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COVID-19 testing

Need a test? Whether you have COVID-19 symptoms or need a test for upcoming travel or activities — we have options.

Have symptoms? Get tested for COVID-19.

Think you need a COVID-19 test? If you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing, or you’ve been around someone suspected to have COVID-19 or who’s had a laboratory-confirmed positive test — you meet the CDC’s guidelines for testing.

Note: Unless you have severe symptoms and no other options for care, don’t go to the emergency room (ER) for COVID-19 testing. The ER is often a crowded place, so the risk of infection to you and others is higher there. 

If you meet the guidelines for COVID-19 testing, you can do one of the following:

  • Screen yourself for symptoms and, based on your self-screening results, schedule a COVID-19 test via our patient portal MyGeisinger (or the MyChart mobile app).
  • Call your primary care doctor or pediatrician.
  • Call our COVID-19 hotline at 570-284-3657.

How to screen yourself (and schedule a COVID test) in MyGeisinger:

  1. Log into MyGeisinger or MyChart mobile app.
  2. Click “appointments,” then “schedule an appointment.”
  3. Choose “schedule an appointment by selecting your reason for the visit.”
  4. Click “coronavirus (COVID-19) testing.”
  5. Answer the screening questions, then walk through the steps to schedule your COVID test

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COVID-19 updates: Visit Geisinger's Coronavirus Resource Center for the latest information and helpful resources.

COVID-19 testing for travel (self-pay)

Need a COVID-19 test for your upcoming travel plans (or other activities)? Our ConvenientCare clinics have you covered with self-pay testing. Here’s what you need to know:

Where can I get a COVID-19 test for travel or other activities?

Anyone age 12 months and older can get a COVID-19 test at any of our ConvenientCare clinics. Tests are available by appointment only. 

Note: COVID-19 testing for travel is not available at our ConvenientCare+ clinics. If your child is younger than 12 months, contact your pediatrician for advice on testing.

How do I make an appointment?

You can either screen yourself and schedule a COVID test in MyGeisinger (see instructions above) or call our COVID-19 hotline at 570-284-3657.

How much does a COVID-19 travel test cost?

Because tests for travel aren’t considered medically necessary, they’re not typically covered by health insurance. At Geisinger, the total out-of-pocket cost is $140.

We accept FSA and HSA cards in addition to major credit/debit cards.

What type of test is performed? 

At Geisinger, we’re performing reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (or RT-PCR) tests.

How and when will I get my COVID-19 test results?

You should receive your test results within 24 to 48 hours. And you can view them in MyGeisinger or the MyChart mobile app.

Your results will only be available in MyGeisinger/MyChart. Don’t have an account? Sign up for MyGeisinger today.

Where can I get the latest guidance on traveling during COVID-19?

For the latest guidance on traveling, COVID-19 testing and more, visit the CDC.

Getting your COVID-19 test results

No matter your reason for getting tested, your COVID-19 test results should be available in MyGeisinger and the MyChart mobile-app within 24 to 48 hours.

If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19, be sure to stay home and away from others, and contact your healthcare provider for guidance. Read tips for recovering from COVID-19 at home.

COVID-19 hotline

Call our hotline for answers about testing and care recommendations.