How do I get tested for COVID-19?

Before coming to the hospital, emergency room or urgent care center, please use our online assessment tool to evaluate if you are at risk or call our COVID-19 hotline, 833-692-2784 for appropriate next steps.

Baptist Health Urgent Care and Urgent Care Express centers are NOT community testing sites. We do not accept outside prescriptions for testing. All Baptist Health urgent care patients will have a screening exam and our providers will determine if a test is medically necessary (you must meet the testing criteria.) Please note that we are experiencing longer than normal wait times at many of our urgent care centers.

It is highly recommended that you talk to your doctor, who can determine if you meet the criteria established by the Florida Department of Health for testing. If you do not have a doctor, or he or she is unavailable, Baptist Health offers online doctor visits on our Baptist Health Care On Demand telehealth app. Or, you can contact the Florida Department of Health directly by calling the Coronavirus Hotline at 1-866-779-6121 or emailing COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

Screening

If your symptoms are slight or mild, call your doctor or use the Baptist Health Care on Demand app to get screened by one of our online doctors who will determine the best course of action for you.

Testing

If it is determined that you meet the criteria for testing, you will then be tested.

Treatment

If you do test positive for the virus, your doctor will recommend a treatment plan that, depending on the severity of your symptoms, may include hospitalization or self-quarantine at home.

COVID-19 Test Results

  • If you were tested for COVID-19 at a Baptist Health location, you will be contacted by text message or phone when your results are available.

    Many patients will be able to view their results in their patient portal as soon as those results are available. You may access the patient portal in the links below. Please note, to protect the privacy of minors ages 12-17, portal access is not available for patients in that age group. You may request medical records online for patients ages 12-17 by visiting the medical records page. At this time, results are not available in the patient portal for Bethesda Hospital East or Bethesda Hospital West.

    Patient Portal Links:

    Boca Raton Regional Hospital  All other Baptist Health Locations

    Patients may also request their medical records, which include their COVID-19 test results, online by visiting the medical records page.

    If you have other questions about testing or accessing your results, call 833-692-2784.

  • We are sending all samples collected to private labs for testing. Results may take up to 10 days to process. In the meantime, continue to follow the guidance of our medical professionals and stay home. If your symptoms worsen, contact your primary care physician or use the Baptist Health Care On Demand telehealth app.

  • Baptist Health is offering Covid testing for work and travel clearances only at Urgent Care Express locations on an appointment-only basis. Save your spot online in advance in one of these locations:

Concerned you may have COVID-19?

Use our online Coronavirus Assessment tool or call our COVID-19 hotline, 833-692-2784.

Start your online assessment now

Emergency Warning Signs

Emergency warning signs include the following.
This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion or inability to arouse
Bluish lips or face

High-Risk Individuals

Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

People at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild.

How much does the COVID-19 test cost?

Baptist Health South Florida is adhering to cost-sharing guidelines set forth by the federal government and administered by our patients’ insurance companies. Our billed charge for COVID-19 testing is $75, however, you may be eligible for free or reduced cost sharing for COVID-19 testing. Recent legislation requires insurance companies to provide coverage at no cost to the patient for COVID-19 testing and the related visit to perform the test for services beginning on March 18, 2020. Insurance companies may apply standard cost sharing for services prior to March 18, 2020, and also for services that did not include a COVID-19 test and for COVID-19 treatment. Please contact your insurance company for additional details. Uninsured patients who receive COVID-19 testing and care at our facilities may qualify for federal coverage for COVID-19 related services or Baptist Health’s financial assistance program.

We are closely monitoring federal and state legislation and will continue to update our site with relevant information as it becomes available.

In-House Testing

Baptist Health uses a combination of external and in-house testing. Some tests may be conducted by the Molecular Diagnostic Lab at Baptist Hospital, which received approval from the FDA for an in-house test developed by the lab. Click here for information about this new test.