How and Where to Get Tested for COVID in Raleigh

In Buzz, July/August 2020, Web Exclusive by Jane Porter1 Comment

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WEB EXCLUSIVE In North Carolina, COVID-19 case numbers are still rising day over day, as are hospitalizations, but the good news is that more and more people are getting tested.

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 NameAddressAppointment Required?Referral Needed?Testing Available to all Patients?Drive-through Testing?
Avance Primary Care, Central Raleigh815 Oberlin Road, #200Yes. Call (919) 322-4722YesYes. Yes
Advance Community Health1011 Rock Quarry RoadYes. Call (919) 833-3111YesYes.
Wake County VA CBOC3040 Hammond Business Place Suite 105Yes. Call (919) 899- 6259NoNo. No
CVS3051 New Bern Avenue 
Yes. Call (919) 231- 8511NoNoYes
WakeMed Raleigh Campus3000 New Bern AvenueYes. Call (919) 899- 6259YesYesNo
US Veterans Affairs Department 3305 Sungate BoulevardYes. Call (919) 212- 0129NoNoNo
Passport Health Raleigh Travel Clinic3000 Highroads BoulevardYes. Call (919) 781- 0053NoYesNo
Duke Raleigh Hospital 3400 Wake Forest RoadYes. Call the Duke COVID hotline at (919) 385-0429YesYesNo
CVS3500 Wake Forest RoadYes. Call (919) 855- 5694NoNo. Limited appointments available, patients stay in their vehicle. Yes
NeighborHealth Center4201 Lake Boone TrailYes. Call nurse line at (984) 222- 8000. Select option 4. NoYes. 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- 3100YesYesNo
NextCare Urgent Care4100 Wake Forest RoadYes. Book a time at next
Passport Health Triangle Duraleigh3100 Duraleigh Road, Suite 210Yes. Call (919) 781- 0053NoYesNo
FastMed Urgent Care1311 East Millbrook RoadNoNoYesNo
CVS2340 Spring Forest RoadYes. Call (919) 790- 6401NoYesYes
FastMed Urgent Care6010 Glenwood AvenueNoNoYesNo
FastMed Urgent Care6500 Creedmoor RaodNoNoYesNo
CVS6840 Glenwood AvenueYes. Call (919) 781- 8604NoYes Yes
Avance Primary Care, Northeast Raleigh7510 Ramble Way, #107Yes. Call (919) 747- 3033YesYesYes
Select Family Practice10932 Raven Ridge RoadYes. Call (919) 676- 0202NoYesNo
WakeMed North Hospital 10000 Falls of Neuse RoadYes. Call (919) 350- 8000YesYesNo
Avance Care North Raleigh12341 Strickland RoadYes. Call (919) 865- 8000YesYesYes
Heritage Urgent & Primary Care Raleigh13271 Strickland Road #120Yes. Call (919) 741- 4677NoYesNo
CVS13304 Leesville Church RoadYes. Call (919) 845- 5276NoNoYes
Avance Primary Care, Northwest Raleigh7850 Brier Creek Parkway, Suite 220Yes. Call (919) 578- 7008YesYesYes
Capital Family Medicine10831 Forest Pines DriveYes. Call (919) 488- 8066NoYesNo

Additionally, there are several pop up testing sites all over the city and county. Learn more here.

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