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Recent change from Pennsylvania Department of Health: Anyone age 16 and older can now schedule and receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 13, 2021.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing Locations

AHN currently has seven Coronavirus testing locations in the Pittsburgh and Erie regions. These are by appointment only. You must be experiencing symptoms associated with Coronavirus — including fever, cough, shortness of breath, vomiting, gastrointestinal issues, or loss of smell or taste — and receive a testing order from a doctor in order to receive a Coronavirus test at an AHN testing location. 

As we work to slow the spread of Coronavirus, these collection sites will help protect our patients, staff, and community.

Steps to get a Coronavirus test:

  1. If you’re experiencing symptoms — such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath — stay in your home. Call your doctor’s office, schedule a virtual visit through MyChart, or call (412) NURSE-4-U (412) 687-7348 to discuss symptoms and next steps.
  2. Your doctor will evaluate you based on your symptoms and determine the best course of treatment, which may or may not include a Coronavirus test.
  3. After the Coronavirus test is ordered, you will be able to self-schedule through MyChart. If you do not have a MyChart account, please call 412-NURSE-4-U (412) 687-7348 to schedule your ordered test at an AHN testing location. You will receive location information at that time. 
  4. To view your Coronavirus testing status and results, log into MyChart and click the COVID‑19 icon to view your Coronavirus testing status. Your status will be updated when results are finalized and confirmed. Please do not call (412) NURSE-4-U (412) 687-7348 as you will be notified when your results are final.

We understand this process may be frustrating — but it’s in the best interest of the community to make sure we can manage the testing capacity and availability of tests to those who need it most. By having multiple levels of screenings, we can ensure the right patients get the right tests and everyone stays as healthy as possible.

If you’re experiencing a true medical emergency, dial 911 or visit your nearest emergency department. We recommend calling ahead to the ED so that they know your symptoms.

While the CDC recommends Coronavirus testing for people without symptoms, who have been directly exposed to someone diagnosed with Coronavirus, AHN does not offer testing for these individuals. This measure is being taken so that AHN has adequate testing supplies for symptomatic patients and can expedite results for those who are most vulnerable to the illness. 

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Have questions? We have answers.

I have a question about getting Coronavirus testing:

Can I just show up to a Coronavirus testing location?

Unfortunately, no. To be as efficient as possible, you’ll need to have a doctor’s order. Follow the three steps above if you’re showing symptoms.

How do I get a Coronavirus testing order?

Follow the three steps above if you’re showing symptoms — cough, fever, or shortness of breath. Call your doctor’s office, 412-NURSE-4-U (412) 687-7348, or schedule a virtual visit through MyChart. Your doctor will evaluate you based on your symptoms and determine the best course of treatment, which may or may not include a COVID-19 test.

How do I get an appointment at the Coronavirus testing location?

Your doctor will evaluate you based on your symptoms and determine the best course of treatment, which may include a COVID-19 test. If that’s the case, your doctor will send you a test order. At that point, you will be able to self-schedule through MyChart. If you do not have a MyChart account, call 412-NURSE-4-U (412) 687-7348 to schedule your ordered test at an AHN testing location

Are you doing Coronavirus testing for children?

Yes — if a child is symptomatic, has seen a doctor, and has a test order, the child can get tested at a collection site.

Can my whole family be tested if a doctor orders Coronavirus testing for one of us?

Unfortunately, no. The test order is only for that specific person. If you have been prescribed a test, try to limit your interactions with your family until you have test results.

I have a question about the cost or coverage of the Coronavirus testing:

How much is a test?

