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COVID-19 Resources & Frequently Asked Questions

In December 2019, a new coronavirus was discovered called SARS-CoV-2. This successor to the first SARS outbreak in 2003 caused a global pandemic of a respiratory illness now named COVID-19 (Corona VIrus Disease 2019). Testing for COVID-19 is a vital part of the process of preventing the spread of this pathogen. To find out more about when and how to get a COVID-19 test from one of our locations, read our FAQ below. NTL has worked hard to make this critical testing quick, efficient, and convenient having tested many hundreds of thousands of patients from all around the world.

What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus is a type of respiratory virus. COVID-19 is an infection caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. It is spread through the transmission of virus particles that are either released into the air when an infected person breathes, talks, coughs, or sneezes, or through fomite transmission via surface and touch.

COVID PCR Testing by NTL Laboratory

What are the Symptoms of Covid-19?

The majority of people infected with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate respiratory symptoms or may have no symptoms at all. However, some become seriously unwell and need medical attention. The main symptoms of COVID-19 may include:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss or change in taste or smell

Other symptoms can include chills, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle aches, sore throat, headaches, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

When should I get tested for COVID-19?

You should get tested for COVID-19 if:

  • You have COVID-19 symptoms (even if you have been fully vaccinated)
  • You have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19
  • You have attended a large gathering and are un-vaccinated
  • You are traveling in the US as per Chicago travel advisory guidelines
  • For international travel

How Do I Make an Appointment for COVID-19 Testing?

To make an appointment for a COVID-19 test at any of our locations, click here.

Are Walk-ins Accepted for COVID-19 Testing?

Yes, we accept walk-ins for COVID-19 testing.

How Long Will the COVID-19 Testing Appointment Take?

A COVID-19 test at one of our facilities takes about three minutes if you have already registered for your test on our portal. It may take a little longer if you haven’t filled out the form prior to arrival.

Is the COVID-19 Test a Drive-up Procedure?

At most locations, our COVID-19 testing is a drive-up procedure. However, our Oak Lawn location is a walk-in facility.

Do You take Insurance for COVID-19 Testing?

Yes, we take insurance for COVID-19 testing.

How much does a COVID-19 PCR Test cost by NTL Laboratory?

The cash price for COVID-19 PCR test is $118. (Insurance price: $300)

The cash price will be charged to any patient for tests that are not eligible for coverage by Commercial Insurance Payers, Medicaid, Medicare or State and Federal or state programs for the uninsured.

What Kind of COVID-19 is Administered?

The COVID-19 tests we administer are nasal and mouth swabs at all locations. Swabs are RT-qPCR diagnostic tests. You have the option to add a serum test for antibodies at our Oak Lawn and Skokie locations.

How Should I Prepare for My COVID-19 Test?

To prepare for your COVID-19 test, please have your ID and proof of insurance ready at the time of your appointment.

How Will I Receive My COVID-19 Results?

You will receive your COVID-19 test results via a brief text message notification upon release of results followed by an email with a full PDF report containing QR code suitable for travel, work, and school.

How Long Will It Take To Receive My COVID-19 Test Results?

It takes approximately 24 to 48 hours from the time it gets to the lab to receive your COVID-19 test results.

What Happens if I Test Positive for COVID-19?

If you test positive for COVID-19, adhere to the best practices as outlined by the state of Illinois, quarantine, and then retest after the appropriate amount of time has passed. (Weekly is usually a good schedule until results come back negative).

What Are Your COVID-19 Testing Hours?

To view hours of operation for COVID-19 testing, click on a location: