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Carbon Health, Ward Park

Carbon Health

4.75(8 reviews)
8600 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 641148600 Ward Pkwy
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COVID testing & Rapid testing near me in Kansas City, MO

Find and book COVID testing and rapid testing appointments in Kansas City and get same-day results. Convenient, top-rated providers with same-day testing.

COVID testing & Rapid testing near me in Kansas City, MO

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Carbon Health, Ward Park

Carbon Health

4.75(8 reviews)
8600 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 641148600 Ward Pkwy
OpenThu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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DispatchHealth, Kansas City

DispatchHealth

4.8(37k reviews)
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OpenThu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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NextCare Urgent Care, Ambassador

NextCare Urgent Care

4.39(6k reviews)
10015 N Ambassador Dr, Kansas City, MO 6415310015 N Ambassador Dr
OpenThu 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
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The staff is always friendly and helpful!!
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Carbon Health Urgent Care, Kansas City Overland Park

Carbon Health Urgent Care

5.0(6 reviews)
4817 W 119th St, Overland Park, KS 662094817 W 119th St
OpenThu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Very impressed with the care all the way through from the front desk to the X-ray tech to the PA. Fantastic.
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NextCare Urgent Care, Liberty

NextCare Urgent Care

4.38(4k reviews)
1860 N Church Rd, Liberty, MO 640681860 N Church Rd
OpenThu 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
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Very friendly and helpful. In and out quickly. Very thorough.
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NextCare Urgent Care, Lee's Summit

NextCare Urgent Care

4.53(5.5k reviews)
2741 NE McBaine Dr, Lee's Summit, MO 640642741 NE McBaine Dr
OpenThu 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
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Everyone is so nice. Unfortunately I left still not knowing what is wrong with me.
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NextCare Urgent Care, Leavenworth

NextCare Urgent Care

4.72(2.9k reviews)
1100 N 4th St, Leavenworth, KS 660481100 N 4th St
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The staff was very helpful, informative, and friendly. I really appreciate their kindness.
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GS Labs, Kansas City

GS Labs

4341 NE Chouteau Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 641174341 NE Chouteau Trafficway
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Texas MedClinic Urgent Care, IH 35 N / Hwy 46

Texas MedClinic Urgent Care

958 I-35, Kansas City, MO 64105958 I-35
OpenThu 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hope Faith

Hope Faith

705 Virginia Ave, Kansas City, MO 64106705 Virginia Ave
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Samuel U. Rodgers Health Clinic

Samuel U. Rodgers Health Clinic

825 Euclid Ave, Kansas City, MO 64124825 Euclid Ave
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CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy

2435 Independence Ave, Kansas City, MO 641242435 Independence Ave
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Walgreens

Walgreens

2501 Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO 641282501 Linwood Blvd
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Family Health Care

Family Health Care

340 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, KS 66103340 Southwest Blvd
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Walgreens

Walgreens

3845 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 641113845 Broadway Blvd
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CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy

3902 Main St, Kansas City, MO 641113902 Main St
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CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy

950 Minnesota Ave, Kansas City, KS 66101950 Minnesota Ave
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Walgreens

Walgreens

5400 Independence Ave, Kansas City, MO 641235400 Independence Ave
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Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City

Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City

4401 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 641114401 Wornall Rd
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Kansas City VA Medical Center

Kansas City VA Medical Center

4801 Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO 641284801 Linwood Blvd
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CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy

4300 Rainbow Blvd, Kansas City, KS 661034300 Rainbow Blvd
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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 Kansas City?

    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 Kansas City?

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

    COVID testing is available at many outlets near Kansas City 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 Kansas City?

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

    Same-day and next day appointments for COVID testing in Kansas City 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 Kansas City?

    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 Kansas City?

    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)

The front desk staff were some of the best and most friendly I’ve ever encountered. I don’t know how, at the end of the day and in today’s environment they do it. The NP was very quick and proficient and gave the covid test better than others I have had. Keep up the good work.

- Verified patient on 11/21

I have just returned home from a rather disturbing visit for a COVID test at your Ambassador location in Kansas City, MO. The person administering the test was spreading misinformation regarding COVID-19. She stated "everyone is going to get it" and that "it is just like a virus like the flu". When my entire family is in healthcare dealing with patients dying, you may want to reconsider having people conducting these tests spreading misinformation. She may want to get educated per the CDC website . Also, this is my 3rd rapid test but 1st test administered at NextCare. The staff doing the swab did not put the swab far back enough OR for the appropriate length of time. After her statements and the most likely incorrect swabbing technique, I am not confident in my results.

- Verified patient on 12/2

My family came for a covid test. I had assumed they wouldn't want us around the other patients. That wasn't the case at all. We stayed far away from everyone. The staff was friendly.

- Verified patient on 7/13

Although the wait time was long, the staff was supremely helpful, and kind. They were doing their best given the volume of walk ins they were dealing with. I appreciate all the staff I interacted with was trying to help speed up the time it was taking to have my covid testing done. All the women working today (November 12 at the ambassador location) are an asset to the NextCare team. Thank you!

- Verified patient on 11/12

I did not go inside. Did the curbside Covid testing and Kelly was wonderful.

- Verified patient on 5/19

Helped me get my covid test felt very welcome and plan on coming back in the future !

