How It Works

1. Schedule a Virtual or In-Center Evaluation with a Provider

If clinically appropriate, your provider will order your COVID-19 test and complete it in-center.

2. Follow Instructions from Your Provider to Receive the Rapid Test

The rapid test is completed by a nasal swab and evaluated in our on-site lab.

3. Receive your results in approximately 15 minutes

If your test results are positive, your provider will discuss next steps for care.

COVID-19 Testing for Travel

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure - it's now easier to get tested for COVID-19 prior to travel. Depending on your destination, a negative COVID-19 test result (within 72 hours of your travels) may be required to avoid a mandatory quarantine period.

At Mercy-GoHealth Urgent Care we offer both PCR and Rapid COVID-19 testing - with convenient evaluation options to fit your schedule. You have the choice to walk-in, save your spot online at a nearby center for an evaluation and test or schedule a virtual clinical evaluation and then go to a local center for a quick in-person test.

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How Does a Virtual COVID-19 Evaluation Work?

Patients who qualify for the rapid COVID-19 test after a Virtual Visit evaluation with a provider will be provided with a testing appointment at a specific Mercy-GoHealth Urgent Care center. Within minutes of being tested, you will know if you are positive for COVID-19 and will be given direction as to the next steps in care.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I walk in for the test?

Walk in visits are accepted at all centers. However, we recommend you schedule a Virtual Visit or save your spot online to be evaluated by a provider for testing at a nearby center. 

How long do I have to wait for test results if I do get tested?

Rapid diagnostic test results will be available within approximately 15 minutes. PCR Test results are typically available within 2-3 days on the Patient Portal.

Can I get tested multiple time for COVID-19?

If you have received a postive COVID-19 test result previously, we recommend you wait for at least 14 days from the date of your last test before getting tested again.

If your past COVID-19 test result was negative, you may schedule another clinical evaluation and test at any of our centers or use our Virtual Visit service.

Is COVID-19 testing free?

Patient responsibility, or your out-of-pocket cost, for COVID-19 testing is based on your specific insurance coverage and plan. Please contact your insurance carrier for details about your plan details and coverage, including copays, before you visit to understand your financial responsibility. For patients without insurance, we have same-day self-pay rates available upon request.

What is the difference between the PCR and Rapid COVID-19 (Abbott ID NOW) Test?

Both the PCR and the rapid Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 tests can detect SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19, by amplifying the genetic code at a higher sensitivity than antigen tests. Although they are both NAAT tests, the difference between PCR and Abbott ID NOW is how the amplification is achieved. PCR is a technology that uses temperature cycling to create high fidelity copies of genetic code. This is the gold standard method of amplifying genetic code, but the need to raise and lower the temperature repeatedly takes time. In contrast, isothermal molecular amplification tests, such as Abbott's ID NOW, can accomplish a similar outcome at a single temperature. Without the need to wait for temperature changes, this method runs slightly faster.

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