Thompson Health Urgent Care Centers test and treat patients who are ill with symptoms. Symptomatic patients may receive a rapid COVID test (results in approximately 15 minutes) or a PCR test (results in 1-4 business days). Patients who are not ill and need COVID tests are requested to use free testing locations operated by New York State, many of which offer convenient drive-through sampling.Note that the state’s free testing sites do not offer rapid testing and results will take up to four business days to be received. Download information on COVID testing sites and resources.
UR Medicine is conducting nearly 15,000 tests a week to help our patients learn of active or past COVID infections. The results are also an indicator of the level of COVID transmission in our community. While testing capacity in Rochester and nationwide has significantly improved since March 2020, today, most labs are still prioritizing tests for those who need them most.
Read more for details about each test, including costs. Because insurance coverages can change suddenly, we urge all patients to check with their insurer to determine your price for COVID testing.
Sometimes referred to as a PCR test, this test requires a deep swab to the back of your nose to determine if you have an active coronavirus infection. Read below for more information and guidance on insurance coverage.
UR Medicine Thompson Urgent Care provides rapid testing for patients who don't have COVID symptoms or known contact. Receive results in 15 minutes while you wait. No doctor's order is needed.
This is a simple blood test that detects specific proteins on the surface of the COVID virus, and usually determines if an individual has had a previous COVID infection. You will need your provider to order the test; Thompson Health’s guidelines call for only testing patients who:
Depending on your symptoms, your physician may order a test that will check not only for COVID, but for flu and/or RSV. Regardless of which "Covid PLUS" test is ordered, the cost is $427, and most insurers are currently paying for this testing because you have symptoms and your physician is indicating it is medically necessary through the test order.
Like other COVID PCR testing, it requires one deep swab to the back of your nose, which will then be used to test for COVID, flu, and RSV if requested.
Information You Must Provide to be Tested
To comply with New York State requirements and aid in contact tracing efforts, patients must provide additional information before a COVID-19 PCR or antibody test can be administered:
This data is vital to assist in contact tracing, and prevent outbreaks linked to places of work, especially when employees reside in different counties.