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159 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011159 W 23rd St
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4.5(52 reviews)
159 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011159 W 23rd St
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4.8(245 reviews)
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414 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012414 W Broadway
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2.5(4 reviews)
217 Grand St, New York, NY 10013217 Grand St
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5.0(2 reviews)
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99 Nassau St, New York, NY 1003899 Nassau St
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330 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019330 W 58th St
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211 E 51st St, New York, NY 10022211 E 51st 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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1.0(1 reviews)
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201 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065201 E 65th St
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4.83(6 reviews)
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20 Meadowlands Pkwy, Secaucus, NJ 0709420 Meadowlands Pkwy
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3.4(5 reviews)
395 Pearl St, Brooklyn, NY 11201395 Pearl St
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1.0(1 reviews)
237 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211237 Grand St
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4.83(53 reviews)
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240 Atlantic Ave, Cobble Hill, NY 11201240 Atlantic Ave
OpenFri 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Highly recommend this urgent care. The excellent care and friendly staff makes the visit go smoothly and stress free. Knowing that the doctors treats your child as if they were they’re own.
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4.61(1k reviews)
1000 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 070301000 Washington St
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Attentive, professional staff; short wait time. Easy to schedule appts.
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4.81(4.6k reviews)
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309 1st St, Hoboken, NJ 07030309 1st St
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This is my favorite place to obtain care. The provider and staff are friendly. The examine room is extremely clean and the wait time is always super short when I use solve to book appointments online.
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4.92(817 reviews)
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309 1st St, Hoboken, NJ 07030309 1st St
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It was super convenient to book my appointment online in advance and was able to submit all paperwork and IDs directly. I used the virtual visit/telemedicine option and it was a very seamless experience. I was done in roughly 25 minutes from wait time, to completion of my appointment. The provider was friendly and very helpful, and was able to send in a prescription for my needs. I would definitely recommend.
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4.33(885 reviews)
3540 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 073073540 John F. Kennedy Blvd
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Very fast and efficient. Everyone was very knowledgeable and courteous.
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4.83(4.2k reviews)
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201 Marin Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07302201 Marin Blvd
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So efficient and good. The nurse and PA were both professional and had a great bedside manner. I felt heard and helped.
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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 staff was polite and efficient. The doctor was skillful and caring.
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4.58(503 reviews)
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301 54th St, West New York, NJ 07093301 54th St
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Very friendly and super fast, will definitely visit again
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4.91(542 reviews)
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555 West Side Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304555 West Side Ave
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COVID-19 Testing FAQs

  • How much does COVID testing cost in Hoboken?

    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 Hoboken?

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

    COVID testing is available at many outlets near Hoboken 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 Hoboken?

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

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

    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 Hoboken?

    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.

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- Verified patient on 4/8

The most efficient Covid testing facility! The team was friendly under pressure, explained the process, answered all questions and I’ll have the result before thanksgiving without having to start standing in line at 4:00am which was suggested by other hoboken Facilities-

- Verified patient on 11/21

Prompt MD in Hoboken is a reliable and efficient facility for covid testing.

- Verified patient on 9/20

After patiently waiting an hour past my appt time and not complaining once, I finally spoke up when someone with an appt after me got taken before me. I calmly addressed the front desk and said “I’m not trying to give you a hard time, but someone was taken before me and my appt is first.” To which she very nastily replied “relax” to which I said “you don’t need to tell me to relax I haven’t complained once I’m very calmly brining something to your attention” and I was then ignored. After some chaos behind the desk I was finally taken to a room for my Covid test. The nurse was very nice and quick. Apparently appointments mean nothing here and walk ins are served first. I would never come back here again. Very disappointed.

- Verified patient on 10/10

Maria was so wonderful and made the process with my COVID test very smooth. She explained everything very thoroughly. Thank you Maria!

- Verified patient on 12/5

Went for a rapid Covid test and the process was extremely efficient! The staff was on time, professional and friendly. Happy to have a very convenient testing resource in the neighborhood .

- Verified patient on 11/27

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- Verified patient on 2/9

Very quick to be seen for an impromptu COVID test.

- Verified patient on 1/11

Covid test.

- Verified patient on 1/2

Amazing. Worth the $125 for the rapid COVID test. Went right in to get tested and my results were ready 15 min later.

- Verified patient on 12/1

Got a covid test and spent more time filling out the paperwork than it took for the nurse to administer the test. Total breeze. Would recommend to anyone needing a test done on short notice.

- Verified patient on 4/22

It was great quick and easy now we hope we will get the COVID test results quickly too, in time for our trip Saturday morning! Results should be recieved by Friday night!

- Verified patient on 10/8

Everything was smooth. I had to wait longer for a walk in covid test. Maybe because this is an urgent care and it was a Saturday. Staff was very friendly.

- Verified patient on 10/30

Fast COVID testing. No wait

- Verified patient on 3/19

Well, I gotta say, the lovely Chris was very expeditious. Was done within 20 min start to finish for a rapid covid test required for me to work on different sites. The test itself was gentle, yet effective. Highly recommended.

- Verified patient on 12/8

I will never go back to CityMD again for covid tests and be put through that nightmare of waiting all day to hopefully get one. This place has online booking and I was in and out in one min.

- Verified patient on 10/20

Went for COVID test visit was excellent

- Verified patient on 1/20

Went in for a covid test on a Tuesday afternoon after got turned away by cityMD on 3rd and Washington (at capacity). PromptMD had no wait check in/registration was easy. I was also seen by a PA after the swab. She was super nice and answered all my questions. I got the test result the next day (negative). Very pleased with the service and care.

- Verified patient on 12/24

Organized system, very safe and effective covid testing procedures, friendly staff!

- Verified patient on 12/16

Covid testing is extremely fast and results come back quickly as well. Staff is efficient and friendly. Overall great experience.

- Verified patient on 12/28

Hoboken 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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