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How to Get Tested for COVID-19

COVID-19 diagnostic testing

If you suspect that you (or a member of your family) have COVID-19, see below for testing types and options. If you are experiencing severe symptoms such as trouble breathing, you should call 911, call your local ambulance service, or visit an emergency department in your community for immediate care.

Visit our COVID-19 coverage for members page for more information about the cost of diagnostic COVID-19 testing based on your coverage type.

Testing options

COVID-19 self-tests

COVID-19 self-tests are home tests that can be purchased over-the-counter (OTC). You administer and read self-tests on your own. They are also called OTC, rapid, or rapid antigen tests. Additional information regarding self-testing can be found on the CDC website.

Other locations that offer COVID-19 testing include:

  • Call your provider's office

    Your primary care provider (PCP) can tell you what to do next and give you instructions and a referral if you need to be tested. Some providers also offer virtual visits so you can receive care and consultation from home.

    Find a Provider

  • Use UPMC AnywhereCare

    UPMC AnywhereCare allows you to have a virtual visit with a provider from your smartphone, tablet, or computer.* If your provider feels you need to be tested for COVID-19, you will be directed to the next steps.

    Visit UPMC AnywhereCare

  • UPMC Urgent Care

    COVID-19 testing is now available at select UPMC Urgent Care locations for symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals who have a medical referral or order for a COVID-19 test. UPMC Urgent Care locations are not open for walk-in testing. UPMC Urgent Care staff can administer a COVID-19 test while you are in your vehicle or safely inside the office.

    If you do not have a medical referral or formal order, you can request a COVID-19 evaluation from a UPMC Urgent Care provider. Based on the outcome of that evaluation, the provider may order a COVID-19 test.

    UPMC Urgent Care locations offering COVID-19 testing

  • UPMC testing sites

    UPMC testing sites are not open for walk-in testing. Patients need a physician order or an appointment with the collection center.

    UPMC testing site locations