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COVID Clinic, Chesapeake, VA

COVID Clinic

1.67(3 reviews)
1401 Greenbrier Pkwy, Chesapeake, VA 233201401 Greenbrier Pkwy
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COVID testing & Rapid testing near me in Elizabeth City, NC

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

COVID testing & Rapid testing near me in Elizabeth City, NC

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

NextCare Urgent Care

4.67(8k reviews)
615 S Hughes Blvd, Elizabeth City, NC 27909615 S Hughes Blvd
OpenTue 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
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COVID Clinic, Chesapeake, VA

COVID Clinic

1.67(3 reviews)
1401 Greenbrier Pkwy, Chesapeake, VA 233201401 Greenbrier Pkwy
OpenTue 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Albemarle VA Clinic

Albemarle VA Clinic

1845 W City Dr, Elizabeth City, NC 279091845 W City Dr
OpenTue 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Pasquotank Co. Health Dept.

Pasquotank Co. Health Dept.

711 Roanoke Ave, Elizabeth City, NC 27909711 Roanoke Ave
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Sentara Healthcare Family Medicine Physicians

Sentara Healthcare Family Medicine Physicians

100 Medical Dr, Elizabeth City, NC 27909100 Medical Dr
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Sentara Albermarle Medical Center

Sentara Albermarle Medical Center

1144 N Road St, Elizabeth City, NC 279091144 N Road St
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Albemarle Regional Health Services, Camden Co. Health Dept.

Albemarle Regional Health Services

160 US-158, Camden, NC 27921160 US-158
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Albemarle Regional Health Services, Perquimans Co. Health Dept.

Albemarle Regional Health Services

103 Arpdc St, Hertford, NC 27944103 Arpdc St
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Albemarle Regional Health Services, Currituck Co. Health Dept.

Albemarle Regional Health Services

2795 Caratoke Hwy, Currituck, NC 279292795 Caratoke Hwy
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Albemarle Regional Health Services, Chowan Co. Health Dept.

Albemarle Regional Health Services

202 W Hicks St, Edenton, NC 27932202 W Hicks St
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MTW District Health - Tyrrell Co. Health Center

MTW District Health - Tyrrell Co. Health Center

208 Bridge St, Columbia, NC 27925208 Bridge St
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Albemarle Regional Health Services, Gates Co. Health Dept.

Albemarle Regional Health Services

29 Medical Center Rd, Gates, NC 2793729 Medical Center Rd
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Patient First Primary and Urgent Care

Patient First Primary and Urgent Care

3.63(23 reviews)
1239 Cedar Rd, Chesapeake, VA 233221239 Cedar Rd
OpenTue 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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I called ahead to this location and was told there were about nine people already waiting to be seen, and that that was consistent for the day up to my call. I also tried calling other locations without any success - the phone number was bad or nobody answered the call. So I went and was pleasantly surprised to see only one person in the lobby. I was assisted much sooner than expected. The longest delay was waiting for the doctor to arrive in my room, but even that was not too long. I left the building feeling very good about the services at this location.
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Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center - Creswell Primary Care

Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center - Creswell Primary Care

9500 NC-94, Creswell, NC 279289500 NC-94
OpenTue 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Patient First Primary and Urgent Care , Battlefield

Patient First Primary and Urgent Care

2.83(24 reviews)
705 N Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23320705 N Battlefield Blvd
OpenTue 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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CVS, MinuteClinic

CVS

1329 Kempsville Rd, Chesapeake, VA 233201329 Kempsville Rd
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NowCare Urgent Care

NowCare Urgent Care

3.67(9 reviews)
725 Volvo Pkwy, Chesapeake, VA 23320725 Volvo Pkwy
OpenTue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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When they answered the phone, very professional. Very kind, answered question about Covid test for travel. Went for testing, quick and had results properly filled out for cruising. Can’t thank them enough for their help.
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The Outer Banks Hospital Urgent Care Center, Kitty Hawk

The Outer Banks Hospital Urgent Care Center

5112 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC 279495112 N Croatan Hwy
OpenTue 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Everyone was friendly, easy going. Wait time was under one hour although they said that was a sliding scale depending on the kinds of cases/patients being seen to at that time. As in when it’s your turn you want them to be patient and take as much time as needed for you to be diagnosed and receive explanations. There was no rushing us!
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CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy

2981 S Military Hwy, Chesapeake, VA 233232981 S Military Hwy
OpenTue 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy

2089 Salem Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 234562089 Salem Rd
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Latest COVID Testing Updates

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COVID Testing FAQs

  • How much does COVID testing cost in Elizabeth 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 Elizabeth 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 Elizabeth 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 Elizabeth City?

