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126 S Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201126 S Assembly St
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • SatClosed
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4.86(129 reviews)
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Veritas Urgent Care , Columbia - 126 S Assembly St
Woke up this morning with severe eye pain made an appointment in less than 10 mins was seven able to fill out all my paperwork online super fast check in was also fast and the receptionist even remembered me from when I took my daughter there over a month ago she even remembered the reason my daughter was seen the doctor was friendly and treated me with such great care I will definitely choose them again for my urgent care needs
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$125

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3010 Farrow Rd, Columbia, SC 292033010 Farrow Rd
Open 1:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
4.57(497 reviews)
Quest Diagnostics - 3010 Farrow Rd
Excellent customer service. Knowledgeably answered all questions. Appointment and billing were fast. Testing next day was on time and professional. Results available within 24 hours. Highly recommend.
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7182 Woodrow St, Irmo, SC 290637182 Woodrow St
Open 4:30 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
4.33(526 reviews)
Quest Diagnostics - 7182 Woodrow 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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900 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201900 Assembly St
Open until 7:30 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, Assembly St, Columbia - 900 Assembly St, Columbia
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PCR Test
Results in 1-3 days
$139
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900 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201900 Assembly St
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
CVS Pharmacy, Health Hub - 900 Assembly St
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Urgent care
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1715 Blanding St, Columbia, SC 292011715 Blanding St
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
Concentra Urgent Care, Downtown Columbia - 1715 Blanding St
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2100 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 292042100 Gervais St
Open until 4:30 pm
  • Mon 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Tue 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wed 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Thu 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Fri 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
Labcorp - 2100 Gervais St
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1941 Blossom St, Columbia, SC 292051941 Blossom St
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
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634 Sunset Blvd, West Columbia, SC 29169634 Sunset Blvd
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • SatClosed
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500 Knox Abbott Dr, Cayce, SC 29033500 Knox Abbott Dr
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 am
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
CVS Pharmacy - 500 Knox Abbott Dr
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3595 Harden St, Columbia, SC 292073595 Harden St
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 am
  • Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 5:00 pm
CVS Pharmacy - 3595 Harden St
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1 Richland Medical Park Dr, Columbia, SC 292031 Richland Medical Park Dr
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2708 Rosewood Dr, Columbia, SC 292052708 Rosewood Dr
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112 Doctors Cir, Columbia, SC 29203112 Doctors Cir
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1706 St Julian Pl, Columbia, SC 292041706 St Julian Pl
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3312 Devine St, Columbia, SC 292053312 Devine St
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 am
  • Fri 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
CVS Pharmacy - 3312 Devine St
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4100 N Main St, Columbia, SC 292034100 N Main St
Open until 1:00 pm
  • Mon 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
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1355 Knox Abbott Dr, Cayce, SC 290331355 Knox Abbott Dr
Open until 4:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
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3501 Forest Dr, Columbia, SC 292043501 Forest Dr
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Sun10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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)

The lady giving the Covid tests today had a serious attitude. She first informed me that the rapid test would be $100 and that i can do one or the other or both. I told her to go ahead and do the rapid test first, and after she came back in to give me my card back, I asked if they could run the other one too since there have been so many false positives and since I had time to think about it. She rolled her eyes at me, scoffed and said “uh well now I need to go grab the papers for all of that.” (Like my bad for only having 2 mins to think of what to get.) And then didn’t look at me once in the eyes, just kept her head down every time she came in and out, the rest of the appointment. I get people have bad days but that’s no excuse to treat a patient with such disrespect for no reason. The doctor on the other hand was very nice.

- Verified patient on 12/28

I came in for a COVID test. The doctor answered all of my questions and was very patient in explaining the differences between the types of tests to me. Based off what others had said, I expected the nose swab to be awful, but it was painless and took very little time. I’d highly recommend Broke to Better for anyone who needs this test.

- Verified patient on 11/15

I had a fantastic experience getting a covid test. It was scheduled very quickly. The website could use a little more explanation about how to sign up for an appointment, but I spoke to a person very quickly. She explained the process very well. I could not be happier.

- Verified patient on 7/1

Went in to get a Covid Test due to exposure with no symptoms. They quickly got me into a room and took my vitals. Had to wait about 30-40 minutes before the test was done, but they were very, very busy. Thankful for a locally owned medical facility.

- Verified patient on 7/20

We needed 5 COVID tests for our family and they were able to get to all of us in timely manner. The gentleman that did our tests was super kind and funny and made getting the test a little better than we anticipated!!!

- Verified patient on 12/11

My experience was 5 star. I made my appointment for rapid covid test online. I arrived 15 minutes early. The receptionist was great and within 5 minutes my test was given by a very nice nurse. Could not have had a better visit.

- Verified patient on 1/5

I visited the facility for a Rapid Covid test. The process was quick and convenient. The test was performed outside the facility, and I understand the reasoning behind this. The outside area was clean, but not overly nice.

- Verified patient on 11/24

I had to get a rapid covid test and they were great. Very quick and no hassle. Hope I don’t have to go back but if I do I will be glad to give them my money.

- Verified patient on 9/29

Was able to schedule COVID test for next day. Other places had no appointments for over a week. Dr. Baker was kind, thorough and informative. COVID precautious were practiced very well.

- Verified patient on 10/10

Hade to get a COVID test for a new job. I was a walk in and was in and out quickly considering everything that’s going on these days.

- Verified patient on 11/23

I have used MEDcare/Health First three times in the past two years (twice for Covid testing) and found them to be professional, efficient, and caring. Very good service.

- Verified patient on 1/16

I was terrified of getting the Covid test but they out me at ease and just like they said it wasn’t bad at all!

- Verified patient on 9/21

I was very pleased. I will be changing my Doctor. Thankfully I was not sent to another service to do my covid testing

- Verified patient on 1/18

Was for Covid test so fast and easy. The MD is great there. My 3rd visit and always super nice and courteous.

- Verified patient on 1/6

Went for Rapid Covid Test to prepare for a trip. The staff did a great job following up with my results

- Verified patient on 1/17

Got a precautionary Covid test. Was easy not much of a wait and expect the negative result in about 2/3 days.

- Verified patient on 9/9

We needed a COVID test for my mom and the doctor came out and performed one following all health guidelines.

- Verified patient on 6/29

Only went for COVID testing but was pleased with visit and staff. Did no see the physician.

- Verified patient on 10/8

Went in for a COVID test and it was quick and easy with minimal discomfort.

- Verified patient on 9/15

I went for COVID testing Staff very friendly and followed procedures for keeping everyone safe

- Verified patient on 6/24

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 South Carolina 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 South Carolina 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 South Carolina?

    COVID testing is available at many outlets near South Carolina 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 South Carolina?

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

    Same-day and next day appointments for COVID testing in South Carolina 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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