COVID-19 PCR Test (Labcorp Visit)

Sample Type:
Sample Type
Nasal Swab
Age: 2+
Collection Method: Visit a Labcorp Location
HSA/FSA Accepted
Short Description

Visit a select Labcorp location to collect your sample same day if you are symptom-free and have no known exposure to COVID-19


Many of our Labcorp locations are accepting appointments and walk-ins for COVID-19 testing (for those who are symptom-free and have no known exposure to COVID-19). You must purchase the test online before visiting a Labcorp location. Not all locations are participating, so check availability before purchasing your test.

Only purchase if you are symptom free and have not been exposed to anyone with COVID-19. This COVID-19 PCR test is typically used to meet requirements for pre-flight testing, event entrance, or school and workplace screening. If you have symptoms or recent exposure, Labcorp COVID-19 PCR testing is also available through pharmacy drive-thrus, urgent care centers, and healthcare providers.

You will typically receive results within 1-2 days of our lab receiving your sample. If your results is positive, you will be contacted by a third-party physician network, PWN Health, to discuss next steps. 

Additional Information

Labcorp’s COVID-19 PCR test has not been FDA cleared or approved, has been authorized by FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), and has been authorized only for the detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens. The test is only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of in vitro diagnostic tests for detection and/or diagnosis of COVID-19 under Section 564(b)(1) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(b)(1), unless the authorization is terminated or revoked sooner.

Over 1,000 locations are accepting patients for observed collection. Check to see if collection is available at a Labcorp location near you.

You must purchase the test online before visiting a Labcorp location. Appointments at our locations are required before 12pm for this test. Walk-ins are welcome in the afternoon.

1. Choose your tests

Shop for tests and pay online. An independent physician will review and approve your test requests; no doctor’s visit is required.



2. Provide Your Sample

Take the requisition number we emailed you, along with a photo ID, to a Labcorp location for sample collection.




3. Access your results online

View your easy-to-read results online in your OnDemand or Labcorp PatientTM accounts, including Linked Accounts (click here for more details). For certain results that require prompt attention, you will also be contacted by PWN health via phone or mail.  


Frequently Asked Questions

    Find a local Labcorp collection site to complete your COVID-19 In-lab Screening.  Please make sure to select “COVID-19 Unexposed/Symptom Free” in the locator since not every location provides this service type. You must purchase the test online before visiting a Labcorp location. Note that Labcorp does not have locations for sample collection in HI, ME, ND, or VT, but you can still purchase testing if you live in one of these states and are willing to travel for sample collection or if you choose an at-home kit.

    This COVID-19 PCR test is typically used for people looking for a negative COVID-19 test to meet requirements for pre-flight testing, event entrance, or school and workplace screening. It is not for people that have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. If you have had any of the following symptoms within the last 48 hours, you will not be eligible for this test.

    • fever or chills
    • cough
    • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • fatigue
    • muscle or body aches
    • headache
    • new loss of taste or smell
    • sore throat
    • congestion or runny nose
    • nausea or vomiting
    • diarrhea

    You can visit a Labcorp location once you have purchased the test online and received the email that includes your lab requisition number. Bring your requisition number along with your photo ID. 

    No, but scheduling your visit in advance may minimize your wait time. Visit Labcorp.com to schedule your appointment. You must purchase the test online before visiting a Labcorp location. 

    COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Infection with the virus can range from being asymptomatic to life-threatening respiratory illness. Infection has been detected globally and in all 50 states. Symptoms associated with COVID-19 include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell.

    COVID-19 can present with severe illness in individuals of any age and without any previous health problems, but the risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age, with older adults at highest risk. Having underlying medical conditions may also increase one’s risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Conditions and other risk factors that may be associated with severe illness and death are listed below.

    If you have any symptoms concerning for COVID-19 and any of the following conditions or risk factors, which may put you at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, you should consult with your healthcare provider before using this test:

    • Chronic kidney disease
    • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
    • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
    • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher)
    • Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
    • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
    • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Hypertension or high blood pressure
    • Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
    • Liver disease
    • Pregnancy
    • Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
    • Smoking
    • Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
    • Type 1 diabetes mellitus

    Regardless of your risk status, if you are experiencing any of the following emergency warning signs for COVID-19, it is recommended that you immediately seek emergency care:

    • Trouble breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion
    • Inability to wake up or stay awake
    • Bluish lips or face