COVID-19 Testing

PCR Drive Thru Tests

The Union County Health Department, in partnership with St. Jude lab, offers PCR testing on Mondays and Thursdays from 10am-1pm. This testing is a drive thru service at the Union County Fairgrounds. Results take 24-48 hours to return.  Appointments are strongly encouraged and can be booked using the blue button below. Patients should bring a photo ID and insurance card. No one is turned away if they are uninsured. PCR testing is a laboratory test that detects RNA fragments of the SARS CoV-2 virus. A PCR test is often the type of test required for travel or other recreation or work activities that have testing requirements. A PCR test may also be recommended by a doctor as the PCR test is a more sensitive test and can detect lower levels of virus. Samples for this test are collected by using a swab in the mouth and back of throat (similar collection as a strep throat test).

Rapid At-Home Test Kits

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are available for pickup. These Abbot BinaxNOW COVID-19 Home Test kits use nasal swabs to provide results in minutes, detecting the virus when people are most infectious.  The test is self-administered, with telehealth support via video call to ensure proper administration.

Click here to view the Abbott BinaxNOW Rapid COVID-19 Antigen At-Home Test Kit Patient Instructions for Use

Test kits can be picked up at the following Union County locations. Please call ahead as curbside or lobby pickup must be arranged prior to your arrival. These tests are not to be administered inside the libraries or health department. A sincere thank you to our local library partners for their efforts in providing this service to our community.

Marysville Public Library – Curbside pickup only. Please call ahead.
231 S. Plum Street
Marysville, OH 43040
937-642-1876 (or TEXT 937-303-8784)

Richwood- North Union Public Library – Curbside pickup only. Please call ahead.
4 East Ottawa Street
Richwood, OH 43344
740-943-3054

Union County Health Department – Curbside pickup. Please call ahead.
940 London Avenue, Suite 1100
Marysville, OH 43040
937-642-2053

Lower Lights UnionStar Health Center – Lobby pickup. Please call ahead.
773 South Walnut Street
Marysville, OH 43040
614-274-1455

To see a full list of locations providing COVID-19 tests, visit https://ohio.emed.com/.

These test kits detect COVID-19 antigens and are best suited for testing of people with current symptoms or routine testing that may be required by an employer or facility. These test kits are NOT PCR molecular tests and results of these test kits may NOT be accepted by commercial travel providers or travel destinations. Please check with the provider of your mode of transport and your destination prior to using these kits to meet any testing requirements for domestic or international travel.

Click here to learn more from the manufacturer about these test kits.

video produced by Abbott, manufacturer of the test kits

Antibody Testing

The American Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. Results may indicate a donor’s potential past exposure to this coronavirus – regardless of whether they experienced symptoms. Testing may also identify the presence of antibodies developed after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

Click here to learn more about antibody testing from the American Red Cross.

Differences in COVID-19 Tests

Molecular Test: The most common test type in Ohio is a molecular test that looks for the genetic material of the specific SARS CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. This test is called a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test. This is the test used when we report lab confirmed cases. A sample for testing is collected by a swab in the nose or throat. Results typically take several days. There are some rapid molecular tests termed “Point of Care” that provide results rapidly. However, these rapid “Point of Care” tests are still limited in availability.

Antigen Test: Antigen tests are a newer test that looks for certain proteins from the virus. A sample for testing is collected by a swab in the nose or throat. Results are rapid, available within minutes to hours. This type of test is still not commonly used in Ohio. An individual with a positive antigen test would also need to meet one of two other criteria to be classified as a probable case – clinical evidence of illness (symptoms consistent with COVID-19) or evidence of exposure to a known case.

Antibody Test: Antibody tests, also called serological tests, look for antibodies that indicate a past infection. A blood draw is used for testing. This is the type of test offered by the American Red Cross on blood donations. This test only detects if antibodies have developed, likely from a past infection. This test is not used to diagnose COVID-19. This test also does not mean you have immunity if you have antibodies. Researchers still don’t know if immunity develops after an infection, and if it does, for how long it may protect.