No appointment is necessary. We will perform a medical evaluation to determine if a COVID-19 test is appropriate.
If you do not have symptoms of COVID-19, but meet any of the other eligibility criteria, please schedule a PCR COVID-19 test.
*If you wish to receive a test at our Richmond, Virginia, centers, Hampton Roads, Virginia centers, or Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, Pennsylvania, centers, you no longer need to schedule an appointment. Just walk in.
Patients who currently have symptoms of COVID-19 or who meet any of the other eligibility criteria are eligible to be tested. The eligibility criteria are based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
There are a couple of reasons we require asymptomatic patients to schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 test:
Asymptomatic patients are eligible for PCR testing but not for antigen testing, which is only recommended for symptomatic patients. There is a limited supply of PCR testing materials, and scheduled testing helps us ensure that tests are available for all patients who need them.
Our appointment-based system is designed to register and test asymptomatic patients quickly with minimal contact with other patients and staff. Our goal is to keep asymptomatic patients, who often need a COVID-19 test to return to work or school, get on a flight, etc., isolated from other patients who may have symptoms characteristic of flu, COVID-19 or other illnesses.
You can view and transmit your test result through the Patient First Patient Portal. The Patient First Patient Portal instructions, including how to view and transmit your result, can be found by clicking here.
You may also view and transmit your test result via the portal of the reference lab that performed the test.
COVID-19 is spread person-to-person when infected individuals cough, sneeze, sing or even talk, sending contagious respiratory droplets airborne. These droplets can then land on or be inhaled by others who are nearby (within 6 feet). These droplets may also contaminate solid surfaces within the room and can get into your body if you touch the surface and then touch your mouth, nose, or eyes.
With this virus, it seems that individuals can become infected even when the contagious person is not displaying any symptoms. The most common symptoms are similar to those of the flu: cough, fever, fatigue, and shortness of breath.