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2.25(4 reviews)
629 W 185th St, New York, NY 10033629 W 185th St
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2.25(4 reviews)
629 W 185th St, New York, NY 10033629 W 185th St
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4.81(67 reviews)
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203 E 109th St, New York, NY 10029203 E 109th St
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This place is convenient and excellent to visit for urgent care issues. Dr. Bhatt was very thorough and gracious with my grandson.
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330 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019330 W 58th St
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1.0(1 reviews)
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201 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065201 E 65th St
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4.8(464 reviews)
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243 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022243 E 60th St
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211 E 51st St, New York, NY 10022211 E 51st St
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5.0(6 reviews)
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2865 3rd Ave., The Bronx, NY 104552865 3rd Ave.
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2059 Hudson St, Fort Lee, NJ 070242059 Hudson St
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4.84(5.2k reviews)
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725 River Rd, Edgewater, NJ 07020725 River Rd
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Was attended to promptly during off peak hours. The provider and staff members were very amicable. Booking an appointment through the Solv app made the visit convenient and easily accessible, streamlining the booking process. Would recommend to family and friends.
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4.82(12k reviews)
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596 Anderson Ave, Cliffside Park, NJ 07010596 Anderson Ave
OpenWed 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Very efficient and staff are friendly and competent
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4.74(2.8k reviews)
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596 Anderson Ave, Cliffside Park, NJ 07010596 Anderson Ave
OpenWed 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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It was great ..... dr was polite and attentive
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4.53(38 reviews)
9225 John F. Kennedy Blvd, North Bergen, NJ 070479225 John F. Kennedy Blvd
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5.0(1 reviews)
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170 W 97th St, New York, NY 10025170 W 97th St
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Dominque was great, she took super good care of my son. He was very comfortable and happy with the staff.
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7405 Bergenline Ave, North Bergen, NJ 070477405 Bergenline Ave
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Amazing !! Very good customer services and knowledgeable skills
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4.79(14k reviews)
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7405 Bergenline Ave, North Bergen, NJ 070477405 Bergenline Ave
OpenWed 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
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The place is very clean and the staff is very friendly. my waiting time was less than 15 minutes without an appointment. I was very surprised about that. The doctor was also very nice and explained everything to me and asked me if I have any questions for him. He did not make you feel like he was rushing to get to the next patient. I appreciated that very much. I will definitely go back for any urgent care.
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4.58(235 reviews)
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1711 3rd Ave, New York, NY 100291711 3rd Ave
OpenWed 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Fast friendly service. I go every 2 weeks to get tested

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301 54th St, West New York, NJ 07093301 54th St
OpenWed 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
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Very friendly and super fast, will definitely visit again
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4.84(1.5k reviews)
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4100 Park Ave, Weehawken, NJ 070864100 Park Ave
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The entire staff is really nice I always feel really comfortable coming here
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361 E Fordham Rd, Bronx, NY 10458361 E Fordham Rd
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20 Meadowlands Pkwy, Secaucus, NJ 0709420 Meadowlands Pkwy
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Latest COVID-19 Testing Updates

Oct 31, 2022
A surge in respiratory syncytial virus is putting severe strain on children's hospitals nationwide. Hospitals first began seeing the unseasonable RSV rise in August. Now, many are reporting a case increase of over 300 percent compared to last month. (Becker's)
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COVID-19 Testing FAQs

  • How much does COVID testing cost in Edgewater?

    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 Edgewater?

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

    COVID testing is available at many outlets near Edgewater 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 Edgewater?

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

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

    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 Edgewater?

    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-19 Testing Reviews (20)

Professional and attentive staff and quick service. I came for Covid testing, and it was my 1st time there. Loved it!

- Verified patient on 10/18

My professional experience started when I walked in the door. I wish I remember the name of one person at the front desk answered so many questions fir me with a smile. The Doctor made me feel comfortable as well as the person who did my COVID test. What a great personality and professionalism by all! I will not go anywhere else but to this site.

- Verified patient on 11/23

Greatful for the virtual line. Allowed me to go home for a few hours and come back for my COVId test appointment. Staff was great.

