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COVID-19 Testing

As we continue to respond to COVID-19 across the greater Washington metropolitan area and the world, testing is an important part of limiting the spread of the virus and protecting our community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to common questions about COVID-19 testing:

Do I need a COVID-19 test?

You should consider testing if you have any of the following:

  • Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as:
    • fever
    • cough or shortness of breath
    • muscle aches
    • headache
    • chills
    • loss of smell or taste
    • nausea or diarrhea.
  • Have contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19. This means you were within six feet for at least 15 minutes with someone that has confirmed COVID-19.
  • Your doctor or healthcare provider referred you for testing.

When should I get a COVID-19 test?

If you begin to experience symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, muscle aches, headache and chills, you should call your doctor or Urgent Care center right away. They will help determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

Also call your doctor if you are concerned about if you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

How do I get tested for COVID-19?

If you are having symptoms related to COVID-19 or have a known exposure, call your doctor first. They can recommend a viral test that will assess if you have COVID-19. You can also visit the state of Maryland’s COVID website to find the most recent information related to community testing sites. Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care is also offering COVID-19 assessments.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 but have not been tested, please stay home until you have been:

  • Symptom free for 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • Fever free for 24 hours without the use of medications and
  • Other symptoms are improving

What types of testing are available for COVID-19?

There are two types of testing available:

  1. COVID-19 Antibody tests indicate if you’ve had a past COVID-19 infection.
  2. COVID-19 Viral tests indicate if you have a current COVID-19 infection.

A viral test is done through a nasal swab, called a PCR test. The testing provided at Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care is a PCR test only. We do not offer rapid testing.

Where can I go for testing?

COVID-19 assessment is available at Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care locations. We provide COVID-19 PCR testing at all four centers. The average turnaround time is 48 – 72 hours. Testing is provided as part of your evaluation by one of our healthcare providers and is submitted to your insurance provider. If required by your insurance, you may have to pay a copayment for your visit. Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care does not accept referrals for testing from other healthcare providers. You must be seen by one of our healthcare providers as part of your assessment.

The state of Maryland provides free COVID-19 testing at several community testing sites throughout the region. Please visit for more testing locations throughout Maryland.

Adventist HealthCare hospitals are NOT community testing sites. Our hospitals only have COVID-19 testing for critically ill patients who are likely to need hospitalization.

Is a COVID-19 test covered by insurance?

Most insurance plans cover COVID-19 testing and associated medical exam. If your insurance does not cover the full cost from the laboratory testing or exam, you will be billed the balance. The state of Maryland provides free COVID-19 testing at several community testing sites throughout the region. Please visit the Maryland Department of Health website for more testing locations throughout Maryland.

How much does a COVID-19 test cost?

A COVID-19 test is covered by most insurance plans. You may be responsible for a copay or any out of pocket costs associated with laboratory tests or exam costs depending on your insurance coverage.

If you do not have insurance and are self-pay, the cost of your visit and test at Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care is $125. This does not include the cost from the laboratory that analyzes your results or any additional services, if needed, that are part of your visit such as x-rays. For information about free COVID-19 testing through the state of Maryland, visit

What can I expect when I get tested?

If you visit an Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care location, you will be asked to register. Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in our region, wait times have increased. You will be evaluated by one of our healthcare providers and if recommended, be tested for COVID-19. Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care locations only offer PCR tests that are administered through a nasal swab.

After your exam, you will be given instructions on how to access your test results. All test results are provided through our Patient Portal. Test results may vary with an average time of 3-5 days before results are received.

How long does it take to get results?

The average wait time for COVID-19 test results is 2-3 days. Given the current increase in COVID-19 cases, results may take longer as laboratories process tests.

Where can I get my results?

If you received a test at an Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care location, your results can be found in your Patient Portal.

Please find "Urgent Care" on the page linked above to launch the portal. You should have received an email welcome message that contains your username, password and the portal link. The email is from and may go to your SPAM or junk folder.

If you can’t find this email with the information, click on "Trouble logging in" and follow the prompts to reset your information, starting with your username.

What should I do while I wait for my results?

If you are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19, please stay home and self-isolate. This will help protect others while you await your results. Follow the instructions provided by your doctor or healthcare provider while you wait for your results.

What should I do if my test is positive?

If you test positive, follow your doctor’s instructions. Most cases of COVID-19 can be treated at home with self-care. This includes:

  • Stay at home, isolate in another room and use separate bathrooms, if possible
  • Get plenty of fluids
  • Rest as much as possible
  • Keep your fever down
  • Sanitize frequently used surfaces
  • Wash hands often
  • Take vitamin c and zinc to help your immune system
  • Take over-the-counter medication as needed for cold/flu symptoms
  • Stay in touch with your doctor

Continue to monitor your symptoms. If they worsen, call your doctor right away. If you begin to experience trouble breathing or high fever, call 9-1-1.

Continue to stay home and limit interactions with others, until you are:

  • Symptom free for 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • Fever free for 24 hours without the use of medications and
  • Other symptoms have improved

Those with more severe symptoms or are immune compromised may need to follow additional guidelines before you can be around others. Your doctor can help determine what is best for you.

Can I see my friends and family if I test negative?

When you test negative, you were most likely not infected with COVID-19 at that time. There have been instances when someone has tested negative but did have COVID-19. You must still practice social distancing, wear a face mask and take steps to protect yourself, family and others in the community from possible infection.

What should I do if someone in my household or someone I have been around is experiencing symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19?

If someone in your household begins to experience symptoms, isolate them and call your doctor right away. They will be able to best direct you to next steps. If you have had close contact with someone that has confirmed COVID-19, call you doctor to determine next steps. You should stay home, monitor your symptoms and stay in contact with your doctor.


Updated: 8/23/2021

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