Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care COVID-19 Testing

We offer COVID-19 testing at all our Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Centers in New York City 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

There are three types of NAAT COVID-19 tests available. The standard PCR COVID-19 test has a 2-3 day turnaround and is available at all centers. We also offer a rapid molecular COVID-19 test with results in approximately 15 minutes at all centers. Some of our centers also offer a rapid PCR test with results in about 45 minutes.

Our goal is to make it simple and easy to get the COVID-19 testing you need anywhere in the greater New York City area.  

When to Get Tested for COVID-19

There are many situations when you might want to get tested for COVID-19 even if you are fully vaccinated. If you are experiencing symptoms, you should get tested at one of our convenient centers. Common symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Body aches
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Vomiting & Diarrhea

Symptoms usually appear 2-14 days after exposure to a COVID-positive person. Even if you are not experiencing any symptoms, if you are not vaccinated, you should consider getting tested any time you have had known exposure to someone with COVID-19. 

There are other situations that might require a test. These include:

  • Returning to work
  • Travel, especially international
  • School or camp requirements

COVID-19 Testing for Travel

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, getting tested for COVID-19 before you head  off can be simple. Depending on your destination, a negative COVID-19 test result (within 72 hours of your travels) may be required to avoid any complications or quarantines. We want you to have peace of mind on your next trip. 

Whether you need a PCR test or are looking for same-day COVID-19 testing results near you, Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care offers convenient evaluation options to fit your schedule, with extended hours 7 days a week. 

Learn more about Travel Testing.

Virtual COVID-19 Evaluation in New York

If you prefer, you can schedule a Virtual Visit with one of our providers in New York to begin your evaluation and determine if you need a COVID test. After a Virtual Visit evaluation, you will be scheduled for a visit at a specific Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care center in the New York City area. If a rapid molecular COVID-19 test is done, in 15-50 minutes of being tested, you will know if you are negative and will be given direction as to the recommended next steps in care.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get a Rapid PCR Test in New York?

We offer Rapid PCR tests at many of our New York area locations. The Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Centers offering this type of test include: 

  • Forest Hills
  • Lynbrook
  • Levittown
  • Bridgehampton
  • Williamsburg
  • Hewlett
  • W 69th St
  • Dongan Hills
  • Tarrytown
  • Elwood

Just walk in or save your spot online for Rapid PCR testing at any of these convenient locations.

Is COVID-19 testing free?

Patient responsibility, or your out-of-pocket cost, for urgent care COVID-19 testing is based on your specific insurance coverage and plan. We are in-network with most major insurance providers. 

Please contact your insurance carrier for details about your specific plan, including copays and other associated fees for COVID-19 testing. It is best to do this before you visit to be sure of the cost to you. For patients without insurance, we have same-day payment rates available as well.

Can I receive a COVID-19 test for travel clearance?

Yes, we offer COVID-19 testing for upcoming travel. Many destinations require a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure. A rapid COVID-19 test is perfect before traveling, giving you results in 15-50 minutes, depending on the type of test you receive. Do keep in mind that some destinations may require a PCR test, which we also offer at all centers. Patients are responsible for understanding the testing requirements at their destination.

Please note that patients with COVID-19 symptoms and/or a COVID-19 exposure in the past 14 days will not be cleared for travel, as they don't meet travel testing requirements. Testing is still available for diagnosis.

Should I go to the ER if I have COVID-19 symptoms?

If your symptoms are severe (trouble breathing, chest pain, fainting, uncontrollable pain) or you feel like you need to be hospitalized, you should seek emergency care right away. 

If your symptoms are mild to moderate, we may be able to help you recover at any Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care centers. Save your spot online or schedule a Virtual Visit with one of our knowledgeable providers.

Can I get tested multiple time for COVID-19?

If you have received a positive COVID-19 test result previously, you must wait until the required isolation period is complete before you can be tested again. A follow up test prior to the end of your isolation period is not recommended by the CDC and will not provide early clearance.

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

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 both are nucleic acid amplification tests (“NAAT”) , 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 the genetic targets.This is the gold standard method of amplifying genetic code, but typically takes longer than other tests. 

In contrast, isothermal molecular amplification tests (“IMAT”), 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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