Drive-in and walk-up COVID-19 testing available by appointment only for the general public. COVID-19 antibody testing available in clinics for established patients.
Molecular & Rapid Testing for COVID-19
The molecular and rapid tests are to determine if you currently have COVID-19.
We want you to be able to trust your test results, so we will offer you the test that will be the most accurate for your situation.
- Rapid Testing (same-day results) is most accurate for people WITH symptoms of COVID-19.
- Molecular Testing (multiple-day wait for results) is most accurate for people WITHOUT symptoms of COVID-19.
Testing is available to the general public as well as current Equitas Health patients.
Please follow these procedures for testing:
1. Schedule a Pre-Testing Phone Call with a Nurse:
Call one of our testing locations to schedule your pre-test phone screening. Our nurses conduct phone screens from 9 AM to 1 PM on the following days:
- Cincinnati Medical Center | (513) 815-4475 | Tuesdays & Thursdays
- Columbus – King-Lincoln Medical Center | (614) 340-6700 | Monday – Friday
- Dayton Medical Center | (937) 853-3650 | Mondays & Wednesdays
The nurse will schedule you for a testing time the same day.
2. Sign your Consent and Voicemail Waiver Forms Online:
3. Attend Testing Appointment at Scheduled Time
Arrive at your Equitas Health Medical Center parking lot and look for the Equitas Health signs to find the testing location. Testing staff will assist you.
- Cincinnati Medical Center | 2805 Gilbert Ave. | Tuesdays & Thursdays
- Columbus – King-Lincoln Medical Center | 750 E. Long St. | Monday – Friday
- Dayton Medical Center | 1222 S. Patterson Blvd. | Mondays & Wednesdays
Testing appointments are between 11 AM and 3 PM.
4. Get Your Results
Expect rapid test results on the same day as your test. Molecular test results typically take 5-7 days. We will report your results through MyChart and/or phone call.
COVID-19 Antibody Testing
We offer COVID-19 antibody testing for current Equitas Health patients. People who are not currently Equitas Health patients will need to schedule a new patient visit prior to testing.
The antibody test determines if you had COVID-19 in the past.
Please follow these procedures for testing:
1. Call Your Equitas Health Medical Center
Our staff will ensure you meet testing guidelines and schedule you for an in-person lab visit.
- Cincinnati Medical Center | (513) 815-4475
- Columbus – King-Lincoln Medical Center | (614) 340-6700
- Columbus – Short North Medical Center | (614) 340-6777
- Dayton Medical Center | (937) 853-3650
2. Get Tested
Come to your Equitas Health Medical Center for your scheduled blood draw. This test will happen inside the Medical Center.
- Cincinnati Medical Center | 2805 Gilbert Ave.
- Columbus – King-Lincoln Medical Center | 750 E. Long St.
- Columbus – Short North Medical Center | 1033 N. High St.
- Dayton Medical Center | 1222 S. Patterson Blvd.
3. Get Your Results
We expect to have results in 5-7 days. We will report your results through MyChart and/or phone call.
Frequently Ask Questions
How much does testing cost?
With or without insurance your COVID-19 test (viral or antibody) will not cost you anything.
If you have insurance: Federal law requires insurance companies to cover the cost of your COVID-19 test.
If you do not have insurance: State and local health departments will cover the cost of testing.
How do I know if I should get a COVID-19 test?
The rapid test is to find out if you currently have COVID-19.
If you have any of the symptoms for COVID-19, getting tested can help:
- You and your provider learn how to interpret and respond to your symptoms.
- You and those you live with prevent transmissions.
- Public health workers track the spread of the virus and learn about how it gets transmitted.
You do not need to have symptoms to get a test. Some people with COVID-19 do not have the most common symptoms. You may want to get a molecular test if:
- Someone in your home has health conditions that put them at risk for severe COVID-19 symptoms.
- Your work requires you to be in close contact with other people.
- You are a caretaker.
- You have known exposure to COVID-19.
- You have recently traveled or are planning to travel.
How is the viral COVID-19 test administered?
We use a nasal swab test. Our testing staff will instruct you how to administer the test when you meet them on site.
What is a COVID-19 antibody test?
The antibody test checks for antibodies in your blood to find out if you had COVID-19 in the past. Antibodies are the way the body defends itself from specific diseases. If you have antibodies for a specific disease in your blood, that means you have been exposed to that disease and successfully fought it off. It can also mean that your body is now safe from that disease. In the case of COVID-19, scientists have not yet determined if having the antibodies means you are immune to the disease. Determining whether or not you had COVID-19 can help public health workers track the spread of the virus and how it gets transmitted.
How is the COVID-19 antibody test administered?
The antibody test requires a blood sample. You will come into one of our medical centers to get your blood drawn.
If I have the COVID-19 antibodies, can I skip the vaccine?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says vaccination should be offered to everyone regardless of whether they had a prior infection. We are still learning how long immunity to the coronavirus lasts, after an infection or a vaccination. Typically, an infection causes better immunity than a vaccine, but not always — the vaccines for tetanus and human papillomavirus, for example, offer better protection than recovering from a natural infection.
What do I need to bring?
Please bring: your insurance card (if you have insurance) and a form of identification.
Please wear: a mask. If you do not have a mask, we will give you one when you arrive.
This services is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $231,512 funded by HRSA/HHS. The contents of this page are written by Equitas Health and do not necessarily represent an endorsement by HRSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.