COVID-19 testing

How do I schedule a COVID-19 test?

Once your physician has submitted an order for a COVID-19 test, you may call Central Scheduling at 630-527-3200 to make your appointment.

Patients can also schedule their own COVID-19 test through MyChart® (an active physician order from an Edward-Elmhurst provider is required).

To sign-up for MyChart, download the MyEEHealth™ app and create a MyChart account. The MyEEHealth app is available from the App Store and Google Play.

Where can I get a COVID-19 test?

Edward-Elmhurst Health offers COVID-19 testing at various outpatient lab locations (appointments are required) with a physician order.

COVID-19 PCR testing is also available at our Immediate Care locations (with an accompanying patient visit). No appointment is necessary for the 2-day/regular test.

Find a location

We are currently not offering rapid COVID-19 testing at our walk-in locations. We apologize for the inconvenience.

*See below for other COVID-19 testing sites in the community.

What is the cost of COVID-19 testing?

With the end of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s COVID-19 Uninsured Program, there will be changes to the billing pathways for insured and uninsured patients for COVID-19 testing:

  • Patients with insurance: Most insurance providers cover the full cost, or part of the cost, of COVID-19 testing. Insured patients will be billed any remaining out-of-pocket balance for their COVID-19 test after insurance pays.

  • Patients without insurance: Uninsured patients will now be billed for the cost of their COVID-19 test. Prior to billing, we will screen uninsured patients for financial assistance. Additionally, community-based testing sites that provide low- or no-cost COVID-19 tests are also available. Learn more

When will I find out my test results?

If results are not available at the time of the test, patients will receive their COVID-19 test results through their MyChart account or from their doctor’s office.

Keep in mind, if your test is negative, it is possible you were not infected at the time your specimen was collected and you could become positive later.

Learn how to print your COVID-19 test results with MyChart

What is the process for COVID-19 pre-op testing? 

We currently require pre-procedure COVID-19 testing for certain patients. Testing protocols may change in the future as we continue to re-evaluate based on guidance from the IDPH and CDC.

Pre-procedure COVID-19 testing by PCR is required only for patients who:

  • Have symptoms of COVID-19 or were exposed to someone with COVID-19 (close household contacts within 10 days); OR
  • Require ICU admission (planned or unplanned) following their procedure

Some providers may continue to test at their discretion. Testing must be completed within 72 hours of the procedure. Either Pre-Op or Central Scheduling will contact you to make an appointment for testing. 

Patients being tested for COVID-19 prior to surgery or a procedure must self-quarantine from the time of your test until your surgery or procedure. You will receive guidelines to follow.

Exception: Patients who cannot self-quarantine due to work or other required activities must wear a mask at all times (at work and in public), wash hands frequently, avoid large crowds, and maintain proper social distance at work or in public. If you are not able to follow these guidelines or if your COVID-19 test result is positive, your surgery or procedure may be delayed or cancelled.

If you need a surgical procedure and you haven’t been vaccinated, you should get vaccinated against COVID-19 before surgery to protect yourself and others.

*Other COVID-19 test sites

Testing also is available to Illinois residents through the counties and state. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) offers additional community testing sites. Learn more.

Find COVID-19 testing locations in DuPage County here.

Every home in the U.S. is now eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. Learn more.

View other testing resources in your area.