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751 E 36th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503751 E 36th Ave
OpenSat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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4.98(581 reviews)
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751 E 36th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503751 E 36th Ave
OpenSat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Mon12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Tue12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Wed12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Thu 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Fri12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Sat12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Sun12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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4.36(483 reviews)
4126 N Milwaukee Ave, Anchorage, AK 995084126 N Milwaukee Ave
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Great discreet service, scheduled my visit and paid for for the test online not in Showed up at lab, checked in and was seen within minutes. Blood and urine were collected, test results came back quickly within 2 days because I did my test on a Friday. Quick, easy and cheap. Didn't have to wait for a visit to my PCP, and then get referral to lab.

4.24(447 reviews)
3524 Jersey Ridge Rd, Big Lake, AK 996543524 Jersey Ridge Rd
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Excellent customer service. Knowledgeably answered all questions. Appointment and billing were fast. Testing next day was on time and professional. Results available within 24 hours. Highly recommend.

636 Barrow St, Anchorage, AK 99501636 Barrow St
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1200 W Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 995031200 W Northern Lights Blvd
OpenSat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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725 E Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99503725 E Northern Lights Blvd
OpenSat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Mon 8:00 am - 12:00 am
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700 E Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99503700 E Northern Lights Blvd
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3101 A St, Anchorage, AK 995033101 A St
OpenSat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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2900 Seward Hwy, Anchorage, AK 995082900 Seward Hwy
OpenSat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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3710 Woodland Dr, Anchorage, AK 995173710 Woodland Dr
OpenSat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Sun 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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1201 E 36th Ave, Anchorage, AK 995081201 E 36th Ave
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  • Mon 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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  • Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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2211 E Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 995082211 E Northern Lights Blvd
OpenSat 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sat 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • SunClosed
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3.05(37 reviews)
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2211 E Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 995082211 E Northern Lights Blvd
OpenSat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Mon 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thu 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Fri 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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I have been a patient at MPFC for about 15 years. My provider, Dr Gaskill is excellent. She listens to my concerns and answers my questionIs in a way I can understand. I have been impressed with the entire staff from front desk to accounting as well as the "Portal" experience. The quick response, attention to detail and overall customer service keeps me coming back year after year. I would highly recommend MPFC to anyone looking for a new medical clinic and knowledgable team.

5.0(1 reviews)
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3521 Mountain View Dr, Anchorage, AK 995083521 Mountain View Dr
OpenSat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Mon10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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  • Thu10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Fri10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • SunClosed
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2.0(4 reviews)
4100 Lake Otis Pkwy, Anchorage, AK 995084100 Lake Otis Pkwy
OpenSat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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  • Fri 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • SunClosed
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4015 Lake Otis Pkwy, Anchorage, AK 995084015 Lake Otis Pkwy
OpenSat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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4.45(511 reviews)
4015 Lake Otis Pkwy, Anchorage, AK 995084015 Lake Otis Pkwy
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Had an fast and pleasant experience at this location. I was in and out within 10 minutes and the phlebotomist who drew my blood made the process extremely easy and as pain free as possible. Would definitely recommend this location.

4120 Laurel St, Anchorage, AK 995084120 Laurel St
OpenSat 6:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Mon 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
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  • Fri 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat 6:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Sun 6:00 am - 12:00 pm
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4353 Lake Otis Pkwy, Anchorage, AK 995084353 Lake Otis Pkwy
OpenSat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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  • Tue 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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3841 Piper St, Anchorage, AK 995083841 Piper St
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Latest COVID-19 Testing Updates

Oct 31, 2022
A surge in respiratory syncytial virus is putting severe strain on children's hospitals nationwide. Hospitals first began seeing the unseasonable RSV rise in August. Now, many are reporting a case increase of over 300 percent compared to last month. (Becker's)
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COVID-19 Testing FAQs

  • How much does COVID testing cost?

    COVID testing can be free in many circumstances. As part of their response to the epidemic, many Alaska health departments continue to provide free testing to community citizens. In some situations, commercially insured patients, as well as those on Medicare or Medicaid, may be able to get testing for free or for a small office visit fee. COVID tests can cost anything from $50 to $150 each test for cash-paying individuals or those who require speedy answers in under an hour. It's best to call your doctor before getting tested so you can get a better idea of how much the test will cost.

  • Where can I get free COVID testing?

    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which covers testing for people without health insurance, makes COVID testing free nationwide. Check with your local Alaska health department for details since they are usually an excellent source of free COVID tests, or can at least lead you in the proper way. You can also ask your health care practitioner for a recommendation for a free COVID test location.

  • Where can I get COVID testing in Alaska?

    COVID testing is available at many outlets near Alaska including urgent care centers, retail clinics, primary care offices, health departments, and more. Different venues will have different types of tests available, many at different price points. Some testing sites are allowing walk-in patients, however, many are still requiring some degree of advance booking to control patient volume.

  • Where can I get a rapid COVID test in Alaska?

    Rapid testing—both PCR (molecular) and antigen tests—is offered through many Alaska-area urgent care centers and physician offices, usually at an additional cost ranging from $50 up to $150 per test. Usually this will allow you to get results back in under an hour, and require advanced booking through the provider. However, if you can wait 24 hours for your results, many labs are turning around send-out lab tests in that time frame, which could save you some money.

