Available Coronavirus Testing
We offer coronavirus (COVID-19) testing to patients 12 months of age and older at all of our UM Urgent Care centers.
At UM Urgent Care, all COVID-19 related patients are seen and evaluated by the provider on duty. This includes patients without symptoms, who present solely for a COVID-19 test.
We perform send-out PCR COVID-19 tests and a Rapid Antigen COVID-19 test to detect the presence of the virus. Our PCR and Rapid Antigen tests are able to detect the Omicron and Delta variants but DO NOT distinguish what variant of COVID-19 a patient has.
We offer serology testing, also known as antibodies testing – a blood test that can detect COVID-19 antibodies created by a patient's immune system in response to the virus.
Learn more about COVID testing.
Who Should be Tested?
You should consider being tested if:
- You have symptoms related to COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, difficulty breathing).
- You have been in close contact with an individual suspected of or confirmed to have COVID-19.
- You are required by your doctor, hospital or outpatient surgical center to have COVID-19 testing prior to a planned surgery.
- You are required by your employer to have COVID-19 testing prior to beginning or returning to work.
- You are required by another entity to have COVID-19 testing – to attend school or camp or for travel/transportation requirements.
COVID-19 rapid antigen testing results are available within 15 minutes. These results are reviewed during your visit.
COVID-19 test PCR tests are performed by LabCorp. PCR results typically take 2-4 days. Patients can access their PCR results via the LabCorp patient portal. Setup instructions to access the patient portal are given during your visit or you can access the portal at LabCorp.
Please Note: COVID-19 test and turnaround times are subject to change.
Positive Test Result
A positive test result means it is very likely that you have COVID-19. Your healthcare provider will discuss your care with you based on your medical history, current symptoms and possible exposures. You may be asked to stay home or follow additional precautions to avoid spreading the virus to others.
Negative Test Result
A negative test result means that you likely do not have COVID-19. It does not, however, preclude a SARS-CoV-2 infection with certainty. You will still need to continue practicing good social distancing and infection prevention measures, like wearing a mask outside the home and sanitizing and washing your hands frequently.
UM Urgent Care accepts most major insurance plans. If you plan to use your health insurance for your visit, you need to bring a valid ID and your current insurance card. Please contact your insurance company before being tested to see if you will be responsible for any of the testing fees.
All self-pay patients are responsible for UM Urgent Care's standard visit services fees. Learn more about Simple Payment Options for our patients who wish to pay using cash instead of insurance.
Getting a Test
As the state of Maryland's capacity for conducting coronavirus testing expands, people with coronavirus symptoms and, in some cases, those without can be tested for active COVID-19 disease.
What to do if:
- You don't have a primary care doctor. You can contact your city or county health department for advice, or call the UMMS Nurse Call Line, a free 24/7 phone service to answer questions from the community about coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
- You have mild symptoms. Coronavirus can be treated at home. Stay home, contact your doctor, monitor your health and avoid transmission to the rest of your household.
- You are at risk because of your age or underlying conditions. e sure to contact your doctor.
- You are having severe symptoms – difficulty breathing, pain or persistent pressure in your chest, or bluish lips or face. Don't waste time trying to get a test. Call 911 or go to the nearest hospital ER or urgent care center.
COVID-19 Testing Locations
You can receive a COVID-19 test at any of our UM Urgent Care locations. Walk-ins are welcome, or save yourself some time and check-in online.
UM Urgent Care centers focus on patient safety and comfort. Patients with any potential COVID-19 related symptoms are taken to a private suite upon arrival. Mandatory masking and social distancing measures are strictly followed.