The federal government has issued a directive requiring health insurance companies to waive member cost-sharing amounts for testing for COVID-19.  Health insurance plans were informed to eliminate cost sharing, co-pays, deductibles, and coinsurance for medically necessary testing for COVID-19.  The
federal government has also passed legislation that provides free coronavirus
testing to individuals without insurance. COVID-19 testing covered with no cost to patients, requires an insurer to pay either the rate specified in a contract between the provider and the insurer, or, if there is no contract, a cash price posted by the provider.  Insurance companies with whom an AHN facility does not have a contract may find the cash price for COVID-19 testing; SARS COV2 COVID AMB PROBE $77.00, SARS COV2 COVID AMB PROBE HTP $150.00,  COVID AB MULTIPLE STEP $63.00, SARS COV2 COVID/FLU A B AMB PROBE $214.00, SARS COV2 COVID/FLU A B/RSV AMB PROBE $214.00, BIOFIRE RESPIRATORY PANEL 2.1 $625.00, QIASTAT DX RESP SARS COV2 PANEL $625.00, CEPHEID XPERT XPRESS COVID/FLU $214.00, and CEPHEID XPERT EXPRESS COVID/FLU/RSV
$214.00.

Allegheny Health Network (AHN) promises to provide medically necessary services to patients no matter how much they can pay. If you have questions, or need assistance with information regarding the AHN Financial Assistance program, or other government programs, please visit ahn.org/about/uninsured-financial-assistance. You may also contact an AHN Customer Service for Hospital and Physician Billing by calling 1-844-801-8400 between 8:30 AM. and 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday.

How will I be billed?

Copays, deductibles, or co-insurance may apply. You will not need to present your insurance card at the collection site.

I don’t have insurance. What should I do?

Please call the PA Department of Health or your county health department.

I have a prescribed test order and have questions about the Coronavirus screening:

What if I don’t have MyChart?

You can still get tested if you don’t have MyChart.

Interested in an account? Sign up for MyChart now.

When are the Coronavirus testing sites open?

Right now, the hours of operation vary based on volume and requests for appointments at each location. Please check for available appointment times using your MyChart. If you don’t have MyChart, call (412) NURSE-4-U (412) 687-7348 to find available appointment times near you.

Why are these Coronavirus testing locations not at hospitals?

We’ve put these collection sites closer to where people live and work. It also helps to lessen the strain and risk of spread to our emergency departments. That helps protect people who are most vulnerable due to other health conditions.

I’m going to a test collection site; will I have access to a bathroom?

For everyone’s safety, you will not have access to a bathroom.

I have a test order and I’m going to get screened. What should I expect?

For starters, please come alone if possible. You’ll be asked to verbally verify your name, date of birth, and address. Please follow the direction of the staff once you arrive at the site. Remember, masks are required to enter the building.

How long until I get my results?

COVID-19 test results will be back in 3-5 days. Log into your MyChart app, click the “COVID‑19” icon to view your Coronavirus testing status. Please do not call (412) NURSE-4-U (412) 687-7348 as you will be notified when your results are final.

How is the test given?

For enhanced safety of our employees, you will do a supervised self-swab. You will collect your own sample through a nasal swab, a quick process that takes less than 30 seconds. A staff member will guide you through it and give you direction.

What should I do after I complete my test?

Stay safely in your home as you wait for results. Since you’ve been ordered to have Coronavirus testing, for control and prevention, follow guidelines as if you have the virus until you get your results. If you’re experiencing an immediate medical emergency, call 911. Make sure to mention you have been tested for COVID-19.

How long will I have to wait at the Coronavirus testing location?

By setting up appointments, we’re doing our best to avoid long wait times.

How do I get the results of my Coronavirus test?

The doctor who ordered your test will contact you with results. You may receive your test results in MyChart before hearing from the doctor’s office. 

Log in to MyChart, click the COVID‑19 icon to view your Coronavirus testing status. If your test was ordered by an AHN provider, your status will be updated when results are finalized and confirmed. Please do not call (412) NURSE-4-U as you will be notified when your results are final. 

Your results will show as one of the following:

Not Detected = virus not detected = test negative 

Detected = virus has been detected = test positive

Contact your provider to discuss quarantine status. 

How are you protecting employees?

We’re following all Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for screening and caring for patients. Our teams at the test collection sites will have the same protective gear they would have at the hospital.