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Free Covid Care, Decatur Pershing Road

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985 W Pershing Rd, Decatur, IL 62526985 W Pershing Rd
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Find and book COVID testing and rapid testing appointments in Decatur and get same-day results. Convenient, top-rated providers with same-day testing.

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Free Covid Care, Decatur Pershing Road

Free Covid Care

4.66(2k reviews)
985 W Pershing Rd, Decatur, IL 62526985 W Pershing Rd
OpenWed 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Springfield Clinic Urgent Care, Sherman

Springfield Clinic Urgent Care

4.83(539 reviews)
400 St John Dr, Sherman, IL 62684400 St John Dr
OpenWed 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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I am always very pleased with the quality of care at Sherman Urgent Care. However, one thing upset me greatly today. I saw my primary doctor yesterday and was diagnosed with an acute sinus infection and ear infection. I declared that upon my arrival and answered ALL COVID screening questions "NO." However, I was moved to the COVID area where I am certain a patient received care and was awaiting test results (I heard the patient, she was speaking of it loudly in the lobby as she exited) just prior to my placement in the room which is wide open with a few corrales without doors. I directly asked both of my providers why I was placed in the "respiratory area." I was told that I was unclear on my history and my complaint was respiratory. I was there for ear levage and even called ahead about coming in!!! And again, I was diagnosed less than 24 hours prior with ACUTE sinusitis and an ear infection by my primary doctor who knows my extensive history of allergy induced sinus and ear problems. I am/was NOT displaying any COVID symptoms but was placed in that area.I do NOT appreciate that at all!!! I realize there are strict cleaning guidelines in place, but I was unnecessarily exposed to potential germs by needlessly being treated in that area. I am very displeased!!! Not to mention, that area is clearly under remodel with unfinished drywall. It's like they are hiding away the risky patients from the rest of the clinic. Those who are legitimately ill with COVID symptoms deserve a better setting than that room. I have never complained about Sherman, they are usually phenomenal. But this experience today infuriates me.
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320 Central Ave, Decatur, IL 62523320 Central Ave
OpenWed 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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CVS Pharmacy

1595 E Cantrell St, Decatur, IL 625211595 E Cantrell St
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CVS Pharmacy

570 N Fairview Ave, Decatur, IL 62522570 N Fairview Ave
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Walgreens

420 1st Dr W, Decatur, IL 62523420 1st Dr W
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1311 IL-48, Decatur, IL 625261311 IL-48
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HARMONE LABS

1622 S Taylorville Rd, Decatur, IL 625211622 S Taylorville Rd
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625 W Pershing Rd, Decatur, IL 62526625 W Pershing Rd
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2990 N Monroe St, Decatur, IL 625262990 N Monroe St
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Decatur VA Clinic

Decatur VA Clinic

792 N Sunnyside Rd, Decatur, IL 62522792 N Sunnyside Rd
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225 E Ash Ave, Decatur, IL 62526225 E Ash Ave
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4995 US-36, Decatur, IL 625214995 US-36
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HSHS Medical Group Family Medicine and Pediatrics Forsyth

HSHS Medical Group Family Medicine and Pediatrics Forsyth

845 US-51, Forsyth, IL 62535845 US-51
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424 W Van Buren St, Clinton, IL 61727424 W Van Buren St
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CVS Pharmacy

208 W Jackson St, Sullivan, IL 61951208 W Jackson St
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CVS Pharmacy

401 N Webster St, Taylorville, IL 62568401 N Webster St
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315 N Webster St, Taylorville, IL 62568315 N Webster St
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CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy

110 N Cedar St, Shelbyville, IL 62565110 N Cedar St
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HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital

HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital

200 S Cedar St, Shelbyville, IL 62565200 S Cedar St
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Latest COVID Testing Updates

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)
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)

COVID Testing FAQs

  • How much does COVID testing cost in Decatur?

    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 Decatur?

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

    COVID testing is available at many outlets near Decatur 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 Decatur?

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

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

    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 Decatur?

    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)

I have no complaints. The two young individuals did a good job being friendly and welcoming. The process was quick and easy. We did not wait at all. Check in was easy. I booked online. It was simple. I would recommend this location to get Covid testing.

- Verified patient on 9/18

I had a rapid Covid test. Said positive. Still waiting on other test results!

- Verified patient on 1/4

Very disappointed. Was there over 2 hours and still did not have COVID results. Had to insist COVID testing employees change their gloves before testing myself and daughter. Witnessed COVID testers not changing gloves. I COVID test at my work and they performed swabbing and testing was incorrectly. When we went to watch volleyball not one employee asked to see my wristband. Very very disappointed. Girls should not have to play with mask. It is not safe. If we were all COVID negative why have to were a mask especially if you have been vaccinated

- Verified patient on 4/8

Attendant was extremely nice and I love the food drive giving back. The only request is that I can get a confirmation the day I come because now my hospital is making me get a PCR test and my other hospital I have to report back to needs a confirmation of me getting the test before Monday, the attendant said it was possible to get an email or a text saying that I was seen today with my name for a Covid test, otherwise everything is perfect

- Verified patient on 11/11

I booked an appointment for the COVID test because of possible exposure. The entire staff was amicable and accommodating - I was 15 minutes late due to traffic. Sorry!!! I met Dr. Sin via a tablet where I explained my exposure concern; she told me I should have the test to be safe and put my mind at ease. The rapid results were nearly instantaneous, which was terrific (and negative)! I'm just waiting on my PCR results to be double sure. The process to book an appointment online was SUPER simple. The staff was great, the facility was clean, and I was out of there so quickly. The only thing to recommend and is minor is to add in the address that the location was on the second floor of the plaza.

