How do I get a COVID test?

If you have symptoms, tests are scheduled by a health care provider. If you don't have symptoms or known exposure, MyChart is an easy, and the best way, to schedule your voluntary COVID-19 test anytime.

I have COVID-19 symptoms or known exposure.

Contact your provider. If you don't have an Ohio State provider, call 614-293-4000.

Contact my Ohio State provider

I do not have COVID-19 symptoms or known exposure.

Schedule an appointment for voluntary testing using MyChart.

Schedule with MyChart now

I am an Ohio State student.

Follow University procedures for students.

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Should I get a test for COVID-19?

  • If you're experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, even if you're fully vaccinated, you should get tested.
  • If you don't have symptoms of COVID-19, but you're unvaccinated and have known or suspected exposure to COVID-19, you should get tested and quarantine pending your test results.
    • If you test positive, you must stay home for 10 days after the onset of symptoms and fever-free, without the use of medication, for 24 hours.
    • Fully vaccinated people do not need to be tested following an exposure to someone with COVID-19 unless they're experiencing symptoms.
  • 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 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. The CDC recommends testing again 5-7 days after your last exposure for unvaccinated and asymptomatic people with known or suspected exposure and a negative first COVID-19 test.


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 will 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 at


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 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.