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River Town Diagnostics, Jacksonville

River Town Diagnostics

4.66(111 reviews)
8563 Argyle Business Loop, Jacksonville, FL 322448563 Argyle Business Loop
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Find and book COVID testing and rapid testing appointments in Jacksonville and get same-day results. Convenient, top-rated providers with same-day testing.

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River Town Diagnostics, Jacksonville

River Town Diagnostics

4.66(111 reviews)
8563 Argyle Business Loop, Jacksonville, FL 322448563 Argyle Business Loop
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I was seen quickly, without being in a waiting room for hours! Friendly and thorough, an amazing patient experience!

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Crucial Care, Jacksonville

Crucial Care

4.76(7.2k reviews)
11048 Baymeadows Rd, Jacksonville, FL 3225611048 Baymeadows Rd
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PA Danny was top notch, so kind, caring, compassionate and thankful to us for choosing Crucial care and him for care. We go here often due to my daughters chronic illness and need for IV fluids. We have ALWAYS had outstanding care and will always chose Crucial care !
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Jacksonville 1 VA Clinic

Jacksonville 1 VA Clinic

1536 N Jefferson St, Jacksonville, FL 322091536 N Jefferson St
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Labcorp, Jacksonville

Labcorp

1801 N Davis St, Jacksonville, FL 322091801 N Davis St
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Labcorp

Labcorp

2545 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, FL 322042545 Riverside Ave
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Walgreens

Walgreens

5108 Norwood Ave, Jacksonville, FL 322085108 Norwood Ave
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Walgreens

Walgreens

2703 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 322052703 Park St
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Ace Biomedical Labs

Ace Biomedical Labs

3726 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 322073726 Beach Blvd
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Great service! The staff is friendly, helpful and organized. Very reasonable wait time. The cost of the test was expected. I would highly recommend this lab. I booked my appointment online.
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Maxcare Clinic

Maxcare Clinic

2789 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 322052789 Park St
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CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy

5634 Merrill Rd, Jacksonville, FL 322775634 Merrill Rd
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CareSpot Urgent Care, Arlington Cesery (FastMed)

CareSpot Urgent Care

4.5(315 reviews)
1021 Cesery Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 322111021 Cesery Blvd
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CareSpot Urgent Care, San Marco (FastMed)

CareSpot Urgent Care

4.29(319 reviews)
4498 Hendricks Ave, Hendersonville, FL 322074498 Hendricks Ave
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Labcorp, Jacksonville

Labcorp

5960 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 322075960 Beach Blvd
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Walgreens

6006 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 322166006 Beach Blvd
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Walgreens

6103 Fort Caroline Rd, Jacksonville, FL 322776103 Fort Caroline Rd
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Jacksonville 2 VA Clinic

Jacksonville 2 VA Clinic

3901 University Blvd S, Jacksonville, FL 322163901 University Blvd S
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1.0(2 reviews)
3634 Rogero Rd, Jacksonville, FL 322773634 Rogero Rd
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Walgreens

Walgreens

654 Cassat Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32205654 Cassat Ave
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CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy

7341 Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 322117341 Atlantic Blvd
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CVS Pharmacy

7431 Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 322167431 Atlantic Blvd
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Latest COVID Testing updates

Jun 15, 2022
BA.4 and BA.5 — "sister variants" of the original omicron strain — are gaining prevalence in the U.S. and now account for about 1 in 5 confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide, CDC data shows. (Becker's)
Jun 15, 2022
COVID vaccines for kids under 5 move closer to FDA authorization after committee backs shots. The FDA’s committee of independent vaccine experts voted unanimously to recommend Moderna and Pfizer’s shots for use in infants through toddlers. The FDA will likely accept the recommendation and authorize the shots this week.(CNBC)

COVID Testing FAQs

  • How much does COVID testing cost in Jacksonville?

    In many cases, COVID testing can be free. Many state and local health departments continue to offer free testing to community residents as part of their response to the pandemic. In other cases, commercially insured patients, or those on Medicare or Medicaid, may receive testing at no out of pocket cost, or with a nominal office visit copay. For cash paying patients, or those that need rapid COVID testing which will deliver results in under an hour, COVID tests can range from $50 to $150 each. It is best to call your healthcare provider prior to getting tested to better understand the cost of the specific test you require.

  • Where can I get free COVID testing in Jacksonville?

    COVID testing is available for free under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes testing for those without health insurance. Check with your Jacksonville-area health department as they are generally a good source for free COVID tests, or can at least point you in the right direction. Additionally, you can ask your primary care provider to recommend a free COVID test site.

  • Where can I get COVID testing in Jacksonville?

    COVID testing is available at many outlets near Jacksonville 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 Jacksonville?

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

    Same-day and next day appointments for COVID testing in Jacksonville 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 Jacksonville?

    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, if you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, experts believe that you should be tested yourself, particularly if you are experiencing cold and flu symptoms commonly aligned with the coronavirus.

  • How long does COVID testing take?

