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18653 Wedge Pkwy, Reno, NV 8951118653 Wedge Pkwy
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4.73(11 reviews)
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6255 Sharlands Ave., Reno, NV 895236255 Sharlands Ave.
OpenTue 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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All staff were excellent except Kristie Essa, NP. She told me to stay home through Monday yet told me that Urgent Care does not provide work excuse notes which is not true so she changed her story and said she doesn’t provide them. Why would you tell someone its best to stay home yet not provide the backup they may need for work. And i wasnt there for a work note i was making sure i wasnt positive for the flu anymore before I return to work. My visit on may 1st was fantastic not so much yesterday
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4.66(35 reviews)
5067 S McCarran Blvd, Reno, NV 895025067 S McCarran Blvd
OpenTue 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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From the moment I walked in I was acknowledged. My wait time was less than 10 minutes and I was early for my appointment. All the staff was friendly which was a pleasant change. Once in the appointment room, the doctor came in shortly there after not leaving me to sit for 45 minutes. I found the whole experience very comfortable. I would highly recommend their office and I will go back for any future needs.
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4.83(950 reviews)
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5575 Kietzke Ln, Reno, NV 895115575 Kietzke Ln
OpenTue 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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My child was called back in less than 15 minutes and the nurse and doctor showed her the most kindness ♥ and prescribed her what he thought she needed right away.
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3.5(6 reviews)
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5070 Ion Dr, Sparks, NV 894365070 Ion Dr
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5.0(2 reviews)
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280 Vista Knoll Pkwy, Reno, NV 89506280 Vista Knoll Pkwy
OpenTue 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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4.33(24 reviews)
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5265 Vista Blvd, Sparks, NV 894365265 Vista Blvd
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After several attempts to connect-we finally did! Staff and doctor were fabulous. Quick and courteous. Really great experience.

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4.76(2.1k reviews)
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5265 Vista Blvd, Sparks, NV 894365265 Vista Blvd
OpenTue 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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This was my second visit for my 1 year old and I was very impressed again! All the staff are super friendly and accommodating, especially the front desk girls. I’m so glad to find a convenient place that actually cares for patients!
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3.0(4 reviews)
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18653 Wedge Pkwy, Reno, NV 8951118653 Wedge Pkwy
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5.0(2 reviews)
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2310 S Carson St, Carson City, NV 897012310 S Carson St
OpenTue 7:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 3:30 pm
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4.74(7.1k reviews)
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975 Ryland St, Reno, NV 89502975 Ryland St
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It was a great experience love the people that worked there thank you so much

4.22(521 reviews)
651 Orchard St, Reno, NV 89509651 Orchard St
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I was able to choose a Quest lab location and schedule an appointment. Check in was easy, and I only needed to provide my name and DOB. They were able to locate my order in their system. They were already aware that my labs were paid for prior to the appointment. I had my labs done on a Wednesday, and I received my results by Saturday. Great experience.

4.81(4.2k reviews)
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4791 Summit Ridge Dr, Reno, NV 895234791 Summit Ridge Dr
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I was impressed with the whole experience. Staff, wait time, cleanliness, etc. I was particularly impressed with the physician assistant who was extremely thorough and followed up with me with my test results! Thank you Urgent Care at the Summit facility.

4.79(4.7k reviews)
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1075 N Hills Blvd, Reno, NV 895061075 N Hills Blvd
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Unlike any other urgent care, I’ve been to! Everybody was kind and courteous, and truly showed me that they cared about me. Wait time was minimal and I will definitely continue using this location

4.29(577 reviews)
8902 N MERIDIAN ST, Reno, NV 895028902 N MERIDIAN ST
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I would 100% recommend this company to anyone wanting to check their health status. The process was incredibly easy and done through certified labs. The results are frequently back by the next day.

