How to Get a COVID-19 Test


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This post was updated on December 8, 2020.

Proper testing for COVID-19 is essential to slowing the spread of the virus, keeping our community healthy, and offering peace of mind to patients.

Please note that the recommendations below are subject to change based on the availability of test kits.

Community Testing at Health Express

How can I get a COVID-19 test?

Health Express offers testing in select locations. We offer both a send-out PCR test that provides results via to Quest Diagnostics' secure portal within an estimated 72 hours and a limited number of rapid Abbott tests, which provide results in 15 minutes. 

Most patients who do not have symptoms will receive the send-out test. The rapid Abbott tests, which provide results in 15 minutes, are typically reserved for patients who have COVID-19 symptoms. 

Appointments are required for all COVID-19 tests. Walk-ins are not permitted.

To schedule an appointment, please visit and follow the instructions for COVID-19 testing.

Medical insurance will cover the test if you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, cough, fatigue, loss of taste/smell, difficulty breathing, or nausea, have a known exposure to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or if you are testing with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for contact tracing purposes.

If you do not have symptoms and need the test for only for screening purposes, such as returning to school or related to the travel order, insurance will not cover the visit. Health Express's send-out test costs $180.00, which includes the exam by the provider and the test.

South Shore Medical Center Patients

How can I get a COVID-19 test?

Patients who have a primary care provider at South Shore Medical Center and are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should contact their provider to schedule a telehealth visit.

South Shore Medical Center patients who are not experiencing symptoms or who require tests for travel, work, or school-related reasons should schedule appointments to be tested at Health Express.

Patients who are experiencing severe symptoms, such as respiratory distress, should seek emergency care. Please refer to the CDC website for detailed information on COVID-19 symptoms.