPHCS COVID-19 Testing Clinics will be cancelled or suspended if strong winds, heavy rain, lightening, thunder, or other extreme weather is forecast during the time of scheduled clinics. Our staff will make every attempt to notify those with appointments and those who want to attend clinics of the cancellations. Information about the cancellation or suspension of testing clinics and upcoming scheduled clinics will also be posted on our social media accounts and here on our website. If you have any questions, please call the Nashua COVID-19 Hotline at 603-589-3456, available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Additional Testing Sites
Southern New Hampshire Medical Center
- Location: Southern New Hampshire Medical Center West Campus (29 Northwest Blvd., Nashua)
- To schedule an appointment, call 603-577-CARE (2273), Option 1
St. Joseph Hospital
- Location: Milford Medical Center (442 Nashua Street, Milford)
- Hours: Daily from 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
- To schedule an appointment, call 603-884-4454
Lamprey Health Care
- Location: 22 Prospect Street, Nashua
- To schedule an appointment, call (603) 883-1626
About COVID-19 Testing
COVID-19 testing is critical to measure the spread of this disease within our community and assist our regional response efforts. When we are able to identify positive cases, Public Health Nurses are able to track contacts of positive cases and place individuals into isolation and quarantine, as well as provide education. When more people stay home and are away from others, even if asymptomatic, they can help decrease the spread of COVID-19 throughout our community.
Types of Testing
The different types of tests serve different purposes and have different limitations. Knowing the facts about these tests is essential to making decisions that are best for our public’s health.
- Viral Testing: A viral test tells you if you have a current infection using an oral or nasal swab or saliva test.
- Rapid Antigen Testing: Click here to access a list of locations in NH offering rapid antigen testing.
- Antibody Testing: An antibody test tells you if you had a previous infection using a blood test. If you or someone you know is interested in receiving an antibody test, please view the available options below.
- ClearChoiceMD: (603) 667-9075
- ExpressMD: (603) 625-2622
- Quest Diagnostics (300 Main St Suite 301B, Nashua, NH 03060): (603) 578-0323
Whether you test positive or negative for COVID-19, no matter the type of test, please continue to take preventive measures to protect yourself and others.
If you test positive for COVID-19 by a viral test:
Know what protective steps to take if you are sick or caring for someone. If you receive a positive test result, you either:
- Currently have COVID-19, with or without symptoms. You will be notified by a public health professional who will give you guidance on isolation and quarantine for you and your family members. They will also discuss the daily monitoring process to keep you, your family, and our community safe.
You have been positive for COVID-19 in the past, completed isolation, and are retesting. The test may come back positive. If you have had COVID-19 previously and have been isolated at least 10 days, without fever for three days, and have had improvement of respiratory symptoms, CDC guidance states that you are no longer contagious (able to spread the virus to someone else).
If you test negative for COVID-19 by a viral test:
You did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing. This result does not mean that you are immune from COVID-19 in the future. Please practice protective measures to reduce your risk.
Nashua Testing Data
To learn more about the data collected from our Nashua COVID-19 testing clinics, visit the Greater Nashua Data Dashboard hosted on LiveStories.