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228 Washington St, Attleboro, MA 02703228 Washington St
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
4.6(70 reviews)
Physicianone Urgent Care, Attleboro - 228 Washington St
Everyone went out there way to help. Fantastic Doctor. I booked apt on line. Very easy to do
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Urgent care
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47 Wood Ave, Barrington, RI 0280647 Wood Ave
Open until10:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sun 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
HelixVM, Rhode Island Virtual - 47 Wood Ave
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Urgent care
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649 Old West Central St, Franklin, MA 02038649 Old West Central St
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
4.96(103 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

Short Wait Time

Physicianone Urgent Care, Franklin - 649 Old West Central St
Very clean and efficient. Med asst Danny and the PA were awesome & friendly as was the front desk staff. I would definitely go back. I waited about 15 minutes. I was a walk in.
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Urgent care
Accepts kids

1340 Belmont St, Westwood, MA 023011340 Belmont St
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
4.62(245 reviews)
PhysicianOne Urgent Care, Brockton - 1340 Belmont St, Westwood
It was my first time coming here and I waited little to no time. Everyone who saw me was sweet and polite.
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Urgent care

573 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA 01701573 Worcester Rd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • MonClosed
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • WedClosed
  • ThuClosed
  • FriClosed
  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
4.43(23 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

Short Wait Time

Carbon Health Urgent Care, Framingham - 573 Worcester Rd
Staff were very sweet and friendly and informative. The doctor even came out to my car to tell me the good news of my test results.
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PCR Test
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$130
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$75

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Urgent care
Accepts kids

75 Spring St, Boston, MA 0213275 Spring St
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
4.61(36 reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in reviews for their friendly staff

Friendly Staff

Carbon Health Urgent Care, West Roxbury - 75 Spring St
Receptionist was friendly and helpful and Natalie NP did a thorough exam and was also very helpful and friendly.
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Urgent care

209 Armistice Blvd, Pawtucket, RI 02860209 Armistice Blvd
Open until 4:30 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
4.69(281 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

Short Wait Time

Armistice Urgent Care & Occupational Health - 209 Armistice Blvd, Pawtucket
Everything went great during my visit, they took great care and the time between my arrival and been seen by a doctor was quick. I recommend this place without hesitation.
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Urgent care

81 Memorial Pkwy, Randolph, MA 0236881 Memorial Pkwy
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun11:00 am - 7:00 pm
4.52(21 reviews)
Walk-In Md Urgent Care, Urgent Care - 81 Memorial Pkwy
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Pediatric urgent care

719 Providence Hwy, Dedham, MA 02026719 Providence Hwy
Open until10:45 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 10:45 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 10:45 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 10:45 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 10:45 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 10:45 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 10:45 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 10:45 pm
4.77(375 reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

