Published on October 04, 2021

Where to Go For COVID-19 Testing

There are many different scenarios that might require a test for COVID-19. Paul Berg, M.D., a family medicine physician and president of MidMichigan Physicians Group, answers some common questions regarding where to go for COVID-19 testing.

I am experiencing COVID-19 or upper respiratory illness symptoms. What should I do? 

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or other upper respiratory illness, contact your primary care provider to schedule an appointment. If you do not have a primary care provider, you may contact one of MidMichigan’s Urgent Care locations to schedule an appointment. A list of our Urgent Care locations can be found on our website at www.midmichigan.org/urgentcare.

I don’t have any COVID-19 symptoms but need a test. What should I do?

If you’re in need of a test prior to traveling, or to return to work or school, but you are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, you first need to check with your workplace or travel destination to determine what type of test is required. If a PCR test is required, call your primary care provider to schedule an appointment for testing. If you don’t have a primary care provider, or they don’t offer this service, you may contact one of MidMichigan’s Urgent Care locations to schedule an appointment for a test. PCR test results are more accurate, and results take 24 to 48 hours. 

If an antigen test, which provides results in 10 to 15 minutes, is acceptable for you to return to work, school or travel, you may get one at most local pharmacies.

I need a COVID-19 test prior to a surgical procedure. What should I do?

If you need a COVID-19 test prior to a surgical procedure, you will be given pre-surgical instructions on where to get tested. If you have questions related to your COVID-19 test, contact your surgeon’s office. 

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit www.midmichigan.org/covid19. Inquiries can also be sent to MidMichigan Health via Facebook Messenger at www.facebook.com/midmichigan.