COVID-19 Updates

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.

Can I get a COVID-19 test from OhioHealth?

Patients can now self-schedule a COVID-19 test through their MyChart account. Don’t have a MyChart account? Sign up here

NOTE: This test should not be used for preprocedure or preadmission testing clearance.

If you are having a planned procedure at an OhioHealth location, like a scheduled surgery, your medical provider will order a COVID-19 test for you.

Patients are no longer required to meet with a provider unless they would prefer to do so. If you would like to see a provider, please schedule an appointment with your primary care provider, visit an urgent care location or schedule a video visit.
 

Where are OhioHealth's COVID-19 testing locations?

If your OhioHealth provider gives you an order for a COVID-19 test, they will select the OhioHealth dedicated COVID-19 testing site that is most convenient for you.

If you self-schedule a COVID-19 test in MyChart, you will be provided several COVID-19 testing locations to choose from. You must complete the process in MyChart to ensure you have an order and an appointment. We do not accept walk-ins.

Testing locations

All locations are drive-through, so you can stay in your car. Locations are open:

Monday-Friday: 7:30 AM-4 PM
Saturday: 10 AM-2 PM

OhioHealth Urgent Care locations

COVID-19 testing at all OhioHealth Urgent Care locations is limited to patients with symptoms. For asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, please schedule a video visit. Or, self-schedule a COVID-19 test in MyChart.

Patient encounters will be billed as regular urgent care visits, and providers will order testing if necessary. With the exception of Kenton Urgent Care, our urgent care locations do not perform preprocedural or presurgical COVID-19 testing.

Emergency Care locations

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.

Who can get a COVID-19 test?

Patients are no longer required to meet with a provider unless they would prefer to do so. Patients can now self-schedule a COVID-19 test through their MyChart accountNOTE: This test should not be used for preprocedure or preadmission testing clearance.

If you would still like to see a provider, please schedule an appointment with your primary care provider, visit an urgent care location or schedule a video visit.

For planned procedures at an OhioHealth location, like a scheduled surgery, your medical provider will order a COVID-19 test 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.

What if I've been vaccinated against COVID-19?

Due to the high transmission of the Omicron variant and surge of COVID-19 cases in our communities, all patients will require a COVID-19 test if they are admitted to one of our care sites. This includes patients who are fully vaccinated (i.e., two weeks post second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks post one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).

If you have a planned admission, your provider will order a COVID-19 test and give you instructions if you are required to get your test prior to a scheduled surgery or procedure.

If you are delivering a baby, you will be tested upon admission regardless of your vaccination status (i.e., pre-admission testing is not required).

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 one to three days. The provider who ordered your test may contact you to review the results. The test results will also be available within MyChart as soon as they are posted.

If you received a flu test with your COVID-19 test, both results will be posted to MyChart.

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.