How do I get a COVID test?

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or known exposure, tests are scheduled by a health care provider. Learn more about when you should get tested.
Select the option that best describes your situation:

Select the option that best describes your situation:

Should I get a test for COVID-19?

  • If you’re experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested even if you’re fully vaccinated
  • If you don’t have symptoms of COVID-19, but you have known or suspected exposure to COVID-19, you should get tested and quarantine pending your test results. The CDC recommends testing 3-5 days after your last exposure. Check your local health department’s website for more information about testing options to possibly shorten this quarantine period. 
  • If your health care provider has recommended a test, you should get tested and stay in touch with your doctor regarding follow-up

If you’ve had a positive test:

  • You must stay home for 10 days after the onset of symptoms 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

Where do I go to have the test?

During scheduling, you’ll have the option to choose a site that has availability based on your situation. If you arrive at a testing site without being registered in advance, you’ll be directed to schedule an appointment online or by phone.

Testing is also available through a variety of sites in the community. A list of these options can be found on the Ohio Dept. of Health website.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you can also test yourself using at-home antigen testing kits.

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.