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

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

    Same-day and next day appointments for COVID testing in Elizabeth 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 Elizabeth 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 Elizabeth 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)

I went in as a walk in for a COVID test. The wait was a bit long but thats to be expected. The staff were all very nice and polite. Once I was tested, I was out of there quickly.

- Verified patient on 1/4

The administrative staff is rude, loud & unprofessional. They were hollering through the building to each other what they were going to order for lunch. I was in for a Covid test and things were so lax, I’m confident if I didn’t have it I probably do now. Very disheartening!!!

- Verified patient on 1/14

I went for a COVID test. Very easy. There was a wait but I expected that. I didn’t have to get out to my ca.

- Verified patient on 11/13

Made an appointment for a COVID Test. Minimal wait time, great communication and a friendly and professional staff.

- Verified patient on 12/18

It says the reason for my visit was COVID. It was NOT, I was there for a possible sinus infection. A COVID test was done. I had no fever or sore throat but have had a sinus headache every morning for over a week and my nose is dry and has dried blood in the morning. Told the doctor I’ve used a saline solution and he commented that was good. He checked my throat and ears and his comment was he doesn’t know what to write. The nurse was great taking vitals and the nasal swab. I checked in with staff by phone at 10:55am. At 1:20pm I got a text I was checked in at 1:20pm. And I see the results say my visit was completed at 3:20pm. It was NOT. I came in to ask to go to the bathroom since I’d been waiting in the parking lot since 11am. I then sat in the lobby and the link showed there were 2 patients ahead of me. I was still in the lobby at 7:45pm when they locked the front doors. I left the parking lot at 8:44pm.

- Verified patient on 12/15

Wait time for covid test was much less than u expected. Care of nursing staff was very good. Staff listened and gave clear instructions in what to expect and what i should do going forward. Very good overall experience

- Verified patient on 11/21

I went there to receive a covid test due to travel. I told the nurse what test I wanted but when the PA came to see me and informed me that I had the wrong test, I could hear the woman behind the door getting testy. She said “Well that’s not what she ordered through the phone..” I apologized because I felt like I had inconvenienced them, but at the end of the day, I am human, we make mistakes. Her comment wasn’t necessary. I checked in at 6p and was seen at 7p.

- Verified patient on 10/20

The visit went so smooth. For being pregnant the rapid COVID test was really relieving to get my results so fast. Staff was supper nice and Courteous.

- Verified patient on 9/29

COVID tested. Only disappointment was NO rapid testing, but understandable. Staff great!

- Verified patient on 12/3

Had COVID test nurse and Dr very friendly and professional. Schedule appt was easy

- Verified patient on 11/5

COVID testing. Facility cleanliness not applicable. Staff friendly, informative. 2.5 hour wait through entire process but immediate results satisfying. One of the few places we could get tested for travel. Don’t want to spread the COVID!!!!

- Verified patient on 10/29

Had Covid test in car. Don't know about inside cleanliness. Very pleasant experience under circumstance for visit. Staff was very calming.

- Verified patient on 10/8

Made appointments which helped us stream through the process of COVID testing! 40 minutes in the car line and results in hand after 15 minute testing method!

- Verified patient on 11/9

I am so grateful to the awesome staff at NextCare Urgent Care. I was visiting the area and was notified that I needed a COVID TEST! I received my test results in 20 minutes.

- Verified patient on 7/29

Easy check in, quick COVID testing, friendly staff

- Verified patient on 1/19

Came in for Covid test so I could get on a plane the next day! They put me through as quays they could!

- Verified patient on 6/2

Needed a quick Covid test because I’m a caregiver for 90 and 85yr olds. The whole process from my first call to the final results plus remedies for my cold, took 2 hours. Very courteous staff!

- Verified patient on 10/23

Everything was great besides the walk in process for Covid test. I was waiting at the office since 7:30, started calling at 8:00 and took 70 calls-20 minutes to connect to someone. Then once I finally was connected I was told to await a call from the doctor and wasn’t placed on the wait list until 9:59 and there were 26 walk-ins in front of me by that time. Roughly an hour and a half after I called to be placed on the wait list.

- Verified patient on 12/18

Came for a COVID test and the experience was very easy. The staff was great.

- Verified patient on 3/7

Drive through covid test, quick service, friendly service. Thank you.

- Verified patient on 7/15

Elizabeth 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 Sep 25, 22

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