If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or require testing because you’ve been in close contact to someone with COVID-19, you have the following options:
Schedule a Drive-Thru Test
If you need a COVID-19 test, select your community or one nearby to schedule at an OSF drive-thru location. You will see the open appointments and locations. Select your preferred appointment, then log in to your OSF MyChart account to save time, or create an account for instant access to schedule your test. You may also schedule through guest access without creating an account.
NOTE: Test results will be in your OSF MyChart.
PLEASE NOTE: OSF PromptCare locations in Peoria and Morton have moved to walk-in only.
Community Testing Sites
Drive-thru and walk-up testing is also available at community testing sites near you. These tests are available for anyone with COVID-19 symptoms and those who are not experiencing any symptoms.
If you need to fulfill a state mandate or employer requirement, please use a community testing location, a retail pharmacy or an at-home test.
Resources and Information
What to Expect
During a viral test, a swab that looks like a long Q-tip is used to collect a sample from inside your nose. You will usually be asked to tilt your head back, then the swab will be inserted through your nose into your nasal cavity. You may be directed to self-collect a nasal specimen while under our supervision and guidance.
This swab can be uncomfortable, but it should not be painful. The discomfort lasts only a few seconds. You may be asked to blow your nose or breathe through your mouth to make the collection process easier.
The swab collects cells from inside your respiratory tract to be checked for the presence of COVID-19. A specimen can be collected using a single swab, or each nostril may be swabbed as part of the test.
Depending on the type of test, the swab is sent to a laboratory for analysis or checked at the clinic location.
Billing & Insurance
If you receive a COVID-19 test from OSF HealthCare, OSF will invoice your insurance to cover its portion of the cost of the test. You may or may not have an out-of-pocket cost, depending on your insurance plan.
Results: What They Mean
Results of a COVID-19 test are usually available within three to five days, unless you qualify for a rapid test within a clinic, in which case results may be available sooner.
There are three possible results of a COVID test:
- If you test positive for COVID-19, your provider will give you advice about what to do next.
- If you test negative for COVID-19, you will receive guidance from your provider and should continue to monitor yourself for symptoms.
- A very small number of tests may be inconclusive. If your result cannot be determined, your provider may recommend you get tested again.
Testing & Variant Strains
Viruses like the one that causes COVID-19 constantly change. Scientists have detected multiple variants, or strains, of this virus throughout the world.
OSF has confirmed that tests performed in our laboratories will detect these variants and continue to give reliable results.
Learn more about these strains through the CDC website.