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In partnership with All-In Cincinnati, Test and Protect offers the more reliable PCR and Home COVID-19 tests at NO COST to residents and workers in Hamilton County in Ohio at multiple locations on most days of the week through December 31, 2021. Neither health insurance nor a doctor’s prescription is required, and no one will be asked about immigration status. The minimum age a child can be tested is 12 months old, and a parent MUST be present.

 

The benefits of COVID-19 testing are as follows:

  • Friends and loved ones can gather more safely
  • Results can be shared with employers as necessary
  • Negative results allow access to local entertainment venues and events
  • Healthcare providers can make informed decisions about your care
  • Limits the spread of COVID-19 to your family and others in your community
  • Helps slow the spread by providing positive case information to public health workers

 

Find COVID-19 Testing Sites Near You:

In partnership with All-In Cincinnati, Test and Protect offers the more reliable PCR and Home COVID-19 tests at NO COST to residents and workers in Hamilton County in Ohio at multiple locations on various days of the week. Trained, trusted, compassionate healthcare workers from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center will administer the tests.

 

UC Addiction Sciences Division (Corryville)

Trinity Lutheran Church (North College Hill)

Lincoln Heights Outreach (Lincoln Heights)

Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio (Avondale)

Crossroads Oakley (Oakley)

City of Cincinnati/CHD (West End)

Talbert House Western Hills (West Price Hill)

Anderson Library (Sherwood)

Madisonville CRC  (Madisonville)

Oak Hills John Foster Dulles Elementary (Bridgetown North)

 

Check Test and Protect for dates, times, locations and pre-registration options. Please note that Test and Protect does not offer COVID-19 vaccines. For the latest information on vaccines and provider locations, please visit healthcollab.org/vaccine-info.

 

 

Receiving Free COVID-19 Test Results:

All results – positive, negative or indeterminate – will be emailed within three days from covidtesting@uc.edu. Persons who do not have an email address and need documentation of results should call (513) 558-8898.

 

What to bring to a Free COVID-19 Test:

In partnership with All-In Cincinnati, Test and Protect events are for people living or working in Hamilton County, so please bring documentation demonstrating residence or employment.  Please bring ONE of the following documents:

  • Driver’s license, state-issued ID, student ID, or work ID
  • Voter registration, property tax bill, or other county-issued documentation
  • Rent receipts or mortgage statement
  • Utility bills or bank statements
  • Paystub
  • Letter from employer
  • Business card

Only a phone number or email will be collected to send the results. Insured persons are asked to bring insurance cards so that the plan can be billed; however, copays are not collected.

 

Free At-Home or Rapid COVID-19 Tests vs. Free PCR COVID-19 Tests:

In partnership with All-In Cincinnati, Test and Protect offers free PCR COVID-19 tests, considered the “gold standard” in SARS-CoV-2 detection. This test detects RNA (or genetic material) specific to the virus and can detect the virus within days of infection, even those with no symptoms. The test can be done in a clinic, hospital, or even in your car. Turnaround time is longer, generally in the 2–3-day range but results can be in as little as 24 hours.

In partnership with All-In Cincinnati, Test and Protect offers free Antigen tests (often referred to as a rapid or at-home test). This test detects protein fragments specific to the Coronavirus. The tests are generally less reliable than the traditional PCR tests, but they still have relatively high accuracy and faster results. It can be done in a clinic, doctor’s office, hospital, or home.

Turnaround time for results is usually very quick and, in some cases, results can be reported within 15 minutes. A follow-up test with a diagnostic test may be required to confirm a positive result. Some facilities do not accept rapid at-home tests as a form of proof of a COVID-19 test.

 

Access for People with Disabilities:

For those with a physical disability, such as limited mobility or using a wheelchair, please check out this list of locations with full access. For those with special needs requiring additional support, please visit Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services.

 

Businesses Interested in COVID-19 Testing:

If you would like to request on-site testing at your organization, please complete THIS FORM. For questions, please call the Test and Protect hotline at 513-618-3656 and leave a message with your name, organization, call-back number, email address, and reason for calling. Someone will get back to you within 24 hours.

 

Additional Free COVID-19 Testing Locations in the Greater Cincinnati Area:

Northern Kentucky: Gravity Diagnostics offers free same-day in-car COVID-19 testing to residents and non-residents

Southwest Ohio: Visit HealthSource of Ohio for more information about free COVID-19 testing and guidelines

 

 

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Written by Crystal Kendrick

President of The Voice of Your Customer and founder of The Voice of Black Cincinnati.

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