Limited Testing for COVID-19

Swope Health has started limited testing for COVID-19 at its Central facility, and soon, at its Wyandotte clinic. Here is information about the testing process at Swope Health:

Who can be tested?

At this point we are testing only those individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 and meet screening criteria, and who have a testing order from a Swope Health provider. We are following the CDC guidance on testing.

Do I need an appointment?

Yes, an appointment is required. But this does not have to be in person. A provider can evaluate you over the phone and determine if you meet criteria.

What do I need to bring with me?

Please bring a photo ID with you, along with proof of address.

Where do I go?

Our testing will be performed outside the C Building at Swope Health Central. We have signs indicating where to park or meet with our clinical testing team.

What happens in the test?

The first step in the test is collecting a sample. This involves placing a sterile swab, like a long Q-tip, at the back of your nasal passage for several seconds. It’s a little bit uncomfortable but you can still breathe and talk. After a sample is collected, the swab goes into a liquid-filled tube for transport to the testing lab.

How long does it take?

The collection itself takes several seconds. The entire encounter, including check in and completing paperwork, may take as long as 30 minutes.

When will I know the results?

We expect to learn results in three to eight days. It all depends on the volume and capacity of the testing labs.

How will I learn the results?

Swope Health will contact you as soon as we receive your results. It’s important that we have your phone number to reach you.

What happens if I am positive?

Swope Health will contact you and talk with you about your specific situation. Most people who catch the virus can stay home and recover on their own with plenty of liquids and rest. See If You Are Sick from the CDC. We will also notify the Health Department.

If I am positive, what happens to my family and household?

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 are encouraged to isolate as much as possible from other people. If you have a positive result, you will have to continue the isolation. We will recommend that your family members monitor themselves for symptoms.

What happens if I am negative?

If you are negative, you probably were not infected at the time your specimen was collected. But, a negative test result does not rule out getting sick later.

What happens if I am negative but still feel bad – can I be retested?

It is possible that you were very early in your infection at the time of your specimen collection. If your symptoms worsen, you should contact your provider, who will determine if you meet criteria for another test.

What if I don’t have insurance?

We provide testing regardless of if you have insurance or not.

What if I am not a Swope Health patient?

We are not able to provide testing to new patients at this time.

Will Swope Health offer testing into Wyandotte?

Yes. Wyandotte has established a separate clinic on the first floor of its building. Patients who meet criteria will be tested.

What if I live outside the area?

Swope Health can test established patients if they have an order from one of our providers.

Where do we send our patients who test positive?

Most patients with COVID-19 can be cared for at home. We provide education to help patients manage their symptoms and reduce the spread to others. All patients are educated about warning signs that indicate they should go to the Emergency Room.

Is Swope Health required to report all results to the city?


Is Swope Health testing members of the homeless community?

Yes, if they meet our criteria.

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