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1425 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 337041425 4th St N
OpenTue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Wed 1:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Very accessible and easy to check in. Professional and courteous staff with clean rooms. Definitelyy favorite place to go when I am ill.
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1425 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 337041425 4th St N
OpenTue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 1:30 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Sat 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Very accessible and easy to check in. Professional and courteous staff with clean rooms. Definitelyy favorite place to go when I am ill.
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4.88(3.3k reviews)
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640 Tyrone Blvd N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710640 Tyrone Blvd N
OpenTue 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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I would come back. Staff was professional and the place was clean. Loved the online appt scheduling, and online paperwork.
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OpenTue 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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4.85(193 reviews)
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10500 Ulmerton Rd, Largo, FL 3377110500 Ulmerton Rd
OpenTue 9:15 am - 2:45 pm
  • Mon 9:15 am - 2:45 pm
  • Tue 9:15 am - 2:45 pm
  • Wed 9:15 am - 2:45 pm
  • Thu 9:15 am - 2:45 pm
  • Fri 9:15 am - 2:45 pm
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10500 Ulmerton Rd, Largo, FL 3377110500 Ulmerton Rd
OpenTue 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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  • Wed 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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4.26(77 reviews)
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5523 W Cypress St, Tampa, FL 336075523 W Cypress St
OpenTue 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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  • Tue 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Fast and simple COVID testing. Able to book on-line. Great service
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4.87(2.3k reviews)
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1603 Missouri Ave N, Largo, FL 337701603 Missouri Ave N
OpenTue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Went there for the first time, very happy with time waiting and the professional service. Thank you to Michelle(RN), dr Snyder and the stuff.
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601 S Harbour Island Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602601 S Harbour Island Blvd
OpenTue 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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4.87(2.1k reviews)
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4748 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 336144748 N Dale Mabry Hwy
OpenTue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Eat experience at a doctors office I’ve had in so long. Will definitely be returning
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13039 Summerfield Square Dr, Riverview, FL 3357813039 Summerfield Square Dr
OpenTue 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Mon12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Tue12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Wed12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Thu12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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4.84(2.5k reviews)
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2375 Curlew Rd, Dunedin, FL 346982375 Curlew Rd
OpenTue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Sat 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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The staff was exceptionally helpful, happy and the wait time was about 15min. The Doctor was friendly, he listened to me, then prescribed a course of treatment and sent in a Rx to my pharmacy.
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2330 E Fletcher Ave, Tampa, FL 336122330 E Fletcher Ave
OpenTue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Wed 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Very easy. Did not feel rushed. Good job
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4.92(2.4k reviews)
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16318 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 3361816318 N Dale Mabry Hwy
OpenTue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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10359 Cross Creek Blvd, Tampa, FL 3364710359 Cross Creek Blvd
OpenTue 3:00 pm - 8:45 pm
  • Mon 3:00 pm - 8:45 pm
  • Tue 3:00 pm - 8:45 pm
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  • Thu 3:00 pm - 8:45 pm
  • Fri 3:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • Sat11:00 am - 7:45 pm
  • Sun11:00 am - 7:45 pm
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I used to work here years ago and continued to refer pts to this place. Always had great staff and nice caring doctors. It was nice meeting the doctor today. Very nice.
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4.24(420 reviews)
1101 Madison St S, St. Petersburg, FL 337111101 Madison St S
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After receiving my results, I called Priority Lab Testing and discussed the results with a consultation. This consultation filled in my knowledge gaps and made me more aware of my particular situation.

4.47(461 reviews)
118 New London Turnpike, St. Petersburg, FL 33702118 New London Turnpike
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I was able to choose a Quest lab location and schedule an appointment. Check in was easy, and I only needed to provide my name and DOB. They were able to locate my order in their system. They were already aware that my labs were paid for prior to the appointment. I had my labs done on a Wednesday, and I received my results by Saturday. Great experience.

4.59(600 reviews)
601 E 13Th St, Kenneth City, FL 33709601 E 13Th St
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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.

4.42(537 reviews)
11257 SW 152nd St, Seminole, FL 3377211257 SW 152nd St
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I was very surprised with my experience here. My appointment was made very quickly. I was seen in a very short period of time. My test results came back in a very timely manner. I was able to speak with a doctor soon after and was taking care of. I was very satisfied with the experience I had here. I definitely recommend using them for any issues you have or any questions you may have.