- Verified patient on 11/13

Was having trouble getting a test everywhere else. For some reason doctor did not order a Covid test even though I had symptoms. Hospital didn’t even understand since he ordered other tests. I tested negative and feel so relieved although I found out I do have pneumonia.

- Verified patient on 9/22

The nurse at 8:45am Nov 29th *** at 805 S Main St, Lombard, IL, location was the most caring, friendly, professionalI I have ever met. She was efficient communicating with the patients and organizing testing services. It was a rainy chilly day and she had to operate in the bad weather conditions. It is shame that she was not provided any rain coat. Please take care of your personal!!! Winter is coming! We all need good care!!! Thank you, Midwest COVID Testing Clinic and dear nurse!

- Verified patient on 10/31

I went for a Covid test, which was a drive through appointment so I'm unable to comment on facility cleanliness. Making the appointment online was very quick and simple. I arrived a little early but they were able to see me immediately. First two staff members asked some brief questions and provided aftercare advice. The nurse that then did the web test was friendly, efficient and answered all my questions. They do the PCR type of test and were confident I would get my results within 24 hours as they have a testing lab onsite. Would definitely recommend this clinic for covid testing.

- Verified patient on 8/16

This was a quick and friendly place to get my covid test.

- Verified patient on 11/26

Drive thru covid test site. Staff friendly and efficient

- Verified patient on 12/8

I scheduled an appointment for a rapid Covid test due to an exposure on Tuesday. I thought I was signing up for a drive in test but was instead routed to the Emergency Clinic. I was charged $20 for a co-pay which made me mad since the website stated it was free. I was then put in a room and a full blown office visit was performed and probably charged to my insurance. I told the nurse and the nurse practitioner that my exposure was limited, that I had no symptoms and I wanted a rapid test so I could go back to watching my grandson. The nurse practitioner said they performed the test that would take AT LEAST 2 days for a result. I expressed my displeasure and asked for a rapid test which I asked for all along. The nurse practitioner finally agreed but expressed her dissatisfaction as she walked out the door. When the very kind nurse returned I again apologized and reiterated that I was signed up for just a drive through rapid test. After assuring me the test results would be about 15 minutes, I was called with my negative result an hour later.

- Verified patient on 1/31

Needed to have a rapid COVID test due to exposure. Signed up online and went to the site. Was there less than 15 minutes and could return to work worry free!

- Verified patient on 8/22

Very easy experience! Had to get a covid test for my daughter to travel to Puerto Rico. I found the clinic on the Puerto Rico travel .gov website. Many other places in Evanston that I checked were booked until too close to our flight and I was worried about the turn around time. Also some of the other places that could see us on a Sunday (hospital based clinics) were asking us to get a doctors referral. This was much easier. Yes I would recommend this place!! Thx

- Verified patient on 11/21

The place was very busy but the ladies there were very kind and professional. I would highly recommend going there for a rapid Covid test!

- Verified patient on 1/3

The wait time was awesome due to no one but staff being there. She was friendly AF without being annoying, just doing what needs to be done. As far as bedside manner, for this type of procedure, I really didn't require much so there isn't much to say there. It smelled like backed up toilet. I'm familiar with these old chicago buildings so every corner of this venue could have been mopped and wiped down with pure chlorine bleach, it would still smell like backed up toilet. Still, a little disconcerting when you're entering a health care facility even if it is just for covid testing.

- Verified patient on 10/15

I’m from Kansas City and happened to be in Chicago visiting a relative. During my stay, I had received the news that several of my co-workers had tested positive for COVID. I found Family Urgent Care through Solv. I received 2 COVID tests through them during my quarantine and my wait time was next to nothing in both cases. The staff was friendly and in both instances I received phone calls as to my results. The doctor was very informative and was able to answer all of my questions. I highly recommend them!

- Verified patient on 9/3

I made my appointment on Sunday and booked an appointment for Monday morning @ 805am. The staff opened up at 8am and I was promptly tested and received my results @ approximately 815am and was then out the door. I received my National Clinical Lab test results Tuesday confirming my rapid test result. Also the staff was very friendly and professional and clearly explained the testing procedure. I highly recommend Solvhealth for Covid testing.

- Verified patient on 8/18

The gentleman was polite and professional. I said, it's my 1st time doing it myself. He had patience with me, considering I was putting a cotton swap stick up my nose for the covid testing. Explained everything step by step. He had patience with me, considering I was putting a cotton swap stick up my nose for the first time. I had 2 cars in front of me and he was working efficiently. Excellent service at *** W Touhy Ave, Lincolnwood, IL ***. Thank you for making it easy and clear.

- Verified patient on 4/13

Everything was simple to do online. There was a slight wait past my appointment time. The staff was friendly. I didn’t really understand why the doctor had to come in. The nurse got more info from me. I barely saw him. I specifically came for a rapid result Covid test. I also took a PCR at Walgreens where I just took the test in the drive through. I did like that you tested for other infections and of course the best part was the quick response. I have no concept what costs are for these things because I have good insurance. So, I don’t know if this was reasonable or not. I have never used an immediate care before so I can’t tell if I would recommend it over any others.

- Verified patient on 9/17

Very fast drive through Covid testing. Friendly and efficient.

- Verified patient on 12/7

Decatur 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 Sep 25, 22

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