    Getting a COVID test is quick. Most tests are done with a nasal swab, which takes less than a minute to swab both nostrils. Depending on where you get your COVID test, this means you could be in and out of the testing site in as little as 10-15 minutes. During busy times—particularly around holidays—testing sites may be busier than usual and wait times may be longer.

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

    Most labs are returning send-out molecular (PCR) COVID test results 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 COVID tests are processed on-site and are able to deliver results in under an hour, sometimes in as little as 15 min.

  • 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 Testing Reviews (20)

This was by far the worst visit I have had. I understand we have a pandemic but I waited 3 hours in my car for a covid test. Then the attendant came in and did the test she then said she was going to get the paper work and left. I sat in the room an additional 30 minutes. A doctor came in and said there was no paperwork. My visit was a total of 4.5 hours of wait time for a two minute test.

- Verified patient on 8/11

Call center is bad. Told me to wait in the car for covid test. Waited an hour and finally went in. Staff said I never should have been told that.

- Verified patient on 7/17

I went in for coughing, fever, aches and pains. But the Doctor didn’t recommend any medications. He checked my breathing and said that he would wait for the COVID tests results. I am still waiting for my results.

- Verified patient on 1/25

I was there for Covid testing they didn’t treat me any different they treated me great and walk and talk me through it

- Verified patient on 7/23

My wait time was a little long, but with walk-ins for COVID testing I didn't mind. Quality, manner, friendliness and cleanliness was perfect. I have been here 2 times, once with my uncle and once as a patient. My father came on my recommendation. We all love this place.

- Verified patient on 8/7

Very accommodating over the phone following the internet booked visit and to the visit. The appointment required a rapid COVID test to alieve concern of a possible infection. Staff made every effort to communicate and answer questions. Thankfully the test was negative! Dr Knobles was concerned a great communicator, as well!

- Verified patient on 11/22

I got there early but they quickly put me in a room, I was just there for a Covid test so I could see my father in the nursing home. Staff were very friendly. About a 15 to 20 minute wait but again, I was there early. I would definitely recommend them!!

- Verified patient on 9/28

Very easy and streamlined Covid test. Slight way, entirely understandable with amount of volume seen. In fact, wait time far superior to anywhere else in town. Highly recommend.

- Verified patient on 7/10

I went to Crucial Care for a Covid test. There was quite a long wait, even though I had an appointment, but they clearly explained there would be a wait. All of the staff was very helpful and friendly. I appreciate the care with which they handled my test, including taking several vital signs. Finally, the use of their website and text made getting an appointment and receiving confirmation and updates very easy and helpful. I was impressed with how quickly I got the results from my test.

- Verified patient on 8/14

I came in with a positive COVID test. Everyone was helpful and professional. I got the therapy and am feeling better already.

- Verified patient on 11/16

Covid testing- wait shorter than expected

- Verified patient on 6/28

Exceptional....staff was patience, caringand supportive.....the ladies at the front desk did a great job informing walkin pts about the Covid testing and exactly where to go for a quick test...the front desk staff was very reassuring to the patients that were waiting to be seen as some approached them every five mins....personally I would never go to the ER again unless it was extreme emergency.....your facility stands far above any WalkIn clinic we have ever had to go to....the fact that you all truly do care is evidence in the treatment received.

- Verified patient on 1/1

Y’all are amazing. This was my second visit (first being for a covid test where I was treated with utmost patience/respect) and the entire team is always so kind, caring, knowledgeable, compassionate, etc etc. You can tell everyone truly enjoys their work. I had a great experience and will definitely be back when my primary doctor’s hours don’t fit into my schedule. Thank you!!!!!

- Verified patient on 8/28

Walked in for Covid testing. Was placed on virtual waiting list and told it would be one hour wait. Wait time was much less. Staff was very friendly. Test was administered with care. Overall experience was delightful👍

- Verified patient on 6/30

Went for Covid test; had appt at 10:40 and was called in around 11:10 which is understandable because they are swarmed. Went quickly and smoothly.

- Verified patient on 1/5

covid test. very professional and helpful

- Verified patient on 8/18

I truly want to thank all of the staff! Came in with all four of my kids for Covid testing and you all did amazing. Yesterday I could not find a place to test and there were many people who were very rude to me. Your staff was nothing but helpful and kind, which the world needs more of during this time.

- Verified patient on 6/27

My husband and I were both there for Covid testing. Everyone was very professional and friendly from the time you walked in the door till the time you left. They thanked us for being patient and waiting which really was not necessary because you can tell they were working as fast and safely as They could.

- Verified patient on 12/28

1’st time COVID test both me & wife. You were very efficient in entire process. Particularly Cesar was a professional pleasure.

- Verified patient on 1/21

I went for COVID test. Staff was very friendly and process is very organized.

- Verified patient on 7/6

Jacksonville COVID Testing & Rapid 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.

PCR vs Antigen Testing

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.

Rob Rohatsch
Medically reviewed by Dr. Rob Rohatsch, MD

Updated on Jul 25, 22

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