  • How to make an appointment for COVID testing in Alaska?

    Same-day and next day appointments for COVID testing in Alaska are bookable directly through Solv. Simply browse the list of healthcare providers conducting COVID tests above, find one with a “Book Online” button, and book a time that aligns with your schedule stating “COVID-19 Test” as your reason for visit.

  • Can I get tested for antibodies if I am sick with COVID-19?

    An antibody test for COVID-19 might inform you if you previously had a coronavirus infection. Because it can take between 1–3 weeks after an infection for your body to develop these antibodies, an antibody test during an active infection would not be successful. To see if you are currently infected, you need a viral test.

  • Do I need a COVID test if I have been vaccinated?

    Even if you have been fully vaccinated, scientists feel you should be checked if you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, especially if you are suffering cold or flu symptoms that are usually associated with the coronavirus.

  • How long does COVID testing take?

    A COVID test is quick. A nasal swab is used for the majority of tests, and it takes less than a minute to swab both nostrils. This means you might be in and out of the testing center in as little as 10-15 minutes, depending on where you obtain your COVID test. Testing sites may be busier than usual during popular seasons, especially around holidays, and wait times may be higher.

  • How long does it take to get COVID test results?

    Most labs are sending out COVID test results via molecular (PCR) within 24-48 hours of the test. Some sites take longer, so call and ask if the reason for the test is proof for travel. Rapid tests are processed on-site and can provide findings in less than an hour, sometimes as quickly as 15 minutes.

  • Do COVID tests detect the Delta variant and Omicron variant?

    Regular COVID tests are able to detect both the Delta variant and Omicron variant in that they can determine whether or not you have the coronavirus. However, they can't tell which variation is involved. That would necessitate genomic sequencing, which is a different process from regular virus testing that not all labs can undertake. Sequencing is uncommon and can cost up to $100 per test. Since the treatment is the same for any variant, it is not clinically useful to an individual patient to know whether the infection was caused by a variant or not.

Recent COVID-19 Testing Reviews (2)

Brought my son in for a COVID test - what a pleasant surprise! Everyone was so professional and courteous. And after learning about their internet access to doctors, prescriptions, etc., customer service and convenience is taken to a new level. Very impressive!

- Verified patient on 4/21

Never thought a Covid test would be fun.

- Verified patient on 9/22

About COVID Testing

Types of COVID Tests

There are two types of coronavirus tests (COVID-19 tests) available, those that can test for a current infection (viral test) and those that can test for a past infection (antibody test).

Viral COVID testing can be done in a few different ways, the most common being nose swabs, but saliva tests are becoming more popular. Some tests are processed out on-site and can provide results in as little as 30 minutes. These are called rapid COVID tests. The majority of tests, on the other hand, are collected at the clinic on-site and then submitted to off-site labs for processing. Results can take up to 2-3 days to arrive. 

Antibody testing looks for a past infection and may not reveal if you have an active COVID-19 infection because antibodies can take up to three weeks to form in your body. The presence of COVID antibodies may help to prevent you from becoming infected with the same virus again; but, because the clinical understanding of COVID-19 is still developing, it's unclear how long that protection will continue.

Who should get tested for current infection

The CDC currently defines four instances where COVID testing is recommended:

  1. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
  2. If you have been in close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19. Close contact is defined as within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. If you have been vaccinated, or tested positive in the past 3 months and not experiencing symptoms, you do not need to be tested.
  3. If you are unvaccinated and participated in high-risk activities where distancing is not an option. This could include travel, large social or mass gatherings, crowded indoor settings, etc.
  4. If you have been referred to get a COVID test by your healthcare provider or local health department. 

How is testing done for COVID-19?

Most COVID tests are collected by a nasal swab. A member of the medical team puts a swab inside your nose for a few seconds on each side to collect the sample. After that, the samples are packaged according to CDC guidelines and tested on-site or transported to a facility for testing. The lab will test samples for the presence of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which causes COVID infection and either your care provider or the lab will notify you with the results as soon as they are available.

Molecular vs Antigen Tests

Viral COVID tests are available as molecular and antigen tests. The molecular test, also known as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, usually delivers results within a few days since most of these tests are sent to offsite labs for analysis. The average turnaround time for PCR test results is 48 hours, but in some instances may be significantly longer due to backlogs related to insufficient lab volume and capacity. Antigen tests are also known as rapid tests and have an average turnaround time of between 15 to 30 minutes.

Both PCR and rapid COVID tests can be used to test people exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, those who were close contacts to COVID-19, and those without COVID-19 symptoms who live or work in a high-risk setting (such as a nursing facility); or those individuals who are identified as part of outbreak detection and response. The rapid COVID test is also recommended for the screening of residents or healthcare workers at skilled nursing facilities along with a PCR confirmation, and for repeat screening for the early detection and prevention of outbreaks in congregate settings (such as schools, workplaces, and prisons).

COVID testing is available for free under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes testing for those without health insurance. To reduce the risk of facing extra costs related to COVID testing, ask your primary care doctor to recommend a free COVID test site, and confirm there are no charges or fees for the test that are not covered by your insurance plan. Additionally, avoid getting a COVID test at a hospital or free-standing emergency room, as these facilities may charge fees for COVID testing and related services.

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