Testing for those with COVID-19 symptoms
MedStar eVisit (Telehealth)
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, MedStar eVisit is the first step to determine where and what type of testing you may need. Our providers are available for eVisit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for COVID-19 assessments. Start your appointment with a MedStar eVisit provider now.
MedStar Health Urgent Care
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, our MedStar Health Urgent Care locations are accepting walk-ins or online booking ahead of time. Find a MedStar Health Urgent Care location near me.
Please note, some MedStar Health Urgent Care locations stop walk-in patients a few hours before closing. If you plan to walk-in in the evening hours please call ahead or book online.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency (such as severe shortness of breath, chest pain or altered mental status), please call 911 and request an ambulance.
Testing for those without COVID-19 symptoms
Are you without symptoms but just need COVID-19 testing? Please consider these testing options:
- Use MedStar eVisit for a referral to one of our COVID-19 testing tents or to discuss other types of home or state-based testing options.
- At a local state-based testing location: Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, D.C.
- Consider one of these home-based testing options
- Travel testing for COVID-19 will no longer be offered (effective Aug. 14, 2020). Please consider the alternative testing options above.
- Patients not experiencing symptoms, who still wish to visit a MedStar Health Urgent Care location and be seen in person must book ahead online. Walk-ins will not be accepted.
State Testing Resources
Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., have detailed information about COVID-19 testing options on state's sites. For COVID-19 testing locations throughout each state, please click below to view your state's site information.
At-Home Testing Options
MedStar Health has collaborated with three companies for at home polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 testing options. Any patient can order these tests online and they will be shipped to your home within 24 hours (times are approximate and subject to change without notice), with results often faster than our Urgent Care centers. These homebased tests are available for all ages.
Please note: shipping and turn around times are subject to change and not all insurances will reimburse out of pocket costs.
Saliva-based home PCR testing. $150 per person. Ships to you within 24-48 hours and results available within 36-48 hours. You can submit to insurance for reimbursement. Available for all ages.
Self-administered nasal swab home PCR testing. $119 per person. Ships to you within 48 hours and results are typically available within 48 hours. You can submit to insurance for reimbursement. Available for ages 18+. LetsGetChecked.com
PIXEL by LabCorp Home Testing
Self administered nasal swab home PCR testing. You can enter insurance information when ordering, so no up-front cost. Results can take approximately 3-5 days. Available for ages 18+.
MedStar eVisit (Telehealth)
MedStar Health offers free (for a limited time) telehealth video visits with Urgent Care, Primary Care, and ER providers. During your eVisit the provider will direct you to the most appropriate testing location. Options include MedStar Health testing tents, state-based facilities, and at-home testing options. Start your appointment with a MedStar eVisit provider now.
A referral from a MedStar eVisit provider is required to be seen at MedStar Health testing tents. Rapid testing is not available and walk-ins will not be accepted. Please note: MedStar eVisit will no longer provide referrals for non-essential travel testing at MedStar Health testing tents.
What is essential travel?
Essential travel is traveling for the sake of essential work (i.e., agricultural work), emergencies, medical purposes, government matters, and military matters. If your job requires your services for vital assistance, processes, or products, then your traveling is essential. For domestic travel, the CDC recommends checking the state’s health department website for the location you’re headed to for any restrictions and requirements. If for necessary reasons, you have to leave the U.S., you can visit the U.S. Department of State’s website for international advisories. Ultimately, if you have to commute because of your work or an emergency, then your travel is considered essential.
MedStar Health Urgent Care
Patients not experiencing symptoms, who still wish to visit a MedStar Health Urgent Care location and be seen in person must book ahead online. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Find a MedStar Health Urgent Care location near me.
Pre-operative COVID-19 Testing
COVID testing is required within five days of a surgery or procedure at MedStar Health. Once you have received a referral from your doctor, please call 855-416-5244 to schedule your pre-operative COVID test. The call center line is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for patients having a procedure or surgery at a MedStar Health facility. A member of the call center team will direct you to the most appropriate site for testing based on your date of surgery and clinical needs. Please note that walk-in patients are not accepted at most locations.
This call center is only for MedStar Health patients having a procedure or surgery.