Highly Rated

PM Pediatric Urgent Care, Dedham MA - 719 Providence Hwy, Dedham
Other than the wait times to be released from a short test, the staff here were super professional, welcoming, and friendly!
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1 Randall Square, Providence, RI 029041 Randall Square
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  • Mon 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
4.46(517 reviews)
Quest Diagnostics - 1 Randall Square
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.
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333 School St, Pawtucket, RI 02860333 School St
Open11:00 am
  • Mon 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • Tue 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • Wed 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • Thu 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • Fri 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 am
  • SunClosed
4.5(530 reviews)
Quest Diagnostics - 333 School St
I thought it was extremely easy to book a lab test appointment with Quest. Getting the test done was simple and so was the getting the results! Great job putting together something so user friendly.
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1524 Atwood Ave, Johnston, RI 029191524 Atwood Ave
Open11:00 am
  • Mon 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 am
  • SunClosed
4.44(489 reviews)
Quest Diagnostics - 1524 Atwood Ave
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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562 Washington St, Attleboro, MA 02703562 Washington St
Open11:00 am
  • Mon 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 am
  • SunClosed
4.17(459 reviews)
Quest Diagnostics - 562 Washington St
After receiving my results, I called Quest Lab Testing and discussed the results with a consultation. This consultation filled in my knowledge gaps and made me more aware of my particular situation.
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215 Toll Gate Rd, Warwick, RI 02886215 Toll Gate Rd
Open11:00 am
  • Mon 7:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 am
  • SunClosed
4.15(425 reviews)
Quest Diagnostics - 215 Toll Gate Rd
Great discreet service, scheduled my visit and paid for for the test online not in Showed up at lab, checked in and was seen within minutes. Blood and urine were collected, test results came back quickly within 2 days because I did my test on a Friday. Quick, easy and cheap. Didn't have to wait for a visit to my PCP, and then get referral to lab.
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101 President Ave, Fall River, MA 02720101 President Ave
Open11:00 am
  • Mon 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Tue 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Wed 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Thu 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Fri 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 am
  • SunClosed
4.38(409 reviews)
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Quest Diagnostics - 101 President Ave
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.
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851 Middle St, Fall River, MA 02721851 Middle St
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  • Mon 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Tue 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Wed 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Thu 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Fri 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
4.47(580 reviews)
Solstas / Quest Diagnostics - 851 Middle St
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.
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24 Common St, Wrentham, MA 0209324 Common St
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  • Mon 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Tue 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Wed 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Thu 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Fri 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
4.6(443 reviews)
Quest Diagnostics - 24 Common St
After receiving my results, I called Quest Lab Testing and discussed the results with a consultation. This consultation filled in my knowledge gaps and made me more aware of my particular situation.
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72 Washington St, Taunton, MA 0278072 Washington St
Open12:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • SunClosed
4.2(465 reviews)
Quest Diagnostics - 72 Washington St
I was very surprised with my experience here. My appointment was made very quickly. I was seen in a very short period of time. My test results came back in a very timely manner. I was able to speak with a doctor soon after and was taking care of. I was very satisfied with the experience I had here. I definitely recommend using them for any issues you have or any questions you may have.
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2005 Bay St, Taunton, MA 027802005 Bay St
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  • Mon 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
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  • Thu 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • SatClosed
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4.29(589 reviews)
Quest Diagnostics - 2005 Bay St
I was very surprised with my experience here. My appointment was made very quickly. I was seen in a very short period of time. My test results came back in a very timely manner. I was able to speak with a doctor soon after and was taking care of. I was very satisfied with the experience I had here. I definitely recommend using them for any issues you have or any questions you may have.
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70 Walnut St, Foxborough, MA 0203570 Walnut St
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  • Mon 7:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 3:30 pm
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  • Thu 7:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
4.17(497 reviews)
Quest Diagnostics - 70 Walnut St
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.
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COVID-19 Antibody Test
This test detects SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) antibodies from a previous infection and from the COVID-19 vaccinations.

Recent COVID-19 Testing Reviews (20)

My husband and I were not looking forward to a swab stuck up in my nose but from the 1st phone call everyone at this faculty was kind, professional and helpful. The woman who booked us was helpful and nice (can’t recall her name) Neil had a very easy way and was funny as he took our info over the phone. Dave who swabbed us in the driveway was very professional, careful and thorough, and made us laugh. Having the covid test wasn’t too on my list of things to do for fun but these guys made it as easy and pleasurable as possible. That and two “negatives” made for a nice outing! Thanks to all at the Cumberland facility!

- Verified patient on 9/26

Went for COVID testing and it was a seamless experience. I initially booked online, which was quick and convenient. The front desk was friendly during both appointment confirmation and when we alerted them to our arrival. Once there, both of the staff members that took our pulse, temperature, and did the swabs were extremely efficient and kind. My husband and I had booked back-to-back appointments for the tests. They came right out to our car and were able to do the both of us in about 10 minutes from arrival to finish! Nobody wants to be in the position to need a test, but highly recommend them if you do.

- Verified patient on 12/20

Sara the Nurse Practitioner was very kind and courteous. She performed my Covid test politely and eased my fear each step of the way. I’ve had anxiety most of my adult life, but she used humor and honesty to soothe my fears. She’s very informative, and makes sure every patient is taken care of. I highly recommend Sara from Ocean Side Urgent Care, in RI. She is top notch! I was also impressed with the short wait time, and the ease of booking the appointment on your online system.

- Verified patient on 11/6

This past Saturday I came to Ocean State Urgent Care for Covid testing and had a great experience both with the worker I spoke with on the phone and the one who administered my test. Both were polite and unnecessarily apologetic about the slight delay — it was a Saturday and raining! I was amazed they were still on their feet. Very grateful for the ease of testing and the friendly staff in Warwick.

- Verified patient on 8/30

The gentleman who administered my COVID test was extremely friendly and professional. I didn’t have to wait long for him to come out, and the test was quick and painless. He was like a ninja with that swab. He was so pleasant, in fact, that I enjoyed a brief yet funny and interesting conversation with him after the test. Talk about making a patient feel comfortable.

- Verified patient on 1/8

I only went for a Covid test and so my test was done outside of the facility on the sidewalk. The staff was very friendly and explained how the test was going to be done and what I may feel. I have been here several times for various things and have always found the staff friendly and the facility clean.