- Verified patient on 9/2

I have not received my authorization for a covid test

- Verified patient on 10/8

There was a delay for my appointment but that was understandable given the pandemic circumstances. It did appear that walk-ins were taken before people with appointments and that appts were not taken in order. The lady at the front desk was very nice. Best part of the experience The second person I dealt with (maybe Sarray?) i think was a nurse? She was not over the top friendly nor outgoing but she was fine. She got my vitals and did the COVID test and took me to another room to wait. Met my expectations for the most part. After about 20 minutes the door opened to the room and based on the paper that I was provided (with my negative Covid test ) I assume I was dealing with Kelly Steele? She stayed at the doorway of the room and said I was negative for Covid and was getting ready to leave. I was like “ OK I don’t have Covid but aren’t you going to examine me and are we going to have an office visit. What do I have?” I made this appointment at urgent care to be seen and have a healthcare provider examine me, diagnose me, ask me clarifying questions to help treat or diagnose my illness and perhaps prescribe something to give me some relief because over-the-counter medication‘s are not helping. This is the sickest I have been in years. I got none of that. I assumed I might also be tested for strep or bronchitis or flu? No. I have an extremely sore throat and I can barely talk so I cannot really effectively communicate how frustrated and concerned I was at the time. I was just shocked that I was being rushed out the door. Had I wanted a quicky Covid test I would’ve just gone to cvs.com and waited in my car and had a quick nasal swab. I was attempting to be seen and diagnosed by a qualified healthcare professional. Perhaps there was some mixup in communication but I thought it was pretty clear and pretty obvious that I was very sick. When i spoke up “ I thought I was here for a office visit to be seen for my health condition” She reluctantly examined me listened to my chest and had me open my mouth but it was a very rushed experience “going through the motions”. I definitely got the impression from her that she didn’t have time for this (it’s just a virus) and she didn’t think it was necessary and I just needed to go home because this is a virus. I felt rushed and dismissed. After some brief conversation she offered me a prescription for prednisone. (I felt like she was just trying to get rid of me) At this point it was better than the experience I was getting and so I took the prednisone prescription. She came back a couple of minutes later and she said “ok Robin, i’ve called your prescription into the pharmacy….” I explained that I am not Robin. Now at this point I’m wondering if she’s even treating the right patient. She returned with my prescription and again rushed me through the conversation. At this point I was done and I knew that I was not going to get effective care from her And then if I got worse I would just go to the ER. Based on my experience today I will never come back.

- Verified patient on 12/19

Covid test, quick and efficient.

- Verified patient on 9/10

I went in for a rapid covid test. Was notified within 2 hrs of having it done. Was very pleased

- Verified patient on 7/28

First world problem, really: the text message regarding wait cue was never updated. Said there were 34 people ahead of me. In and out in an hour for covid test. Overall good experience, considering why I was there

- Verified patient on 6/26

My appointment was very quick which was nice. I was there for a Covid test because of exposure. I felt that there should have at least been a vital measurement that was done, I didnt even have my temp taken. Everyone was very kind and quick but I feel there was a step missed.

- Verified patient on 7/15

I had to get a last minute covid test for travel. They was so nice and went out of their way to help me. Wonderful staff!!

- Verified patient on 9/4

I would only recommend more signage and/or communication regarding whether to come in for Covid testing. I waited in my car until after my actual appt time for further instructions, but finally just went inside when I didn't receive any.

- Verified patient on 4/2

The young male Lead at front desk was phenomenal!!! He was so very calm, kind and patient!! Some customers were grumpy, some were demanding, and of course no one in waiting room felt good. However, the Lead maintained a smile and joyful personality. I have ALWAYS been pleased with this location, but the Lead was so cordial and welcoming. He makes me want to come back here for my next health need. Then, the nurse that took us back and administered the Covid test was also very kind to us!! Thank you for such a positive experience during these troubled times of pandemic!!! This location has a very special group of people chosen for their patients!

- Verified patient on 7/19

Had to wait 20 mins besides having an appointment. They gave me a wrong answer in the Covid test result.

- Verified patient on 1/3

The front desk lady must have been having a bad day, because she was incredibly snippy and rude. Then when I got back to the room to get my COVID test the provider barely swabbed my nose, and the last doctor that performed a swab told me it was a minimum of 10 seconds each nostril. She didn’t go up very far or leave it in for more than like a split second so I’m not really convinced my results are going to be accurate. It wasn’t even vaguely uncomfortable, which had not been my experience with getting swabbed, so I’m not sure she did it right.

- Verified patient on 9/21

They wait was very long which is understandable it was covid testing the environment was friendly and clean. I was disappointed with the doctors bedside manner there was no introduction very in and out and he didn’t seem like he wanted to be there as a bedside healthcare worker that side should’ve never been shown to a patient no matter how his day was. Other than that staff was very nice and helpful.

- Verified patient on 7/13

Was there for COVID test very friendly professional staff

- Verified patient on 7/20

The receptionist complained the whole time we were there because patients kept coming in and she had no time to put people in the computer. It took her an hour to check us in which is really excessive considering I have been here before so was in the system. My daughter was a first-timer but it is still only 1 page of paper to key in. I will say the nurses were top notch and handled my nervous 7 year old very well. I did also notice that seeing as myself and most of the patients were there for Covid testing that not one seat or touch area was cleaned in the 2 hours we were there.

- Verified patient on 1/2

Kansas City 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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