COVID-19 Testing at Firelands
All COVID-19 testing is currently handled by appointment only. To obtain a COVID test, please follow these steps:
Firelands is now offering the ability to get COVID-19 testing – PCR or antigen – without a physician’s order. An appointment is required – call 419-557-7840 option 3. Central scheduling will tell you where your test will be collected when you schedule. Your testing location will be relayed to you when you schedule your appointment.
COVID-19 Test Results
Accessing your Firelands patient portal is the fastest way to receive your results. Test results may take up to 24-48 hours and will be available on your patient portal. If you don't have a patient portal, call 419-557-5500 for your results.
Other Care Options
If you need care, but don't have a family physician, visit Firelands Urgent Care
Firelands Urgent Care
Or, download the Firelands Virtual Care app and speak with a provider from your home.
Firelands Virtual Care
Methods of Testing
Polymerase Chain Reaction, or PCR testing, is considered the “gold standard” for the diagnosis of COVID-19. PCR testing is appropriate for all patient populations and varying levels of exposure. It detects the presence of the disease by replicating DNA from COVID-19 virus present in a patient’s sample. This test requires a deep nasal (nasopharyngeal) swab for specimen collection. Typical turnaround times range from one to four days from the time of collection.
Antigen testing is best indicated for individuals with known exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19 and is exhibiting symptoms of the infection. Generally, an antigen test is less specific than PCR testing, but can still be used as a diagnostic tool. It works by identifying a reaction between specific chemicals and virus particles present in a patient sample that appear to be COVID-19. If a reaction occurs in the test, the patient is positive for COVID-19. This test requires a swab just inside the nostril for specimen collection. Turnaround times range from 15 minutes to 24 hours from the time of collection.
Antibody Testing is used to determine a past infection of COVID-19. This test cannot diagnose a current active infection. Testing should occur three to four weeks after possible COVID-19 infection. This is a blood test that can be collected at any Firelands outpatient draw location. Turnaround times range from one to three days.
Travelers Requiring a Test
Firelands offers testing for those who have upcoming travel plans. To receive a travel test, visit Firelands Urgent Care, or schedule a test by calling 419-557-6555.