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COVID-19 Testing

Yale New Haven Health’s COVID-19 testing sites offer PCR testing to adults and children who may have symptoms (symptomatic), those without symptoms (asymptomatic) and those scheduled for procedures at our locations. At this time appointments are required.

Symptomatic/Asymptomatic

Multiple COVID-19 public testing sites are available to accommodate adults and children who have COVID symptoms or those who need travel or other documentation.

Pre-procedure

If you need a test for a medical procedure at Yale New Haven Health, you will be contacted to schedule that test within three days of your procedure.

 

FAQ: Covid-19 Related Testing Costs

Depending on your insurance policy and benefit plan, you may be responsible for some portion of your testing costs (such as a deductible, co-pay or co-insurance).

I need a test to have surgery. Will Insurance cover the test?

When providers order a COVID-19 test, they will indicate if the test is needed for surgery or a procedure. In these cases, COVID-19 testing before your surgery or procedure will be billed to your insurance company. You will not experience any out-of-pocket cost for this type of testing. If you do not have insurance, you will not be billed for this test.

What if I need a test for a different reason?

There are many other reasons why you may need or want a COVID-19 test. Some of these reasons are listed below:

  • Experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
  • Had a close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • Required to test by an employer, school or other organization*
  • Testing for travel, recreation or some other reason*

While many insurance companies will cover the cost of COVID-19 testing, each insurance carrier may have a different policy. Insurance carrier’s coverage for COVID-19 testing may differ depending on the reason for testing. Please check with your insurance carrier before scheduling your appointment at a Yale New Haven Health testing site.

Depending on your insurance policy and benefit plan, you may be responsible for some portion of your testing costs (such as a deductible, co-pay or co-insurance). If your insurance company denies coverage for your COVID-19 test, you will receive a bill for testing. Our business office will determine the test cost at that time.

*Not billed through insurance, patient will be billed directly

Who can answer questions about the cost of a test?

Please contact your insurance carrier with questions regarding the cost of a test. Staff at our testing sites are happy to assist you, but they are not able to answer questions about specific costs or insurance policy benefits.

Please use our Patient Estimator to get an estimate of the cost of your test.

What happens if I do not have insurance?

Please use our Patient Estimator to get an estimate of the cost of your test.

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FAQ: Covid-19 Testing Appointments

Appointments are required at all COVID-19 testing sites. View our frequently asked questions for more appointment information.

Where are COVID tests offered?

Hospital Emergency Departments do not provide COVID screening tests. If you need a COVID screening test, please schedule through one of our sites.

How do I make an appointment?

We offer same day and next day appointments with convenient self-scheduling 7 days a week. Schedule an appointment now.

Can my child get tested?

Yes, we perform COVID-19 testing on all ages from 0 and up.

What if I need a pre-procedure appointment?

If you need a test for a medical procedure at Yale-New Haven Health System, you will be contacted to schedule that test within three days of your procedure. Please do not use the self-schedule website to schedule your test.

If you are being tested for a medical procedure and have questions about the test process or would like to schedule your test, please contact the YNHHS COVID Hotline Call Center for assistance at (833)- ASK-YNHH or (833)-275-9644 7 days per week 7am-7pm for assistance.

COVID-19 testing before your surgery or procedure will be billed to your insurance company. You will not experience any out-of-pocket cost for this type of testing. If you do not have insurance, you will not be billed for this test.

How long does it take to get my results?

Due to current demands for testing, results are typically available within 2 days.

How will I receive the results?

All results will be released into YNHHS Epic MyChart and will include the laboratory CLIA#, address, and phone number. Negative results may be reported as “Negative” or “Not Detected” depending on the test used. Regulations will not allow the result to be changed from one to the other.

 

FAQ: About COVID Tests

All results will be generated by a sensitive viral RNA test using PCR or an equivalent gold-standard method. Learn more about the difference between PCR and antigen testing.

What kind of tests does Yale New Haven Health provide?

All results will be generated by a sensitive viral RNA test using PCR or an equivalent gold-standard method. These tests are the highest quality tests because of their superior accuracy in detecting COVID-19, even in people who are asymptomatic. We are not able to honor requests for a specific type of test to be run.

When should I test again after testing positive?

Repeat PCR testing is NOT generally indicated within 90 days of a positive test, especially among patients with symptoms of COVID-19. If you are required to test for return to school or work, consider home testing with an antigen test if your employer’s or school’s policy allows this.

Should I get tested even if I have been vaccinated?

Yes, it is important to continue to be tested if you are experiencing symptoms or if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, even after vaccination. Please do not attribute your symptoms to allergies or a cold simply because you have been vaccinated. There continues to be transmission of COVID-19 by people who do not have symptoms or who do not know they are infected. Timely and frequent testing will help identify and prevent the unintentional spread of COVID-19 throughout our communities.

Why is testing for COVID-19 still important since so many people have been vaccinated?

Continuing to be tested for COVID-19 helps the entire population by detecting variants and preventing transmission. It is also critically important to continue testing for the health of our families, friends and communities.