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COVID-19 Testing Locations and Information

How COVID-19 Testing Works at OhioHealth

This page covers how to get a COVID-19 test from OhioHealth, where our COVID-19 testing sites are located in Columbus, central Ohio and the surrounding regions, how the testing process works, and how your care is affected by the results.

COVID-19 Testing Overview

This video gives you a look at how our testing process works. We also answer your most common testing questions below.

Who Can Get a COVID-19 Test?

  • OhioHealth requires a medical provider’s order for COVID-19 testing. If you have an OhioHealth primary care provider, contact them to see if testing is right for you.
  • We do not recommend that people who only need COVID-19 tests visit our emergency departments. Our emergency departments are only equipped to provide COVID-19 testing in emergency care scenarios. If you want a COVID-19 test and do not have a need for emergency care, there are more convenient, more affordable alternatives, such as our dedicated COVID-19 testing sites, OhioHealth urgent care locations, retail locations such as pharmacies, and the Columbus Public Health headquarters at 240 Parsons Avenue in Columbus. 
  • If you are having a planned procedure at an OhioHealth location, like delivering a baby or a scheduled surgery, your medical provider may order a COVID-19 test for you.
  • Providers may also recommend testing for people with symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Although Ohio now allows people without COVID-19 symptoms or a medical need to get tested, OhioHealth will continue to only test patients who have a provider's order.

Where And When Can I Get Tested?

Your provider will select the testing site that is most convenient for you.

OhioHealth has eight COVID-19 testing locations:

Hours of Operation (except Athens):
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Athens Hours of Operations:
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

In addition, OhioHealth, Mount Carmel Health System and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are collaborating with Columbus Public Health to offer community testing at the Ohio Expo Center & State Fair Celeste Center by appointment only. Visit the City of Columbus' coronavirus website for more information.

If you do not have a provider's order and would like to get a COVID-19 test, here are some of your options.

We do not recommend that people who only need COVID-19 tests visit our emergency departments. Our emergency departments are only equipped to provide COVID-19 testing in emergency care scenarios. If you want a COVID-19 test and do not have a need for emergency care, there are more convenient, more affordable alternatives, such as our dedicated COVID-19 testing sites, OhioHealth urgent care locations, retail locations such as pharmacies, and the Columbus Public Health headquarters at 240 Parsons Avenue in Columbus. 

How Do COVID-19 Tests Work?

The testing process is a drive-through experience that takes about six minutes from start to finish. The entire testing process happens with you in your car. Please do not leave your vehicle. We will come to you. We will have your provider's order on file, but please bring a form of identification.

  • We recommend bringing as few people as possible, to help prevent the spread of infection.
  • When you arrive, you will be guided into a testing lane. Please have your ID ready.
  • As you approach the specimen collection area, roll down your window.
  • A nurse will collect a specimen by swabbing your nose or throat.
  • Test results are not provided at the testing locations. Your swab will be sent to an OhioHealth lab for analysis.

What Happens After My COVID-19 Test?

Your test results are usually available within 24 hours. The provider who ordered your test will contact you to review the results. The test results will also be available within MyChart as soon as they are posted.

All patients should self-quarantine at home until they receive their test results. While self-quarantining, contact your primary care provider if you develop:

  • A fever of 103 degrees F (39.4 C) or higher.
  • A fever that lasts more than three days without medication.
  • A fever that returns after being gone for more than 24 hours.
  • Chest pain or difficulty breathing.
  • A worsening of current symptoms.

OhioHealth will notify your local health department of any positive results, in accordance with state regulations.

How Do My COVID-19 Results Affect My Care Plans?

If your test results are negative, meaning that COVID-19 wasn't detected, your procedure can proceed as planned. Please remain self-quarantined at home before your surgery or delivery, to limit your exposure risk to COVID-19.

If you receive a positive result, meaning that the test detected COVID-19, you should self-isolate immediately, and plan to be in self-isolation for 14 days, or, if you’re pregnant, until your delivery date.

  • Stay home from work or school.
  • Avoid public places.
  • Choose a space in your home to self-isolate in, and avoid close contact with family members.

If you had a planned surgical procedure, it will be rescheduled after you have fully recovered.

If you are expecting a baby and test positive for COVID-19, contact your primary care doctor and OB-GYN immediately.