- Verified patient on 9/8

Had to go get a covid test before working. Staff was very kind and the nurse who performed the test was very professional and comforting. I pulled up and was able to leave in under ten minutes. Very glad I made the choice to go here.

- Verified patient on 10/30

Had covid test in my car. I gave 5 stars for facility cleanliness because the couple of times I’ve been inside, it was spotless. We waited 5 minutes for others ahead of us. Tha gal testing us was very pleasant courteous and professional!

- Verified patient on 1/27

Went for a Covid test. Drove up and within two minutes the nurse practitioner was taking a sample. She was friendly and actually made us laugh during this not so pleasant test! Highly recommend urgent care on North Main Street

- Verified patient on 1/10

MY HUSBAND & I WERE HERE FOR A COVID TEST DROVE RIGHT UP CALLED INSIDE THEY TOOK ARE INFORMATION & NEXT THING I KNEW SHE WAS OUTSIDE TO TEST US, IT WAS VERY FAST, EASY & FRIENDLY. THANK YOU!

- Verified patient on 1/10

This facility is by far the best place I’ve been to for a Covid test. The entire staff are accommodating and extremely professional. If you’re looking for a location, please try this one and you will not regret it.

- Verified patient on 1/3

I had a COVID test so all of my appointment was by phone (check in, review of information and insurance). Wait was minimal. Evelyn was wonderful. I felt safe and she was friendly, professional, and efficient. Thank you!

- Verified patient on 7/25

Once the NP came out to do the Covid test it went very smoothly and swiftly. She was extraordinarily friendly, calming and reassuring. Kristen Burke was her name and I would recommend her to everyone.

- Verified patient on 9/6

Staff member was very pleasant and answered all my questions regarding the COVID test. Wait time was 30 minutes from my appointment which considering it was July 4th, was certainly reasonable. Very pleased overall

- Verified patient on 7/7

The nurse that came out to do the COVID testing for my son was so kind. She had a great sense of humor and was beyond professional. Great experience considering why we were there.

- Verified patient on 8/7

Both the people that we spoke to on the phone, as well as the technician that administered the COVID test were friendly and clear with their answers to all of my questions.

- Verified patient on 6/29

COVID tests are no fun but the guy performing the task was so nice, thorough, and professional!! Been to other places for testing but will always go back there from now on.

- Verified patient on 1/31

My appointment was for a Covid test pre travel. Testing was efficient with a friendly, reassuring, PA who explained everything clearly and exactly. Will definitely go there again once I return.

- Verified patient on 10/21

The staff members at Ocean State Urgent Care are very pleasant to deal with. I really appreciate the good care I received in taking the COVID test for my flu-like symptoms.

- Verified patient on 7/2

Went to drive up for Covid test. It was very organized and quick. When I talked to someone before I came for my appointment, they were very friendly and efficient.

- Verified patient on 4/30

About COVID 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.

Molecular vs Antigen Tests

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.

COVID-19 Testing FAQs

  • How much does COVID testing cost?

    COVID testing can be free in many circumstances. As part of their response to the epidemic, many Rhode Island health departments continue to provide free testing to community citizens. In some situations, commercially insured patients, as well as those on Medicare or Medicaid, may be able to get testing for free or for a small office visit fee. COVID tests can cost anything from $50 to $150 each test for cash-paying individuals or those who require speedy answers in under an hour. It's best to call your doctor before getting tested so you can get a better idea of how much the test will cost.

  • Where can I get free COVID testing?

    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which covers testing for people without health insurance, makes COVID testing free nationwide. Check with your local Rhode Island health department for details since they are usually an excellent source of free COVID tests, or can at least lead you in the proper way. You can also ask your health care practitioner for a recommendation for a free COVID test location.

  • Where can I get COVID testing in Rhode Island?

    COVID testing is available at many outlets near Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island?

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

    Same-day and next day appointments for COVID testing in Rhode Island 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?

    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, scientists feel you should be checked if you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, especially if you are suffering cold or flu symptoms that are usually associated with the coronavirus.

  • How long does COVID testing take?

    A COVID test is quick. A nasal swab is used for the majority of tests, and it takes less than a minute to swab both nostrils. This means you might be in and out of the testing center in as little as 10-15 minutes, depending on where you obtain your COVID test. Testing sites may be busier than usual during popular seasons, especially around holidays, and wait times may be higher.

  • How long does it take to get COVID test results?

    Most labs are sending out COVID test results via molecular (PCR) 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 tests are processed on-site and can provide findings in less than an hour, sometimes as quickly as 15 minutes.

  • 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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