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 or to test people who are known to have been exposed to the virus. If you have not been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus, it’s not necessary to be tested for COVID-19 unless you have symptoms such as fever, fatigue or cough. Patients of any age will be tested regardless of ability to pay, and no copays will be charged for the COVID-19 test.
New Testing Guidelines at University Hospitals
University Hospitals now tests patients who do not have symptoms but were recently exposed to someone who tested positive for the coronavirus. Testing should be completed after day five of exposure, but before day ten. This expanded testing is useful for people who need a negative COVID-19 test to return to work, school or play. Learn more about rapid testing for employers.
UH Offers Testing Options at Convenient Locations
University Hospitals is testing in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. If you suspect you have COVID-19 because of symptoms or confirmed exposure to someone with the virus, University Hospitals offers safe, convenient locations across Northeast Ohio where you can get tested and treated. There are two ways to obtain a COVID-19 test at UH:
If You Do Have a Primary Care Physician
If you have a primary care physician, calling your doctor is your first step in seeking care. Your doctor can order a test if appropriate and direct you to one of the three types of testing sites:
Learn more about pricing for COVID-19 tests.
Patients should not have any out-of-pocket costs for the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) test, but you should check with your health plan to confirm. Non-hospital lab cost (CPT code: 87635) is $112.50. Visit our Hospital Price Estimator tool for the cost of a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) test in our hospitals.
University Hospitals has walk-in testing sites for patients who have a doctor’s order for a COVID-19 test and have symptoms or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are asymptomatic.
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:
UH Customer Service Center
20800 Harvard Rd
Beachwood, OH 44122
Hours: Tuesday and Saturday 8 a.m. – 11 a.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.
If You Don’t Have a Primary Care Physician
Visit a UH Urgent Care
UH Urgent Care provides safe medical attention should you develop COVID-19 symptoms and if you don’t have a primary care physician or a doctor’s order for a test. You will be seen by a clinician and receive a COVID-19 test, if appropriate. Currently our urgent care locations use PCR, the most accurate form of coronavirus testing. Tests are sent to a central laboratory location and results are available after completion of the visit. Please know there is limited availability of tests.