Select Patient First Centers Now Offer COVID-19 Active Virus Testing

Updated July 9, 2020

Select Patient First Centers now offer Drive-Up COVID-19 Active Virus Testing 7 days a week by appointment. No out-of-pocket cost for most patients.  Active Virus Testing is a tool to help determine if you currently have COVID-19. It is for patients who are currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or meet any of the other screening criteria below. For information about Antibody Testing, which helps determine if you have had COVID-19 in the past and is for patients who are not experiencing symptoms, please click here

Drive-Up COVID-19 Active Virus Testing is currently offered at the following Patient First Centers:

To make an appointment, call your preferred Center and enter “5” during the recording to speak with the Front Desk.  You may call to make an appointment anytime between 8 am and 10 pm.  Appointments are scheduled between 8:30 am to 11 am at all centers listed, and between 11:30 am to 2 pm at all centers listed except for Bethlehem, Downingtown, and Lancaster.

All Patient First Centers, including the Designated Testing Centers, remain Open Every Day for Walk-in Care of Illness and Injury.


Who can be tested?  In order to make an appointment to be tested, patients must be at least 5 years old and must meet screening criteria, which are based on CDC guidance. The screening criteria include meeting any of the following conditions:

  • Symptoms
    • You have at least one of the following:
      • Coughing
      • Shortness of Breath
      • Difficulty Breathing
    • OR you have at least two of the following:
      • Fever
      • Chills
      • Sore Throat
      • Fatigue
      • Body Aches or Muscle Pain
      • Headache
      • Nausea and/or Vomiting
      • Diarrhea
      • Loss of Appetite
      • Loss of Smell and/or Taste
  • You are a healthcare worker or first responder.
  • You have had prolonged contact with (e.g. live with or work closely with) a COVID-19 positive person or a person waiting for COVID-19 test results.
  • You reside in a nursing home or other congregate living facility.
  • You are a cancer patient who requires COVID-19 testing before beginning or resuming treatment.
  • You are required by your doctor, hospital, or outpatient surgical center to have COVID-19 testing prior to a planned surgery.
  • You are required by your employer to have COVID-19 testing prior to beginning or returning to work.
  • You are required by another entity to have COVID-19 testing, such as to attend school or camp, or due to travel/transportation requirements.
  • Your state government has made testing available to all patients, regardless of screening criteria.


What is the cost?  If you have insurance, we will submit our charge for your visit and exam to your insurance plan. Many plans cover COVID-19 testing and related visits with no cost-share, but your insurance plan will determine whether you are responsible for any portion of the visit charge or the laboratory charges for testing. Patient First accepts all major insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. Your insurance plan determines if you are responsible for any out-of-pocket expense.

For most self-pay patients, there is no out-of-pocket cost for the exam. You may receive a separate bill from the lab in some cases. The lab will determine what, if anything, it bills the patient. 


What is the process for being tested?

  • First, make an appointment by calling your local Designated Patient First Testing Center. Please have your driver's license number or social security number on hand when you call. Insured patients, please also have your insurance card on hand when you call.
  • Bring your picture ID and your insurance card, if insured, with you to your appointment.
  • On arrival, follow the “Coronavirus Testing” signs and park in a designated spot.
  • The sample will be taken and sent to a reference lab for testing. Self-quarantine until you receive your results.
  • You will receive your result via text message, if you agree to do so, usually five to seven days after the test.  COVID-19 lab results will also be available on your Patient First Portal Account.  If you have not yet set up a Patient First Portal Account, you will receive a temporary code when you come in for testing allowing you to do so.


Instructions about how to view and/or transmit your test result  CLICK HERE

Understanding your Active Virus Test Result  CLICK HERE