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13034 Eastlake Blvd, Largo, FL 3377013034 Eastlake Blvd
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A great experience for something I had a lot of anxiety about. Had no wait time or issues at the testing center/lab. Had blood drawn at 3pm and had results by email at 9am the next morning.

4.52(520 reviews)
110-122 S 17th Street, Tampa, FL 33609110-122 S 17th Street
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I was able to choose a Quest lab location and schedule an appointment. Check in was easy, and I only needed to provide my name and DOB. They were able to locate my order in their system. They were already aware that my labs were paid for prior to the appointment. I had my labs done on a Wednesday, and I received my results by Saturday. Great experience.

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110 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL 33609110 S MacDill 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.
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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 St. Petersburg?

    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 St. Petersburg?

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

    COVID testing is available at many outlets near St. Petersburg 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 St. Petersburg?

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

    Same-day and next day appointments for COVID testing in St. Petersburg 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 St. Petersburg?

    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 St. Petersburg?

    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)

Simple COVID test. All were great and positive attitudes came to my car.

- Verified patient on 6/23

I was able to get a convenient appointment for my my wife and I for Covid testing. We arrived early were placed on the list and completed our testing before our later appointment. Staff were friendly during phone check in and staff that performed the test and delivered our results were fabulous.

- Verified patient on 8/15

I was impressed with how quickly I was able to schedule an appointment for a COVID test. When I arrived they were very professional and guided me through the process in a timely manner. Also the man administering the test was friendly and personable which helped to lighten the mood! Overall a good experience:)

- Verified patient on 7/14

We went for Covid tests so can’t really attest to cleanliness. All staff we dealt with were very friendly and pleasant. Really liked the NP who did our test. Very personable.

- Verified patient on 12/16

Sydney was great! She went above and beyond to make sure I got an appointment today. 10/10 service. The people who gave me the covid test were really professional and empathetic.

- Verified patient on 6/29

Quick and easy. Very nice nurse did my COVID test

- Verified patient on 1/5

Had a Covid test with another clinic, waited for over 6 hours and the whole process was a mess. This location was so professional and efficient. Greatly appreciate all the help.

- Verified patient on 6/26

Very well organized process for the covid testing

- Verified patient on 7/14

This was the most efficient, organized urgent care I have EVER been to. My Covid test less than 10 minutes!!! Highly recommend!!!

- Verified patient on 7/20

Staff was friendly and accommodating. When I couldn’t get my health insurance card to email they man said I could airdrop it, which worked! He was able to quickly verify my insurance and pay required. There was no line. After we registered the remainder of our care was from the comfort and safety of our car in the parking lot. I felt very safe getting a Covid test at this facility. This is the best kept secret in town for urgent care. I will go back.

- Verified patient on 1/4

Had a covid test done Fast, efficient and it doesn't hurt.

- Verified patient on 1/14

Very easy for the COVID testing . Informative and pleasant staff giving the test. Good experience overall

- Verified patient on 11/23

Just a little gentler touch is need when doing the COVID test 👍

- Verified patient on 1/26

I didn’t come inside so I don’t know how clean it was. I had a Covid test in my car

- Verified patient on 9/15

Covid test, all questions answered, calm competent communication. You are my backup clinic when getting to my doctor is not possible.

- Verified patient on 8/5

Received a Covid test everyone was very professional and informative

- Verified patient on 10/8

I did a drive through COVID test. Never went into the buolding

- Verified patient on 2/19

Love the nurse that has taken care of our Covid tests. He’s amazing. Receptionist has poor manners and needs a course on customer service.

- Verified patient on 11/16

I originally tried to go to a place across the street since I was an existing patient, but their wait time was too long and I only needed a COVID test for travel. I had no idea this facility was right there until I went online to look for another place. I'm so glad I ended up here, the facility is gorgeous (coming from a medical background) and so nice and clean/organized. Every staff member I interacted with was very friendly and informative. I will definitely use this office again if needed!

- Verified patient on 12/16

Easy process for COVID test Professional and friendly staff

- Verified patient on 9/6

St. Petersburg 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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