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Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, Midtown

Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care

4.8(6.3k reviews)
445 S Kings Dr, Charlotte, NC 28204445 S Kings Dr
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COVID testing & Rapid testing near me in Charlotte, NC

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

COVID testing & Rapid testing near me in Charlotte, NC

Find and book COVID testing and rapid testing appointments in Charlotte and get same-day results. Convenient, top-rated providers with same-day testing.
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Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, Midtown

Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care

4.8(6.3k reviews)
445 S Kings Dr, Charlotte, NC 28204445 S Kings Dr
OpenThu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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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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Urgent Care 24/7, Charlotte

Urgent Care 24/7

1726 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 282041726 E 7th St
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AFC Urgent Care, Monroe Rd.

AFC Urgent Care

4.84(2.3k reviews)
4128 Monroe Rd, Charlotte, NC 282054128 Monroe Rd
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This was an excellent experience. Went to get a rapid test for travel. Staff were very nice and helpful. They went an extra mile to get me sorted out. Would recommend them anytime.
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Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, Park Road

Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care

4.9(1.8k reviews)
4304 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 282094304 Park Rd
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AFC Urgent Care , Tyvola Rd

AFC Urgent Care

4.9(148 reviews)
440 Tyvola Rd, Charlotte, NC 28217440 Tyvola Rd
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I loved excellent service very professional and friendly
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Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, Quail Hollow

Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care

4.9(7.9k reviews)
8450 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 282108450 Park Rd
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Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, Berewick

Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care

4.9(3.6k reviews)
4815 Berewick Town Center Dr, Charlotte, NC 282784815 Berewick Town Center Dr
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Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, Mountain Island

Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care

3.9(93 reviews)
3500 Mt Holly-Huntersville Rd, Charlotte, NC 282163500 Mt Holly-Huntersville Rd
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AFC Urgent Care, South Charlotte

AFC Urgent Care

4.8(4.6k reviews)
10102 Johnston Rd, Charlotte, NC 2821010102 Johnston Rd
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Recent patient review

Very good care as usual. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The only issue was the wait time of 50 minutes which far exceeded our experiences there in the past. I understand that that happens when another patient has priority needs.
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Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, Matthews

Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care

4.8(7.8k reviews)
9600 E Independence Blvd, Matthews, NC 281059600 E Independence Blvd
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Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, Harrisburg

Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care

4.8(4.6k reviews)
9550 Rocky River Rd, Charlotte, NC 282159550 Rocky River Rd
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Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, Mint Hill

Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care

3.5(127 reviews)
11300 Cresthill Dr, Mint Hill, NC 2822711300 Cresthill Dr
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Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, Ballantyne

Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care

4.8(4.7k reviews)
15235 John J Delaney Dr, Charlotte, NC 2827715235 John J Delaney Dr
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VaxVan by MVS, Concord

VaxVan by MVS

4.75(363 reviews)
5620 Concord Pkwy S, Concord, NC 280275620 Concord Pkwy S
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The staff were very nice and helpful! There was a slight hiccup with receiving the test results, but they did work with me to fix it. They were really busy right before the holidays and were still able to help out. Thanks!!
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Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, Steele Creek

Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care

4.8(4.1k reviews)
13129 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28278791513129 S Tryon St
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Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, Waverly

Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care

4.9(9.7k reviews)
11840 Southmore Dr, Charlotte, NC 2827711840 Southmore Dr
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AFC Urgent Care, Ballantyne

AFC Urgent Care

4.83(1.7k reviews)
16704 Hawfield Way Dr, Charlotte, NC 2827716704 Hawfield Way Dr
OpenThu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Tops in all areas.Very happy with the care given
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AFC Urgent Care, Indian Trail

AFC Urgent Care

4.82(2.3k reviews)
14001 E Independence Blvd, Indian Trail, NC 2807914001 E Independence Blvd
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The staff was very friendly and helpful with my situation. They seem to work well together! I highly recommend this facility for any needs you may have!
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Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, Huntersville

Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care

4.8(4.9k reviews)
9121 Sam Furr Rd, Huntersville, NC 280789121 Sam Furr Rd
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AFC Urgent Care, Gastonia

AFC Urgent Care

4.78(4k reviews)
1908 E Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC 280541908 E Franklin Blvd
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Staff was very kind and caring.
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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 Charlotte?

    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 Charlotte?

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

    COVID testing is available at many outlets near Charlotte 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 Charlotte?

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

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

    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 Charlotte?

    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)

Always dependable to get me in for Covid testing when I am exposed at work. Wait times are a little long but worth it to get in same day! 3rd visit for this purpose and I would say it takes about 45 minutes each time. Not awful but something to keep in mind if you are on a time crunch.

- Verified patient on 8/28

Quick and easy and everyone was very friendly. I had never heard of this place before but needed a rapid covid test and found this through google. I highly recommend.

- Verified patient on 7/27

Was very easy to make a COVID testing appt online. They texted when they were ready for us to come inside because I didn't want to wait inside with my young daughter. Once we were taken back, we only waited a few minutes before the tech came in and swabbed my daughter. We got results very quickly and left.

