Should I get a test for COVID-19?

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you should call your doctor to determine if a test should be ordered. Some of the symptoms include fever, dry cough and shortness of breath.

If you've been exposed to COVID-19 and do not have symptoms, please quarantine for 14 days. Your doctor may recommend a test in advance of a procedure or surgery.

How do I get a COVID-19 test?

You do not need a physician referral, but you do need to have an order placed before traveling to a testing site. Patients will be tested regardless of their ability to pay.

Ohio State testing options:

If you have an Ohio State provider, please contact that office directly to assess symptoms or order a test.

If you don't have a primary care doctor or other Ohio State provider, contact us at one of the numbers below to be assessed for the need for a COVID-19 test:

If you don't have COVID-19 symptoms and are not considered high-risk for complications, you'll be referred to a community testing site.

Once an order is placed, you will be directed to one of our testing locations.

I'm a student, how do I get tested?

Ohio State students should follow testing protocols issued by the University.

For Students: Safe and Healthy Buckeyes

Community testing options:

Testing is also available through a variety of sites in the community. A list of sites can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov

If you have other questions about testing, please contact the Ohio Dept. of Health Hotline: 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5623)

I was tested once, do I need to get tested again?

If you've had a positive test, you only need to be retested if your employment requires it or you're being cleared for a surgery or procedure. 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?

If you arrive at a testing site without being registered in advance, you will be directed out of the waiting line. After being scheduled for a test, you may choose one of our testing locations at Ohio State Fairgrounds Testing Center or Columbus Public Health.  

What happens at the testing site?

At the testing site, registered patients will have a nasal swab collected 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 are 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.  


Ohio State Fairgrounds Testing Center

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Ohio State Fairgrounds Testing Center
717 East 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211
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Driving Directions

From the North

Sandusky, Delaware and Cleveland
Take any major highway to Interstate 71 S
Take Interstate 71 S to E 17th Avenue
Take exit 111 for E 17th Avenue
Turn right onto E 17th Avenue
Use the far left lane and follow Ohio State Wexner Medical Center signs to registration.

From the South

Circleville, Chillicothe and Cincinnati
Take any major highway to Interstate 71 N
Take Interstate 71 N to E 17th Avenue
Take exit 111 for E 17th Avenue
Turn left onto E 17th Avenue
Use the far left lane and follow Ohio State Wexner Medical Center signs to registration.

From the East

Newark, Zanesville and Pittsburgh
Take any major highway to Interstate 70 W
Take the second from the right lane for Interstate 71 N toward Cleveland
Continue onto Interstate 71 N
Take exit 111 for E 17th Avenue
Turn left onto E 17th Avenue
Use the far left lane and follow Ohio State Wexner Medical Center signs to registration.

From the West

Springfield, Dayton and Indianapolis
Take any major highway to Interstate 70 E
Take Interstate 70 E to Interstate 670 E
Take exit 5A-5B for Interstate 71 N
Take exit 111 for E 17th Avenue
Turn left onto E 17th Avenue
Use the far left lane and follow Ohio State Wexner Medical Center signs to registration.

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