About COVID-19 Testing at UH
COVID-19 tests are not a screening method for coronavirus, but are used to confirm suspected cases in people with symptoms of infection. It’s not necessary to be tested for COVID-19 unless you have symptoms such as fever, fatigue or cough.
University Hospitals will not test patients for COVID-19 who are asymptomatic, unless they are undergoing surgery at one of our facilities. This is to focus limited medical resources on those with the highest probability of infection and avoid unnecessary testing of people who are likely to be well.
UH Offers Testing Options at Convenient Locations
If you suspect you have COVID-19 because of symptoms, University Hospitals offers safe, convenient locations across Northeast Ohio where you can get tested and treated.
Patients of any age will be tested regardless of ability to pay, and no copays will be charged for the COVID-19 test.
The Two Ways To Obtain a COVID Test
We request that patients schedule their appointments online before coming to a UH Fever Clinic or UH Urgent Care.
If You Don’t Have a Doctor's Order
UH Fever Clinic
UH Fever Clinic provide fast, safe medical attention should you develop COVID-19 symptoms or if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and need treatment for minor injury or illness.
UH Urgent Care
UH Urgent Care is here to address your health care needs, whether you’re seeking urgent care services or evaluation and treatment for COVID-19.
If You Do Have a Doctor’s Order
University Hospitals has walk-in testing sites for patients with symptoms who already have a doctor’s order for a COVID-19 test.
If you have a primary care physician, calling your doctor is your first step in seeking care. Your doctor will determine if you need to be tested and will provide you with specific information on where to go for this testing. Be sure to follow your physician’s advice for treatment at home. If you don’t have a physician, visit a UH Fever Clinic or UH Urgent Care for evaluation by a clinician.
At our convenient drive-through testing sites, a health care provider in personal protective equipment will swab the patient’s nose through the car door window, and the sample is sent to a UH lab for evaluation.
By sending samples to UH lab, we can deliver faster results to patients. Results are available in up to five days; most are usually available within 48 hours.
University Hospitals is testing in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
University Hospitals offers drive-through testing at:
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Hours: Monday, 12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Wednesday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Thursday, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday 12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
University Hospitals tests all patients who are scheduled for surgery or chemotherapy at other UH facilities located east, west and downtown. Your physician will provide you with specific information on where to go for this testing.
Where Not To Go For a Test
To better serve all our patients, University Hospitals will not test at these locations:
- UH Virtual Visit
- UH Emergency, unless you have severe COVID-19 symptoms, such as chest pain, severe shortness of breath or severe dehydration
In addition, University Hospitals will not test these people for these reasons:
- People without symptoms of possible COVID-19
- People with known exposure to COVID-19 without symptoms
- Return to work
- Return to school or college
- Return to play
If you need testing for these reasons, visit the Ohio Department of Health for options.