COVID-19 Testing Information

Free Testing Sites

Please call the centers directly regarding testing and not Department of Health.

Mobile Testing Unit

  • Rapid test results available in 15 minutes, no insurance needed and walk-ups welcome:
    • Thursday, Oct. 28, 5 to 8 p.m. Presque Isle Downs and Casino, 8199 Perry Highway, Erie
  • To be considered as a testing site, contact 814-451-7811 or covidresponse@eriecountypa.gov.
  • To be a medical or non-medical volunteer at a COVID-19 testing clinic, register with the Erie Regional Medical Reserve Corps at serv.pa.gov using these steps. For details, contact mrc@eriecountypa.gov or 814-451-6700.

Booker T. Washington Center & UPMC

  • Testing location: 1720 Holland St.
  • 814-453-5744, ext. 235
  • Tuesdays 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Free testing every Tuesday while supplies last
  • No Insurance Required
  • No symptoms needed to get tested
  • On-site Community Health Workers are available for registration and to provide education
  • Testing ages 2 and up

Community Health Net

  • Testing location: 1202 State St.
  • 814-454-4530, ext. 282
  • Will test people under 18 years old with parent/guardian present

CVS Pharmacy Testing

Martin Luther King Center & AHN/Highmark

  • Testing location: 312 Chestnut St.
  • 814-459-2761, ext. 225
  • Thursdays 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Free testing every Thursday while supplies last
  • No Insurance Required
  • No symptoms needed to get tested
  • On-site Community Health Workers are available for registration and to provide education
  • Testing ages 2 and up

Quality of Life Learning Center & LECOM

  • Testing location: 2046 E. 19th St.
  • 814-899-3904
  • Wednesdays 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Free testing every Wednesday while supplies last
  • No Insurance Required
  • No symptoms needed to get tested
  • On-site Community Health Workers are available for registration and to provide education
  • Testing ages 2 and up

Rite Aid

Erie County COVID-19 Testing Locations

Pharmacy Innovations

  • Testing Sites through PCP or Urgent Care (appointments required)
  • Testing location: 2936 W.17th Street
  • 814-838-2102
  • https://pharmacyinnovations.net/
  • Hours: M-F 9:00am to 4:30pm, call for Saturday availability
  • Cost: PCR – $130.00, Antigen-$95.00
  • Appointment is required, schedule through website

UPMC Urgent Care Locations

  • 7200 Peach St., 814-860-3301
  • 2861 W. 26th St., 814-835-6695
  • https://www.upmc.com/coronavirus/testing-centers
  • Open Daily 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Appointments for testing can be made online for symptomatic individuals, or as part of a visit when medically necessary
  • Will test people under 18 years old with parent/guardian present

LECOM/Millcreek

  • Testing location: 5515 Peach St.
  • Patient will receive a call from scheduling center with an appointment.
  • Contact PCP directly via phone
  • Will test people under 18 years old with parent/guardian present

MedExpress

  • Testing location: 5039 Peach St.
  • 814-866-1443
  • Will test people under 18 years old with parent/guardian present

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who should get tested for COVID-19?
    • Whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes), then we recommend that you get tested. Use the CDC online tool to help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care.
  • What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
    • People with COVID-19 can have a wide range of symptoms. Symptoms can appear 2 to 14 days after being exposed to the virus. Symptoms can include: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever or chills, muscle or body aches, sore throat, headache, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, runny nose or stuffy nose, fatigue, recent loss of taste or smell.
  • How do I get tested?
    • If you think you have COVID-19 and feel like you have symptoms, you should first call your primary care provider for a consultation and referral.
    • Drive-up and walk-up testing is available at some hospitals, urgent care centers, community health centers and certain pharmacy testing sites.
    • Free testing (no health insurance necessary) is available at the MLK Center, BTW Center, and Quality of Life Learning Center. Testing supplies are limited. Please look at the “Erie County COVID-19 Testing Locations” table for testing times and locations.
  • How long will I have to wait to get the results of my COVID-19 test?
    • Test results usually come back in approximately 24-72 hours. Depending on test location and current testing demand, this time may vary.  Please contact the individual testing site for more up to date information on test turnaround time.
  • What should I do while I am waiting for my test results?
    • If you have symptoms, or believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, it is very important to stay at home and isolate yourself to avoid spreading your symptoms to others while you are waiting for test results.
    • If you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you should stay home and quarantine for 14 days after your last contact with that person.
    • If you are not sick with symptoms of COVID-19 and you cannot stay home while you wait for your test results, you should wear a mask when out in public and avoid gatherings with people who are not in your immediate household, are over 65 years old, or have medical conditions that place them at increased risk for COVID-19.
  • What happens if I test positive?
    • If any of your symptoms get worse, call your healthcare provider.
    • Staff from the Erie County Department of Health may call you to check on your health, and ask you for a list of people you have had close contact with while you were sick or just before you got sick.
    • Our contact tracers will only contact you for health matters related to COVID-19 and not for any other reason – your information will remain confidential.
    • Even if you are not contacted by the Erie County Department of Health, immediately isolate yourself. Stay in isolation for 10 days from when your symptoms started or 10 days from the test date if you did not have symptoms. You are out of isolation on day 11. Some people who develop severe illness from COVID-19 may need to isolate for a longer time. If you continue to have a fever or your symptoms do not improve, contact a healthcare provider.