Our medical centers offer rapid and molecular COVID-19 testing by appointment for the general public.
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 (results in 1-3 days) 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 to 11 AM 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.
For Mobile Outreach Vehicle testing, follow @EquitasHealthPrevention for testing locations and scheduling information.
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 1 PM.
4. Get Your Results
Expect rapid test results on the same day as your test. Molecular test results typically take 1-3 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 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 service 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.