4.71(6.3k reviews)
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202 Los Altos Pkwy, Sparks, NV 89436202 Los Altos Pkwy
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I had a pos+ home Covid test about 7 days before I came in. I could not stop coughing. There was not a lot of people in the waiting room, I was called in a very short time. Dr was very good. Very attentive and accomodating.
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4.77(6k reviews)
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910 Vista Blvd, Sparks, NV 89434910 Vista Blvd
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I had a very pleasant experience. My wait time was minimal.Provider and staff were very friendly.

4.24(585 reviews)
3434 Regency Park Dr, Reno, NV 895213434 Regency Park Dr
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I highly recommend for anyone thinking of getting tested. From start to finish the whole process was hassle free and and very professional. I had my results very quickly and discreetly couldn't be happier with the service.

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440 NV-439, Sparks, NV 89434440 NV-439
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Great staff and speedy care! Loved it!

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28780 Single Oak Dr, Mound House, NV 8970628780 Single Oak Dr
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I came in one day without an appoint and waited two hours as a walk-in before I had to leave without being tested. I made an appointment through Priority Lab Testing for the next day, showed up on time, got tested easily and was on my way in 15-20 minutes. Staff is friendly and helpful.

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1343 W Newlands Dr, Fernley, NV 894081343 W Newlands Dr
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Usually this urgent care needs work….. but today from the scheduling, to medical assistance and the provider it was a five star rating.
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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 Reno?

    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 Reno?

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

    COVID testing is available at many outlets near Reno 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 Reno?

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

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

    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 Reno?

    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)

Unacceptable nurse practitioner with terrible bed side manner. She was pushy and rude about COVID test and told me I would die and I was going to kill people. I just went in for a sinus infection and scratchy throat from the unhealthy smoke conditions. No fever no oxygen problems, just didn’t want it to go in my chest cold

- Verified patient on 9/12

This was one of my best experiences at an urgent care. It was a Covid test for my son and we were both very scared but Shebo and Nate tended to my son as if he were their own. It’s a 30 minute drive for me but I will make that drive any time.

- Verified patient on 10/27

I scheduled an appointment the same day to get a COVID test for my son. Everything was very easy. Once we arrived, we were greeted and checked in by friendly office staff. Waited in our car for a few minutes then was called to come in. We were then greeted by the nicest nurse practitioner (unfortunately I can’t remember her name!) who took my sons vitals, collected symptom info. and administered the nasal swab test. She finished with us and said that the doctor will be right in to talk to my son and further evaluate him (check, ears, eyes, throat, lungs, etc.) Within a few minutes, AJ, the doctor, came in and was just great! My 15-year old son said he was “cool”. His bedside manner was the best I’ve seen in a long time. He was very knowledgeable and informative. I would highly recommend this urgent care facility to everyone I know!

- Verified patient on 9/21

Very good. Arrived at 9am w/o appt. Was sign in by nurse at front door, asked to wait in car until someone called me. Waited 10 minutes, called, met medical assistant at door, escorted back, took medical info, waited 5 minutes for nurse practitioner to examine me. They did Strep test (-) and Covid test wait 48 to 72 hours. Gave me instructions for home care and was out by 10. Everyone was polite, and knowledgeable. Very happy with experience.

- Verified patient on 11/1

Quick rapid covid test, plus PCR test sent to lab. Impressive.

- Verified patient on 9/30

Good but I can’t get into my chart. Don’t have access at home to get results of COVID test

- Verified patient on 12/8

Very good. Arrived at 9am w/o appt. Was sign in by nurse at front door, asked to wait in car until someone called me. Waited 10 minutes, called, met medical assistant at door, escorted back, took medical info, waited 5 minutes for nurse practitioner to examine me. They did Strep test (-) and Covid test wait 48 to 72 hours. Gave me instructions for home care and was out by 10. Everyone was polite, and knowledgeable. Very happy with experience.

