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8931 W Atlantic Blvd, Coral Springs, FL 330718931 W Atlantic Blvd
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4.51(41 reviews)
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2180 SW 71st Ter, Davie, FL 333172180 SW 71st Ter
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Lisbeth assisted us and was beyond helpful. The property is clean, process was quick since we filled out all the details online. We received our results in less than 24hrs. Only issue was the certificate didn’t state how the test was done (nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab), so it delayed our arrival process.
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331 NW 27th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311331 NW 27th Ave
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4111 SW 47th Ave, Davie, FL 333144111 SW 47th Ave
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4.66(2.8k reviews)
2337 S University Dr, Davie, FL 333242337 S University Dr
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This is truly my favorite place to go in case of medical needs. The whole staff is super friendly and empathic, they make you feel confortable and good. This is a walk in clinic so even if you have an appointment, you might wait for a little but it’s worth waiting for the care you get!!
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4.52(180 reviews)
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10199 Cleary Blvd, Plantation, FL 3332410199 Cleary Blvd
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I have been sick for 10 days with terrible earaches and throat pain along with a really deep cough. I went to one walk-in clinic and they just said it’s a common cold, water and rest. Two days later, I went to a different location for a walk-in clinic and they told me I had double ear infection and a respiratory infection with lots fluid behind my ear my eardrum. I haven’t slept in many nights because of coughing and such a bad ear pain. I thought that I was going to get antibiotics and a prescription strength decongestant. I must have been confused, because when I picked up my prescription. It was just the antibiotic . I called to have the telehealth appointment, and they were able to quickly assess the situation and get my medicine prescribed and the pharmacy had it ready within a half hour! I pray that tonight is a great night’s sleep, and I think my body will start to heal itself . I recommend telehealth over driving all over the world to try to get your questions answered with solution.
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4.71(3.7k reviews)
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10199 Cleary Blvd, Plantation, FL 3332410199 Cleary Blvd
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Every one is very friendly and professional. Celina Costa is wonderful PA and warm caring person. As always she took her time explaining everything with detail.
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5.0(6 reviews)
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8931 W Atlantic Blvd, Coral Springs, FL 330718931 W Atlantic Blvd
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3200 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 333063200 N Federal Hwy
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8240 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines, FL 330258240 Pines Blvd
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4825 SW 148th Ave, Davie, FL 333314825 SW 148th Ave
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2425 E Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 333082425 E Commercial Blvd
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9162 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 334349162 Glades Rd
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5458 Town Center Rd, Boca Raton, FL 334865458 Town Center Rd
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5550 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 334315550 Glades Rd
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915 W 49th St, Hialeah, FL 33012915 W 49th St
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Luke was absolutely awesome very warm and profesional and Flavia was awesome both very professional and very caring !!all the stars
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915 W 49th St, Hialeah, FL 33012915 W 49th St
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2238e W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 334452238e W Atlantic Ave
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284 Alhambra Cir, Coral Gables, FL 33134284 Alhambra Cir
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7019 W Broward Blvd, Plantation, FL 333177019 W Broward Blvd
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I highly recommend for anyone thinking of getting tested. From start to finish the whole process was hassle free and and very professional. I had my results very quickly and discreetly couldn't be happier with the service.
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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 in Plantation?

    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 Plantation?

    COVID testing is available for free under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes testing for those without health insurance. Check with your Plantation-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 Plantation?

    COVID testing is available at many outlets near Plantation 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 Plantation?

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

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

    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 Plantation?

    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-19 Testing Reviews (20)

I did a covid test... getting an appt was quick and easy... nurse administering was courteous, friendly and patient... results were fast.

- Verified patient on 2/16

The ladies performing the Covid Test were very professional, knowledgeable, and courteous. I want to thank everyone for their time and cooperation. Best regards, Richard Soffin

- Verified patient on 11/13

Although I had to wait a long time to see the doctor it was worth it. I absolutely love Dr.Colon. I wish she had her own practice. She was VERY thorough, explained everything, great bedside manner. There was one employee that was quite rude. I went out of my room explaining I had been there two hours and I was supposed to be getting on a plane to go out of state in four hours and I was concerned because I had not seen the doctor yet. She sort of jumped on me and said "we'll do you want to go ahead and leave? " I explained that I needed to find out what was wrong with me that I may not be able to go out of town. I unfortunately did not get her name. If I would have I would go into further detail about her since that was not the only time I feel like she was rude to me. I'm sure the staff knows who she is, she was very loud and rude. Also the big guy who came in to hook up my I-V and also give me the covid test was overly rough. I have had the covid test a couple times and he was extremely harsh giving the test.

