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NextCare Urgent Care, Shelby

NextCare Urgent Care

4.69(4.6k reviews)
419 Earl Rd, Shelby, NC 28150419 Earl Rd
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NextCare Urgent Care, Shelby

NextCare Urgent Care

4.69(4.6k reviews)
419 Earl Rd, Shelby, NC 28150419 Earl Rd
OpenSun 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Wait was not as long as I had feared. They got me in as quickly as they could. Everyone was friendly and helpful.

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NextCare Urgent Care, Gastonia

NextCare Urgent Care

4.73(5k reviews)
3680 Robinwood Rd, Gastonia, NC 280543680 Robinwood Rd
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Thank you, NextCare Urgent Care. You guys are very efficient and professional. You’re Great!

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AFC Urgent Care, Gastonia

AFC Urgent Care

4.78(4.1k reviews)
1908 E Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC 280541908 E Franklin Blvd
OpenSun 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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, Hickory

AFC Urgent Care

4.82(989 reviews)
955 2nd St NE, Hickory, NC 28601955 2nd St NE
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Great experience, we were in and out in under 30 minutes, provider and MA were awesome with my 5 year old daughter. Would definitely come back.
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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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CLECO Primary Care Network

CLECO Primary Care Network

808 Schenck St, Shelby, NC 28150808 Schenck St
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Walgreens

Walgreens

820 N Dekalb St, Shelby, NC 28150820 N Dekalb St
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Labcorp

Labcorp

809 N Lafayette St, Shelby, NC 28150809 N Lafayette St
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Cleveland County Health Department

Cleveland County Health Department

200 Wheatfield Dr., Shelby, NC 28150200 Wheatfield Dr.
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CVS, MinuteClinic

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105 E College Ave, Boiling Springs, NC 28152105 E College Ave
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CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy

1017 Shelby Rd, Kings Mountain, NC 280861017 Shelby Rd
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Walmart, Neighborhood Market

Walmart

1011 Shelby Rd, Kings Mountain, NC 280861011 Shelby Rd
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Walgreens

900 Shelby Rd, Kings Mountain, NC 28086900 Shelby Rd
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CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy

902 Gastonia Hwy, Bessemer City, NC 28016902 Gastonia Hwy
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ReGenesis Health Care, Gaffney Health Center

ReGenesis Health Care

1341 N Limestone St, Gaffney, SC 293401341 N Limestone St
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837 W Floyd Baker Blvd, Gaffney, SC 29341837 W Floyd Baker Blvd
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Spartanburg Regional - Cherokee

Spartanburg Regional - Cherokee

200 N Limestone St, Gaffney, SC 29340200 N Limestone St
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CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy

1850 W Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC 280521850 W Franklin Blvd
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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 Shelby?

    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 Shelby?

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

    COVID testing is available at many outlets near Shelby 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 Shelby?

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

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

    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 Shelby?

    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)

Called and asked about covid antibody testing...for previous infection. Filled out form for antibody test. NO symptoms or exposure. I was told the test could not be done because they are useless and I am vaccinated. However, the "nurse" told me vaccines only last 3 months and claimed she had covid 2x and test negative for antibodies because they only last 3 months too. Somehow it ended with me being tested for covid with no symptoms, I did not request a covid test, I had no known exposure. The doctor was very informative and explained the antibody test would be positive because of the vaccine. However I still feel as if no one read my paperwork at all. I NEVER said i was there for a covid test. This confusion I believe was based on the over crowded office and the nurse who brought me in and never shut enough about herself to listen to me.

- Verified patient on 8/8

Nurse and doctors were extremely nice. My app was at 9:30 and I was seen and out by 10:30 which I thought was great. Had to take covid test and get chest x rays and was out in an hour I thought that was pretty good. 5 stars!!

- Verified patient on 10/9

We come up there for a covid test we had to wait a little bit there was a lot of people getting their tests as well but we waited patiently and we got our test done and loved the staff they was great at everything and explained everything and yes we will come back

- Verified patient on 12/30

Went to have a Covid test, it was quick, I was only there about 30 minutes, the bad part is I have Covid.

- Verified patient on 1/14

I was a work in Covid test. Quick and easy. Results in 20 mins.

- Verified patient on 12/8

Came for COVID test.Have sinus infection.Test was negative.Md would not treat sinus infection but said I could go back to work after being f ver free for 24 hours.How can I be if I have an infection that is not being treated.I’m sick and needed antibiotics but he refused.So I’m still sick and without treatment I won’t be back.This is shameful.

- Verified patient on 1/29

Came to the care for covid testing she was gentle and sweet. Dr came out to see us. He listened to us and was awesome.

- Verified patient on 9/8

Covid Test ,, all staff were courteous and professional

- Verified patient on 9/14

Drive up COVID TEST WAS CONVENIENT and staff was very polite and professional.

- Verified patient on 1/4

Went for a rapid Covid test and was pleasantly surprised at how quick the process was

- Verified patient on 8/19

Rapid Covid testing so expected a long wait.

- Verified patient on 10/18

The doctor came in and give me COVID-19 test results , I didn’t take a COVID test. He mixed me up with another patient . Then when he came back in he wasn’t concerned with the reason I was there he just wanted to push COVID exposure.

- Verified patient on 11/28

They honestly never give you an answer as to what could be going on. They seem unknowing on anything other than COVID as possible illnesses. I have tried to get help a few times with different providers from this facility and once a covid test is negative they seem genuinely lost and kind of randomly throwing possible medications at you without even telling you what could be wrong. Pretty much make you deal with whatever you have going on by yourself if you don't want to spend $1,000's at a hospital.

- Verified patient on 10/9

Very quickly seen pleasant experience even with fear of COVID test results looming in my mind! They saw me quickly and it was a short visit with prompt results

- Verified patient on 8/20

An expected long wait for Covid Testing, but the line was horrendous. The staff was amazing at moving through the volume of patients. I’d recommend to everyone!

- Verified patient on 6/19

Curbside covid test so I didnt go inside

- Verified patient on 10/14

We did a curbside Covid test. I expected to wait and we did but the staff were super friendly and the Doctor very helpful.

- Verified patient on 9/23

The only change I can think that could be made was that we be told we could leave and continue to watch the que. I waited for over 7 hours for a COVID test and I would have left to go home and come back closer to when my number was number 8 or 10 in the que. I would have even been okay with people in their cars that were symptomatic going first. There were some Sick people That waited in their cars for a long time. Thank you again for all the work you are doing.

- Verified patient on 10/9

Went for COVID test, staff was extremely friendly and nice. The wait time was very good also.

- Verified patient on 9/24

My wait time was around two and a half hours. Facility was extremely busy with asymptomatic covid testing. I was informed of the wait time and the front staff offered to give me a call when it was my turn if I would rather wait in my car. And they did! The nurse and physician gave me their full attention and did so with kindness. I didn't feel rushed or unheard. Very appreciative.

- Verified patient on 8/26

Shelby 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 Aug 25, 22

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