- Verified patient on 11/7

My brother and I went to Afc for covid testing in July and it was quick clean and efficient. We meet Dr. Wyn. He thought my brothers cough sounded bad and did a chest xray. My brother has stage 3a lung cancer. We had gone to our primary care 3 times for the cough and my brother was told it was allergies. Without Dr. Wyn my brothers cancer would have been found to late. The doctors think they caught it just in time to save him. I went back to afc this morning and met Dr. Kelly, Suzette was my nurse. I have a sty and Dr. Kelly and his nurse were great. Afc is the only urgent care I will ever go to. Once you enter Afc everyone from the girls in the front to the doctors and nurses are top notch. I couldn't ask for better care.

- Verified patient on 9/12

I cannot say enough good things about our experience. In today's environment, it is hard to focus on good or positive things. During our family's COVID testing, the staff did everything possible to inform, reassure and comfort our family. This made the situation much more manageable for us. Thanks for everything that y'all do.

- Verified patient on 7/27

I was able to make a last minute Covid test appointment. The site was well regulated and clearly had a plan in place to handle the situation. I thanked the staff members for being there and being on the front line, but they all said they wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

- Verified patient on 12/2

Came for rapid Covid test. Very professional young man came to my car, provided sign in information, returned quickly with nasal testing. On time and less than 10 minutes to competition.

- Verified patient on 11/24

The staff was awesome! Lalaya got my daughter signed in so fast. They were busy, but Marie got us back fast. Seiji answered all my questions and told what I should do. He really made me feel comfortable. Highly recommend this urgent care for COVID testing and any non emergency needs.

- Verified patient on 12/8

We went on short notice with an appointment for a Covid Rapid Test. The lady who checked us in was extremely nice very thorough explaining their service and quickly helped us with the necessary forms. We waited in our car until we were notified by text when they were ready for us. We were quickly escorted to the patient room, where 2 very pleasant ladies went through their process, checked our vitals then performed the Covid Test. We waited about 15 minutes for the results. Another person, probably a P.A., came in with our results explained them for us and even checked my blood pressure again! She was also super nice, very knowledgeable and answered questions. Overall we were impressed with the AFC operation! Well done ladies! We will return to them next time we need care!

- Verified patient on 8/5

Everyone was friendly & made my first covid test experience very comfortable and easy for me! Nikki was my nurse & was great! Thank you!

- Verified patient on 6/21

James Ho MD It’s the Doctor Who discussed my results of a rapid Covid test. Thankfully it was negative. Dr. Ho was able to answer my numerous questions with patience and understanding. He was extremely pleasant. I didn’t take the time to get the name of the nurse who assisted in the process but she also was patient, pleasant & kind.

- Verified patient on 1/4

Went for a rapid covid test for travel. Everyone friendly and helpful, short wait time (5 min), answered all my questions and results in 15 min. Awesome, highly recommend!

- Verified patient on 11/14

The staff were very friendly and patient with my son. I will definitely bring him back next time we need urgent care or a COVID test.

- Verified patient on 10/27

Went in for a Covid test. Staff was great and extremely friendly. The wait was a little longer than I expected, but I think it had more to do with Covid precautions.

- Verified patient on 11/18

Walked in for COVID test, staff did excellent job accommodate me and gave me the results I about 20 minutes!!! I am impressed! Very professional, friendly , and made me feel taken care off , gave me a sense of security. All ambience was setup to make you feel in a save place. Thank you!

- Verified patient on 8/29

The nurse Nikki was so patient and kind with my 6 year old who was terrified of the Covid test. She called his nerves and was amazing. Very patient and kind doctor as well. Clean facility and very friendly front desk staff!

- Verified patient on 8/17

Had appts for family COVID tests (for travel authorization), easy labs... because we had to get my daughter home in 45 mins to take test for remote school. Arrived 10 mins early to appt as requested by facility. Waited 40 mins!!+ to get quick test, then had to wait for Dr (not sure why, to see if we had any questions). Needless to say she missed her school test, struggle to get it rescheduled. Overall, Staff was great, waiting was ridiculous!!! Especially when we had appts! Bummer!

- Verified patient on 11/17

Went for covid testing with symptoms so qualified for walk-in appointment; given current outbreak the wait time was very reasonable. Staff and doctor were very friendly and helpful. Check in process could be streamlined; once checked in waiting in car in parking lot is comfortable with effective sms notification when ready.

- Verified patient on 1/1

My wife and I had to have a COVID test for traveling. The office and staff were very friendly. This is the best urgent care I have ever been to.

- Verified patient on 8/31

I didn't rate wait time because there was a very long wait time due to tons of people showing up to get COVID testing. I was one of the last ones seen and had waited a long time but the staff was very organized and pleasant even though it had been a very long, busy day for them.

- Verified patient on 12/31

Charlotte 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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