- Verified patient on 11/1

Everything was great! No phone number on the out side to call for covid test that my doctor told me to get so had to go inside and wait in line and my test results came back today as possitive.. if someone has all ready had a do appointment on Zoom why should you go inside and risk everyone else getting it? And I was seen by another doctor just to get the test.. everything else was fine and fast and friendly... also I tried to call and get a copy of my results for my job and no one has called me back and I need them please😊

- Verified patient on 8/13

Staff is usually always wonderful, BUT this particular visit, we saw Ben, APRN. His bedside manner and demeanor was horrible once he knew my daughter had not yet had the Covid vaccine. The whole visit became about Covid and how she most likely has it. I truly felt she most likely had a sinus infection or a damn head cold - my main concern was if she could travel on a plane the next day. I worry about ear drums. He did not even look in her nose. Briefly looked in her ears and throat. Offered a written antibiotics but stated he didn’t feel it was necessary and again pushed Covid testing. I said can you get me results today so I can leave town tomorrow, and he said no, results take a few days. I am a Renown employee and am well educated on Covid and to be treated with such disregard by a physician was truly disappointing. Not everyone has Covid!!! Yes people who are and are not vaccinated can still get Covid but we can all still get just a damn head cold. I feel like my daughters visit was a waste of time and her care was less than acceptable! Truly disappointed in this physician and he does not represent “we care” very well for Renown. And for the record, I did take her home and give her 2 Covid tests - BOTH WERE NEGATIVE!

- Verified patient on 11/19

I came in with an ear ache due to a sinus infection and the pressure due to flying. I also needed a Covid test for additional travel. Since I asked for a Covid test I was made to wait in my car. Then when I got to see the doctor, she told me that if my Covid test came back negative she would order a PCR test just to be sure. I told her I was only getting a Covid test for travel, it because I had any symptoms of Covid. She insisted again that I needed more tests. I refused. She reluctantly said that instead of a PCR she would test me for the flu and wanted a chest X-ray. I finally just gave in to get out of there. Seemed like she was only trying to wrack up a bill, not treat me. Covid test Neg, Flu Neg, and chest fine. Prescription for antibiotics for an ear infection. Seemed pretty strange all together.

- Verified patient on 12/9

Everyone was friendly the clinic was clean the doctor came in and share what he felt we need it we also did a Covid test and it was enjoyable check in was great because I checked in through my doctors office

- Verified patient on 9/4

I went in to get checked for Covid on account I was exhibiting symptoms. I was taken in in about 15 minutes and had the Covid test done. Everyone there was very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend.

- Verified patient on 12/13

Went in for a Covid test. They were very efficient.

- Verified patient on 11/6

Went in with a cough that was getting worse. I was in waiting room about 2 hrs. Then went back to see dr (who was good) but waited another hour or so for an X-ray & COVID test!

- Verified patient on 3/17

I’m not sure why I had to get a covid test (2 separate swabs) for sinus headaches. It makes me feel like not going to see a healthcare provider if they are just going to test me for covid without a valid reason or concern to do so.

- Verified patient on 10/22

Although I had Diarrhea, a Covid 19 symptom, they did not suggest a test, until I asked. I was also given lab work, but when I got to lab, they said I couldn't come in until I got the results of my covid test. They should have told me that before I left.

- Verified patient on 10/7

I went for a COVID test and the ladies who came out to see me (not sure who they were nurses, PA, were all very sweet. I felt bad because it was raining and I offered to go sit on their chairs on the walkway so they wouldn’t have to stand in the rain, but they declined. I appreciated them very much!

- Verified patient on 9/10

There at 7:50 and facility opened at 8:00. One person checked in ahead of us for a Covid test. We didn’t get back to exam room for 35 minutes and then another half hour before seeing the PA. Exam room floor had black globs on it that could have easily been scraped off.

- Verified patient on 11/18

I love the fact that the Dr. ask if I wanted a covid test and did not try to make me feel guilty when I said no thanks, I don’t have covid symptoms so no need for a test.

- Verified patient on 6/11

We went for a COVID test, we made an appointment…we were seen and got the test. Had to wait a little longer than I thought we would with an appointment, but not too long.

- Verified patient on 9/17

Reno 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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