- Verified patient on 9/14

Ladies were great. Covid Test results in 24hrs They are my go-to place. Thanks Gloria

- Verified patient on 10/31

Great job and I like that Covid testing is done outside. Very professional great staff

- Verified patient on 6/9

Horrible experience. Poor instructions on the Covid testing. They asked me to fill out the paperwork online and then AGAIN at the facility. My appointment was at 11:50 and I finally received my test at 2:30!! Seems they take those who got the Stat PCR as they arrived regardless of the people who had already been waiting. Synergy will get my future business for sure.

- Verified patient on 11/27

went for covid test. christina awesome! friendly and efficient. good follow through

- Verified patient on 1/3

I have been sitting out here for an hour and a half I had an appointment at 10:30 showed up early for my appointment and it’s almost noon… I am about to leave without having my Covid test because this is ridiculous.

- Verified patient on 5/31

Went for covid testing. Very convenient, didn't have to leave my car, and really no wait. The nurse was very friendly and caring.

- Verified patient on 2/19

What a great experience! I had scheduled a covid test for my daughter at Walgreens and when we arrived they said their site was down and couldn’t do any testing until the following day. I was panicking trying to find somewhere that could test her for covid since she was sent home from school with symptoms. It was after 5pm and after searching and calling different places I called medfast in Titusville… there was an actual person who pleasantly answered the phone… not an automated *press 1 for…* voice. She welcomed us to come in for my daughters testing. The sign in was quick and easy… we waited in the car and completed the text registration which was super easy and convenient! Our wait time was less than 20 minutes and we went straight into a room. The nurse (Nieves) was so kind and comforting to my daughter. She administered the test so carefully that my daughter barely flinched. We were finished with everything in less than an hour total! I appreciate the staff being so kind and efficient. Thank you for being available and taking such great care of my child!

- Verified patient on 9/24

It took one and half hour in the cat to get COVID tested. Why do you give an appointment if it is first come first served! Need to have more than one person doing this, after all is not charity as the insurance is covering it!

- Verified patient on 8/7

My appointment was at 1pm to take a covid test & I was still waiting at 2:50 pm.

- Verified patient on 8/2

Went for covid testing. I had an appointment and was seen exactly on time. Shawn who did the testing was gentle and informative. He is a true asset for UrgentMed. I would recommend the Plantation site for covid testing. The doctor was caring and extremely informative during my tele med call. 100% satisfied and will use this location should urgent care be needed in the future.

- Verified patient on 1/29

I made an appointment for a Covid test. It was for 3:40 pm on Tuesday, August 2. After checking in, we were told to wait in our car til they called us. The wait time would be about 20 minutes. My husband and I waited almost 1 hour in our car before I went in and asked how much longer. Personnel told me they were about ready for us and I could get my husband. Johnathan did our nasal swabs and was very professional. Dr. Dean, great personality and very caring, did come in our room to talk with us before he told us to wait in our car for about 15 minutes for the results. We waited about a half hour before Dr. Dean came out to our car to give us the paperwork that we were negative for Covid. Would suggest timeframes would be more accurate. results.

- Verified patient on 8/2

I’ve visited this pop-up location in Plantation, FL twice so far for Covid testing and they have been amazing each time. Timely response and clear communication. I drove by and saw the pop-up location and then booked online. They have an app as well and they text you to remind you of your appointment.

- Verified patient on 10/26

I made an appointment it was very quick and friendly service. My son needed a Covid test. Thanks.

- Verified patient on 12/16

I took a Covid test at this facility. The staff was very nice, and I even had the chance to speak to someone over Videochat in case I would have had any questions in regards to the test or COVID in general. I only had to wait 2 minutes after my appointment time to be tested and got a printed result back within 5 minutes. Great service!

- Verified patient on 10/11

It was easy web sight was a little confusing but I got through it. It was easy. Fast. Friendly service. I have sent plenty of friends and family here. Great place for COVID test

- Verified patient on 11/22

They charge for Rapid Covid testing. $125.

- Verified patient on 10/4

sign in papers and wait for insurance approval takes a while, and the rapid covid test isn't covered, $100+. Sit in car and swab is quick, then wait for copies again, and release... about 45 min.total with car a/c.

- Verified patient on 7/5

Plantation 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.

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