- Verified patient on 1/12

The staff is always so nice and happy to answer any questions I have. The current system in place for COVID testing went exactly as they explained it would. Highly recommend this location!

- Verified patient on 11/29

Went in for COVID test, both the nasal swab and the antibody test. Processing was very prompt and cordial.

- Verified patient on 9/22

First went to cityMD were they told me it was a 45 minute wait. An hour later they told me it would be at least an hour more. Their rapid Covid test will take 30 minutes and PCR will take 5 to 7 days. I left and found prompt MD. It was easy to register, your website told me how many people were before me, the text I received was from an actual person. Your rapid test took 10 minutes which is important because I was there with my child and your PCR will take 2 days. I was pulling back into my driveway when I received a text from city MD that they were ready for me. Will always go yo you instead. Thank you.

- Verified patient on 3/18

Great staff and very accurate and punctual w covid test timing and availability

- Verified patient on 12/2

Too long a wait and too much papwrwork to get a Covid test, but the staff and service were excellent, as was the delivery of the service.

- Verified patient on 10/16

It was my 1st getting the nose swab Covid test. Honestly the nurse gave examples of what to expect and they were right on point. Plus she was really gentle while the sample was being taken. It really wasn’t bad at all. Not sure why everyone gets all worked up it about the nose swab because that’s a much more accurate test if I’m gonna be tested. I recommend anyone interested in getting tested this facility is the place to go. The one in Edgewater, by Trader Joe’s. Just before you go down to the office, 1st download the Solv app to your phone. Once you go inside you put in your phone number into the iPad. Really easy and safe to check in. Then you fill out the rest of your information from the privacy of your car. Takes about 3-5 minutes. After that you see your place in line which is kinda cool. The office will text you once they have a room ready for you to come inside. Your test results will be emailed to you generally in about 1-2 days depending on how many people are being tested in that period of time. I recommend this place if your interested in being tested. Thumbs up.

- Verified patient on 1/15

It was a long wait time - but you can bypass the line if you don’t need a covid test. Doctor was amazing, this will be my new go to place.

- Verified patient on 11/17

2nd time in for covid testing for work. Very nice and professional staff

- Verified patient on 12/17

Very detailed oriented Friendly Clean and the Covid test did not hurt at all!!

- Verified patient on 10/12

The doctor was amazing with my son. He was getting a PCR covid test snd she answered all of his questions.

- Verified patient on 11/19

Genesis who performed my covid test was fantastic and if my senses are right under that mask is a very sexy woman. In life you have to take shots or you’ll never know what could have been. I didn’t want to hit on her in her workplace so if she wants my number do me a solid and give it to her ✊🏻🤷🏻‍♂️

- Verified patient on 12/11

I needed a COVID test. I’ve been here before and I would highly recommend this Prompt MD

- Verified patient on 2/27

Manager was extremely pleasant as was the medical professional who administered the COVID test. Secretary was somewhat sarcastic.

- Verified patient on 4/6

Covid test was very fast and professional

- Verified patient on 1/13

I love the fact that we did not have to stand outside in the cold weather in order to check in. Also it’s very good that we were able to leave the site while we waited. I understand that you are overworked and there are just too many people that need the Covid test. But, I was there at 7:30 in the morning and did not get called in until 1:30 in the afternoon. Is there a way to sign in on the computer without having to physically be there first.? Once I got in. It was a wonderful experience. Everyone deserves a gold star!

- Verified patient on 11/17

Asymptotic covid test. Love the app to let you know when to arrive, but the wait is still long for busy days. Everyone was very friendly.

- Verified patient on 12/14

Even though the facility didn’t open until 8am, I arrived to stand in line at 6:10am and was #2 in line. At 7:10am, the owner came out to instruct those in line to download the app and begin filling out paperwork to get the process started. At 7:20am one of the medical staff came out to tell everyone who had registered on the app that they were now officially in the system and we could wait in our cars to be called in. I was called in at @ 8:15a. The Covid test took 5-10 mins and I was ten free to go with test results expected in 3 days. Very efficient...

- Verified patient on 11/19

Edgewater 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.

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