COVID-19 Testing at OhioHealth
What to Expect When Being Tested
Currently, a medical provider’s order is required for COVID-19 testing. You will receive information about where to go if you need testing, based on which location you indicate is most convenient for you.
OhioHealth has eight COVID-19 testing locations, located in Columbus (3), Mansfield, Marion, Kenton, Athens and Orient.
How Do COVID-19 Tests Work?
The testing process takes approximately six minutes from check in to completion. Please do not leave your vehicle. We will come to you. The entire testing process happens with you in your car.
- To limit any possible disease spread, please limit the number of passengers in your car as much as possible.
- When you arrive, you will enter a lane of testing. Please have your ID ready.
- You will proceed to the specimen collection area of the testing lane. Most testing locations require the person being tested be on the driver’s side of the vehicle. The Mansfield testing location prefers patients on the passenger side.
- A nurse will collect the specimen while you are in the car. Your specimen will be sent to an OhioHealth lab for analysis. We are not able to analyze specimens on site at this time.
- We will provide post-testing materials and next steps before you leave.
What Happens After My COVID-19 Test?
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.
Results will be available one to two days after your specimen is collected.
- The medical provider who placed the order for your test will notify you of your results.
- If you have a MyChart account, the results will also be released there.
- OhioHealth will notify the Ohio Department of Health of any positive results, in accordance with state regulations.
- For work concerns, please contact your employer’s human resources department.
How Do My COVID-19 Results Affect My Plans for Surgery?
- If your test results are negative, your surgery will proceed as planned. Please remain self-quarantined at home before your surgery, to limit your exposure risk to COVID-19.
- If you receive a positive result, you will be notified and your surgery will be rescheduled. Please contact your primary care provider immediately. You will be expected to self-quarantine at home for 14 days.
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