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Just yesterday, the state’s Department of Health and Human Services issued a statewide standing order for COVID-19 diagnostic testing that will help increase access to testing by allowing testing sites to collect and submit samples to a lab without requiring a specific order and authorizing the sites to receive the test results directly from the labs. By facilitating community-based testing sites across the state, the order seeks to remove barriers to testing, especially for marginalized populations, and increase reporting of both positive and negative test results to NC DHHS.
So how does one go about getting tested in Raleigh?
Dozens of facilities, ranging from urgent care centers to CVS pharmacies to family practice physicians and clinics and hospitals currently offer testing.
Some require referrals and some require appointments to be made beforehand; others do not. Some are free and some are not and some offer drive-through testing.
There are two kinds of tests available: a viral test, which will tell you if have a current infection, and an antibody test, which will tell you if you’ve had a past infection.
For the viral test, you or a medical professional will administer a nasal swab that is then sent off to a lab for analysis. You’ll receive your results in a few days, though new delays in getting COVID test results back are being reported. For the antibody test, your blood is drawn and sent off for analysis as well. The antibody test might not show if you have a current infection, as it can take between one and three weeks after infection for your body to make antibodies, but having antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 could mean you’ll be protected from being infected with the virus again.
If you have COVID symptoms, including cough, fever or shortness of breath, have been out in a crowd including at a protest or demonstration, or have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed, it’s important that you get tested for COVID-19.
Here is a list of places where you can get tested in Raleigh and what you need to do to get your test.
|Facility Name||Address||Appointment Required?||Referral Needed?||Testing Available to all Patients?||Drive-through Testing?|
|Avance Primary Care, Central Raleigh||815 Oberlin Road, #200||Yes. Call (919) 322-4722||Yes||Yes.||Yes|
|Advance Community Health||1011 Rock Quarry Road||Yes. Call (919) 833-3111||Yes||Yes.|
|Wake County VA CBOC||3040 Hammond Business Place Suite 105||Yes. Call (919) 899- 6259||No||No.||No|
|CVS||3051 New Bern Avenue ||Yes. Call (919) 231- 8511||No||No||Yes|
|WakeMed Raleigh Campus||3000 New Bern Avenue||Yes. Call (919) 899- 6259||Yes||Yes||No|
|US Veterans Affairs Department||3305 Sungate Boulevard||Yes. Call (919) 212- 0129||No||No||No|
|Passport Health Raleigh Travel Clinic||3000 Highroads Boulevard||Yes. Call (919) 781- 0053||No||Yes||No|
|Duke Raleigh Hospital||3400 Wake Forest Road||Yes. Call the Duke COVID hotline at (919) 385-0429||Yes||Yes||No|
|CVS||3500 Wake Forest Road||Yes. Call (919) 855- 5694||No||No. Limited appointments available, patients stay in their vehicle.||Yes|
|NeighborHealth Center||4201 Lake Boone Trail||Yes. Call nurse line at (984) 222- 8000. Select option 4.||No||Yes. When you reach the office, remain in your car and await instruction or call the nurse line upon arrival.||No|
|UNC Rex Hospital||4420 Lake Boone Trail||Yes. Call (919) 784- 3100||Yes||Yes||No|
|NextCare Urgent Care||4100 Wake Forest Road||Yes. Book a time at next care.com/curbside||No||Yes||Yes|
|Passport Health Triangle Duraleigh||3100 Duraleigh Road, Suite 210||Yes. Call (919) 781- 0053||No||Yes||No|
|FastMed Urgent Care||1311 East Millbrook Road||No||No||Yes||No|
|CVS||2340 Spring Forest Road||Yes. Call (919) 790- 6401||No||Yes||Yes|
|FastMed Urgent Care||6010 Glenwood Avenue||No||No||Yes||No|
|FastMed Urgent Care||6500 Creedmoor Raod||No||No||Yes||No|
|CVS||6840 Glenwood Avenue||Yes. Call (919) 781- 8604||No||Yes||Yes|
|Avance Primary Care, Northeast Raleigh||7510 Ramble Way, #107||Yes. Call (919) 747- 3033||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Select Family Practice||10932 Raven Ridge Road||Yes. Call (919) 676- 0202||No||Yes||No|
|WakeMed North Hospital||10000 Falls of Neuse Road||Yes. Call (919) 350- 8000||Yes||Yes||No|
|Avance Care North Raleigh||12341 Strickland Road||Yes. Call (919) 865- 8000||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Heritage Urgent & Primary Care Raleigh||13271 Strickland Road #120||Yes. Call (919) 741- 4677||No||Yes||No|
|CVS||13304 Leesville Church Road||Yes. Call (919) 845- 5276||No||No||Yes|
|Avance Primary Care, Northwest Raleigh||7850 Brier Creek Parkway, Suite 220||Yes. Call (919) 578- 7008||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Capital Family Medicine||10831 Forest Pines Drive||Yes. Call (919) 488- 8066||No||Yes||No|
Additionally, there are several pop up testing sites all over the city and county. Learn more here.
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