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372 W Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA 19087372 W Lancaster Ave
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4.7(4k reviews)
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251 N Broadway, Pennsville Township, NJ 08070251 N Broadway
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Everyone was very kind. This is important since I didn’t feel well and get anxious going to a doctor. I will spread the word.
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4.94(443 reviews)
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3070 McCann Farm Dr, Garnet Valley, PA 190603070 McCann Farm Dr
OpenThu 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Very efficient, communication was great! Service was great as well!
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4.56(1.3k reviews)
5024 Pennell Rd, Aston, PA 190145024 Pennell Rd
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Claire was prompt, professional,efficient and kind.
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4.71(1.6k reviews)
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115 W Eagle Rd, Havertown, PA 19083115 W Eagle Rd
OpenThu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Excellent. Had tried to see a doctor virtually through my insurance and waited 45 minutes and resulted in not being seen at all. Here, the provider was logged in within minutes of my appointment, was kind and concise, and came up with a treatment plan for all aspects of my sickness. This gave me so much relief, it was so easy and inexpensive while I was unable to leave the house.

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4.74(5.6k reviews)
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875 Mantua Pike, Woodbury, NJ 08096875 Mantua Pike
OpenThu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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The staff was absolutely excellent!!!! The wait was very short, less than 10 minutes! The tech that did me EKG was so patient as she had to try 3 times because I had baby oil on my skin and the tabs wouldn’t stick. She was very sweet and professional. Dr. Harris was so thorough in his check up. I wish I could use him as my PCP. It was a very pleasant and satisfying experience. I will definitely refer them to everyone and go there again!!! There was no cost and I was expecting a co pay of some sort. Check in was very convenient. Dr. Harris’s bedside manner was very friendly and pleasant. He’s a very nice person.
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4.63(1.7k reviews)
6232 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 191396232 Market St
OpenThu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Everyone was very helpful and professional. Great service
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5.0(2 reviews)
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4918 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 191434918 Baltimore Ave
OpenThu 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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  • Sat10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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I've gotten a covid test here multiple time and it is always the quickest and easiest place I've gotten one. All paperwork is done beforehand and the test itself is easy.
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372 W Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA 19087372 W Lancaster Ave
OpenThu 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
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5.0(5 reviews)
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372 W Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA 19087372 W Lancaster Ave
OpenThu 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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IM Health UC has wonderful doctors and medical assistants, and even more wonderful front desk workers! Great care all around!
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4.83(6.5k reviews)
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114 Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003 114 Lancaster Ave
OpenThu 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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There was no signage near the street so almost could not find the location. Then, they were requiring masks when were standing outside.
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1700 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 191031700 Market St
OpenThu 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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4.84(2.5k reviews)
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363 W Browning Rd, Bellmawr, NJ 08031363 W Browning Rd
OpenThu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Excellent staff with a positive attitude. Very easy to work with.
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4.63(5k reviews)
165 S Black Horse Pike, Runnemede, NJ 08078165 S Black Horse Pike
OpenThu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Very disappointed. Why make appointment and still have an hour wait?????? SMH 🤦‍♀️ I asked why& they told me that my appointment was as a reservation! OK…….Why do I have to wait an hour when you said you were on schedule?????? Next time I’ll just walk in!!!! Otherwise, no complaints.
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4.81(6.3k reviews)
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2 S Black Horse Pike, Mount Ephraim, NJ 080592 S Black Horse Pike
OpenThu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Everyone was polite welcoming and friendly. In and out in less than 45 minutes. I would recommend to anyone needing medical attention.
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4.7(105 reviews)
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107 Town Center Rd, King Of Prussia, PA 19406107 Town Center Rd
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fast and friendly service !!
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5.0(2 reviews)
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1000 Atlantic Ave, Camden, NJ 081041000 Atlantic Ave
OpenThu 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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4.8(10 reviews)
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1020 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 191481020 N Delaware Ave
OpenThu 9:00 am - 4:15 pm
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4.41(141 reviews)
1010 W Lehigh Ave, Philadelphia, PA 191331010 W Lehigh Ave
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This was the first time in a long time I use urgent care it was a very very long time ago.And I was able to do it over the video phone which was good for me being Hard-Of-Hearing. The people and the doctor is really nice and friendly.

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4.65(1.5k reviews)
1010 W Lehigh Ave, Philadelphia, PA 191331010 W Lehigh Ave
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I’m always in and out never had to wait more than 20 mins
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4.78(23 reviews)
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265 Schuylkill Rd, Phoenixville, PA 19460265 Schuylkill Rd
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I had a telemedicine call and it was so convenient and helpful! Also, I got an appointment very quickly, I would recommend it to anyone.
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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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With the BQ.1.1 variant on the rise in Europe, experts express concern of a rise in COVID cases this winter; encourage everyone to max out their boosters and vaccinate their children (Houston Chronicle)

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 Delaware 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 Delaware 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 Delaware?

    COVID testing is available at many outlets near Delaware 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 Delaware?

    Rapid testing—both PCR (molecular) and antigen tests—is offered through many Delaware-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 Delaware?

    Same-day and next day appointments for COVID testing in Delaware 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 (9)

This was one of the best covid testing sites I’ve been to. Parking was simple and they administered both a rapid and a PCR for double assurance. The staff there was extremely kind and efficient and got everyone in and out in a timely manner.

- Verified patient on 10/1

We were able to easily and efficiently schedule an appointment online for Covid testing. The staff was informative, polite and efficient. My appointment was for 1:00 and I was done by 1:10.

- Verified patient on 10/7

We needed a Covid test to fly overseas in 3 days. The staff was very understanding and empathetic. We received our tests and we were negative!

- Verified patient on 10/2

The Covid test was easy to schedule and efficiently handled

- Verified patient on 10/7

Fast easy convenient for Covid testing

- Verified patient on 10/24

Being this was my first covid test I wasn’t sure what to expect. After slight confusion on where to park the process went fairly smooth. The tech was very kind, polite, and knowledgeable. She negotiated between several patients vehicles with ease. It was slightly awkward trying to open the swab liquid container and holding the swab while sitting in a vehicle but was able to make it work. For only being the 2nd day of being open I’d say everything went well.

- Verified patient on 9/29

More signage was needed. I had no idea it would be out of my car. I just happened to see a man with a clipboard and he asked me if I was there for a Covid test.

- Verified patient on 11/21

The staff was very friendly polite but it took too long to even get the test and complete it. It took a whole hour from start to finish just to do two Covid tests.

- Verified patient on 10/1

The person who administered the Covid test was friendly, and lovely to deal with. The problem was the signage of where to park for the testing. It’s hand drawn in marker and not very clear. It’s not professional.

- Verified patient on 10/21

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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