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COVID Testing Cleveland

A leading urgent care center in Northeast Ohio, Health Express, offers COVID-19 testing 7 days a week. You can book a COVID test online for one of our 4 Ohio urgent care clinics in the North Ridgeville, Avon Lake, Mayfield Heights, Parma, and surrounding areas.

Need to meet virtually? Schedule a telehealth appointment!

Get a COVID Test & Results in 3 Easy Steps

We make access to COVID-19 testing sites easy and stress-free. You’ll take 3 easy steps to schedule your COVID-19 test and receive your results. Please visit our locations page to book your visit with us as you must schedule your COVID appointment. We are open 7 days a week for your convenience.

Please note: Even if you schedule a an appointment with us for COVID testing, you will still to be seen, as we are an urgent care clinic seeing other minor emergencies. Booking ahead ensures you’ll receive a same day COVID test. You will be taken back in the order in which you arrive and complete all paperwork. As an urgent care center, we are not a free COVID testing facility. Please contact your insurance company to find out what your specific plan covers for your visit.

Schedule An Appointment

Simply schedule your COVID testing visit on our website or schedule a virtual visit to be screened via telemed, then tested at our center. We are not accepting walk-in COVID testing at this time.

For online scheduling, you may schedule your telehealth visit here  OR  schedule your in-person visit at any of our locations here

Visit One Of Our Clinics

If you scheduled an in-person visit online, you’ll head to the front desk upon arrival with your ID and insurance card(s) and our friendly receptionist will get you checked-in. Please do not check-in from your car – you must come into the facility for us to know you’re here.

If you had a telemed visit with us for your COVID screening, our provider will have provided you with a location and number to call upon arrival for your fast COVID testing (avoids the lobby wait). Upon arrival, you’ll dial the phone number provided during your virtual visit and we will ask you to come through the door designated for a no-wait COVID-19 test. 

Wait For Your Results

After you visit with our provider for your brief COVID screening, you’ll receive the appropriate COVID test for your needs. Rapid COVID tests results are provided in 10-15 minutes and you’ll have your rapid results before you leave.

PCR COVID test results usually come back within 2-4 days. During your visit, we’ll provide you with a link to check your PCR COVID test results online. Please note, PCR tests are sent to an outside lab and we can not control how long they take to provide results for you, but results are usually released to you within 2-4 days.

About Our COVID-19 Tests

We test with a nasal swab for active Coronavirus infections and test for previous infection. A blood test (simple single finger prick) identifies antibodies, which indicate a previous COVID infection- the antibody test is a simple finger prick, even most children do well with these. We offer rapid antibody, rapid antigen, and PCR COVID testing.

Rapid COVID Test

The rapid antigen COVID test is  recommended when patients already have COVID-19 symptoms and need a result the same day. The rapid antigen test is most accurate if taken within five days of experiencing symptoms. Using a swab, our provider will collect a mucus sample from your nostril. Rapid antigen COVID tests are on-the-spot screening tests that detect proteins in the virus and, as the name suggests, deliver results within minutes before you leave our office.

PCR COVID Test

Considered the gold standard for coronavirus tests, the PCR COVID test can detect the virus within a few days of infection, even when no symptoms are present. The PCR test works best for patients with current symptoms, who are planning to travel and need the PCR test, or for exposure of COVID who have been within 6 feet of someone who tested positive for the virus. Results are usually available within 2-4 days.

Rapid Antibody COVID Test

If you’re asymptomatic after exposure to COVID-19, it doesn’t mean you were not infected. The antibody blood test can indicate a patient has had an active COVID case. The antibody test detects antibodies to COVID-19, developed after either exposure to the virus or after a vaccination. Test results come back in approx. 15 minutes. This test doesn’t detect active infections.

Virtual COVID Screening

Health Express now offers virtual visits from the comfort and privacy of your own home! Schedule your screening from our website. We accept most insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare. During the virtual screening, we will schedule a COVID testing appointment at the COVID-19 test location nearest to you.

Do you think you
have COVID-19?

Exposure to COVID-19 doesn’t guarantee you’ll develop an active case. You may also have the virus without any symptoms. While most people experience mild symptoms and recover relatively quickly, there are individuals who develop severe coronavirus symptoms and require hospitalization.

Here’s a list of what to look for if you think you might have COVID-19:

In some cases, patients experience a loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. These are non-life-threatening COVID symptoms.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you need medical care as soon as possible.

Call your healthcare provider’s office or the hospital before you arrive. This helps hospital staff ensure they treat you in a designated environment where they can limit COVID exposure to everyone else.

There are symptoms unique to children with coronavirus. They may develop a rash accompanied by blue or purple lesions on their feet and toes.

