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?
COVID-19 testing at OhioHealth is primarily intended for people with infection or exposure concerns. All COVID-19 testing at OhioHealth requires a provider's order.
- If you need proof of a negative COVID-19 test for reasons such as travel or event access, we recommend finding a testing location near you on the Ohio Department of Health website.
If you need a rapid COVID-19 test or walk-in service, find a testing location near you on the Ohio Department of Health website.
In-person testing at all OhioHealth Urgent Care locations is limited to patients with symptoms. If you do not have symptoms, try an urgent care video visit, or call your primary care provider. Urgent care testing is billed as an urgent care visit.
Our emergency departments are only equipped to provide COVID-19 testing to patients in need of emergency care. If you only need a COVID-19 test, find a testing location near you on the Ohio Department of Health website.
- If you would like to receive a PCR COVID-19 test at one of our drive-up testing clinics, call your primary care provider before you visit. OhioHealth requires a physician's order for all COVID-19 testing performed at OhioHealth clinics.
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.
All locations are open:
Monday-Friday: 7:30 AM to 4 PM
Saturday: 10 AM to 2 PM
- Columbus: OhioHealth David P. Blom Administrative Campus
3430 OhioHealth Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43202
- Mansfield: Near Graham Auto Mall
1700 Nussbaum Pkwy, Mansfield, OH 44907
- Marion: By post office
278 West Barks Rd, Marion, OH 43302
9085 Southern Point, Orient, OH 43146
- Columbus: By OhioHealth Doctors Hospital
5157 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43228
30 Herrold Ave, Athens, OH 45701
- Pickerington: At Pickerington Medical Campus
1010 Refugee Rd, Pickerington, OH 43147
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. 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. If you do not have an OhioHealth provider, COVID-19 testing locations across the state can be found on the Ohio Department of Health website.
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.
- OhioHealth requires a medical provider’s order for COVID-19 testing. Contact your OhioHealth primary care provider to see if your exposure risk or symptoms require a test. If you need a test, your provider will direct you to an OhioHealth dedicated COVID-19 testing site.
- If you do not have an OhioHealth provider, COVID-19 testing locations across the state can be found on the Ohio Department of Health website.
- 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.
Do I need a COVID-19 test before a planned procedure?
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.
What if I've been vaccinated against COVID-19?
If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which means it's been at least two weeks past your final dose, then you will not need to be tested for COVID-19 before your surgery or procedure.
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.
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.