How do I get a COVID test?

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or known exposure, you should get tested regardless of vaccination status. Learn more about how to get tested.

Please note: To best serve our patients, our Emergency Department is no longer providing COVID-19 testing for patients unless a patient has significant symptoms of COVID-19, like shortness of breath, and hospital admission is anticipated.

Select the option that best describes your situation:

Select the option that best describes your situation:

Where do I go to have the test?

You must schedule an appointment to get tested. To schedule, log in to MyChart or call 614-293-4000. 

COVID-19 testing occurs at your Ohio State primary care provider's office or one of our Immediate Care locations. Testing is also available through a variety of sites in the community listed on the Ohio Dept. of Health website.

Ohio State faculty, staff and student testing sites (surveillance testing only)

  • Biomedical Research Tower, 460 W. 12th Ave., Ste. 105
  • Jesse Owens North, 2151 Neil Ave.

What happens at the testing site?

Patients will be tested regardless of their ability to pay. We will ask for and bill the patient’s insurance as required by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. At the testing site, patients will have a nasal or throat swab test for COVID-19. Results will take up to 3 days. The most efficient way to receive your results is through a MyChart account, as results are available in this online portal as soon as they’re finalized. If you’re not a MyChart user, you’ll receive an email invitation to sign up after your test order is placed, or you can join online at any time. Patients without MyChart will be called with positive results.

If you’ve had a positive test:

You must stay home for 5 days for isolation and take precautions until day 10 and be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medications and with improvement of symptoms. If asymptomatic, isolation starts the date of your positive test. Follow your local health department or public health organization’s guidance.

You only need to be retested in the following 90 days if your employment requires testing, or if you’re directed by a health care provider or public health to do so. Many people who test positive will continue receiving positive test results for at least 3-4 weeks.