Regardless of age, anytime you experience a persistent cough, fever, shortness of breath, or other symptoms that don’t get better in a few days, you should contact your healthcare provider.

Also, each state has a COVID-19 hotline you can access 24/7. The hotline provides answers to questions about symptoms, treatments, and vaccines. Your state’s health department website should provide links where you can get information, including the number of cases in each local community.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the coronavirus. Coronaviruses cause the common cold, but the one responsible for the current pandemic is a recent discovery. Researchers are still learning about this new virus.

Most people who develop an active case of the COVID-19 virus experience mild to moderate respiratory symptoms. They usually recover at home without medical treatment. Older adults, and people with certain underlying medical conditions are at higher risk of developing a more serious reaction to the illness.

Using the most current information available, we know we can slow down and even prevent transmission of the virus. Use good hand washing techniques or apply an alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently. Avoid touching your face.

The best way to prevent COVID is to be well-informed about the virus. Learn about the symptoms and how the virus spreads.

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through the air. It travels on droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Join your community in preventing the spread by washing hands frequently and covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. If you feel sick, stay home so that you don’t risk the health of someone else.

How to determine if you need a COVID test

Every testing site uses testing guidelines set by the state’s health department. Here, we allow the patient to determine whether they need a COVID-19 screening. Unlike other providers, we don’t require physician referral.

All you need to do is schedule your virtual screening, get the phone numbers of our testing sites. You do not need an appointment to get tested. Our facilities are walk-in friendly.

If you know you’ve been exposed to coronavirus, you should consider scheduling a screening. You can also walk into any of our locations where we administer COVID tests.

We follow state guidelines with regards to our procedures for COVID tests. If you have questions or aren’t sure you need testing, contact us for assistance. Our member of our staff can answer your questions, including questions about health insurance.

Safety measures we're taking for our patients

We’re concerned about the safety and well-being of all patients who come into the urgent care center. We’ve put guidelines in place to limit your exposure to COVID-19. When you arrive at one of our facilities, you will be directed where to register. We’ll also take your temperature and ask questions regarding your current health.
While we’re all about convenience, we also understand that during a health crisis, such as the pandemic, we all give up some conveniences to protect each other. We thank you for your patience as we ensure all patients understand the guidelines we’ve put in place.

How COVID Testing Works

COVID testing in the Cleveland area looks much like it does all over the country. We suggest taking advantage of our virtual screening process first. Should you decide you want or need to visit one of our testing sites, your provider will give you specific instructions during your virtual visit.

For a COVID-19 rapid test and the PCR COVID test, your healthcare provider will collect a mucus or saliva sample from your nose using a nasopharyngeal swab.

The individual administering the test will insert the swab to the back of your nose. If you need a nasal sample, the care provider may swab both nostrils. This ensures they collect enough mucus for an accurate test. The swab is slowly rotated as it’s removed, and the sample is sealed in a tube and sent off to a lab.

Our walk-in urgent care center requires appointments for COVID testing. While many of our patients start with a virtual screening, you’re free to schedule an in-person appointment for your COVID test at any of our locations in North Ridgeville, Avon Lake, Parma, or Mayfield Heights.

How can I protect myself from getting
have COVID-19?

You’ve likely heard varying news reports and even rumors from coworkers or family about protection from COVID 19. The best way to protect yourself is by avoiding exposure to the virus.

Wearing a mask is a thoughtful and compassionate step you can take to protect others from the virus. You’ll also want to practice social distancing, which includes maintaining a distance of at least six feet between yourself and other people.

It’s also wise to avoid crowds. The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you are to be exposed to COVID-19. Avoid any close contact with sick individuals.

Wash your hands frequently, using either soap and hot water for 20 seconds or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Don’t forget routine cleaning and disinfection of your living area and work spaces.

Finally, as soon as vaccine appointments become available, schedule yours and be sure to keep both appointments if you have the vaccine that requires two doses.

Need help finding our
locations?

We serve patients all over Northeast Ohio. Whether you plan to make an appointment or walk in to the clinic, we make it easy to find a location near you. You’ll find our contact information, including the address of each location, a map of each location, and email and phone contact details. We are currently requiring COVID testing to be made in advance by appointment only.

About Health Express
Urgent Care

We’re excited about our status as the preferred walk-in urgent care center in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Our team of caring, patient-centered doctors and medical professionals strive to deliver the highest quality of care to our patients. We believe the health and safety of every patient is vital to our mission of serving everyone in our community. When you visit our walk-in facilities, you won’t sit in the waiting room for long. We prioritize fast, easy healthcare regardless of your condition!