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Last updated: September 20, 2021

COVID-19 Testing Update

Due to a nationwide shortage of COVID-19 rapid tests and increased community demand, Beacon will be prioritizing its use of the tests across the system beginning September 3.

“In the last two weeks, for example, testing volumes at our MedPoint locations has increased 200 percent,” said Molly Kelly, RN, Director of Retail Operations, Beacon Granger Hospital and MedPoint Urgent Care. “We ask for our community’s patience and understanding as we monitor our limited testing resources and use the rapid tests for making time-sensitive, crucial decisions for our patients’ care in our hospitals and outpatient locations.”

At this time, Beacon MedPoint and Beacon Medical Group offices are unable to provide rapid tests for individuals who do not have COVID-19 symptoms, for travel, or back-to-school or return-to-work needs. In these instances, lab-based COVID-19 testing results will take approximately 24 to 48 hours. Individuals will be called with their COVID-19 test results; results will also be available through the MyBeacon patient portal.

Beacon patients who need pre-surgical COVID-19 testing should contact the provider performing their procedure or surgery to arrange testing.

Beacon continues to urge all eligible individuals to get a COVID-19 vaccine and to wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission. Most community vaccination sites welcome walk-ins. Or, call 211 or visit to find a vaccination site and register.

Help protect your community. If you've been exposed to the virus or have symptoms, read the following to find testing information.

Frequently asked questions


Who should be tested for COVID-19?

Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 should be tested. Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, repeated shaking and chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, respiratory symptoms and new loss of taste or smell.

Individuals who have had close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 should be tested. Close contact means within six feet of someone for longer than 15 minutes within a 24-hour period.

  • Fully vaccinated people should be tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
  • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not need to get tested following an exposure as long as they do not develop new symptoms.

CDC recommends that anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. If you get tested because you have symptoms or were potentially exposed to the virus, you should stay away from others pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.


I'm a Beacon patient experiencing symptoms or have been exposed. Where can I be tested?

Beacon patients, please contact your primary care provider. They will screen you and, if needed, order a COVID-19 test. Your order will be sent to the nearest testing location.

I'm a Beacon patient needing pre-operation/pre-surgery testing. Where can I be tested?

Contact the provider performing your procedure/surgery to arrange testing.

I'm a Beacon associate experiencing symptoms or have been exposed. Where can I be tested?

Call the Beacon AnswerLine at 855.523.2225 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

I am not a Beacon patient. I have symptoms or have been exposed. Where can I be tested?

Non-Beacon patients can be tested at various community sites.

Sick people who are seen by our providers at our MedPoint locations can be tested and treated for COVID-19 as needed. We don’t offer walk-in COVID-19 tests at this time. COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat or other respiratory symptoms.

I am not a Beacon patient and I don't have any symptoms or exposure, but I need a pre-surgical/travel/return-to-work test. Where can I be tested?

If you don’t require immediate medical care but need to be tested for COVID-19, call the Beacon AnswerLine at 855.523.2225 from 8 am to 5 pm, Mon-Sat; contact your doctor’s office; or, visit for free testing sites.


How much do COVID-19 tests cost?

COVID-19 test prices vary by location and type. View Beacon's COVID-19 testing prices here.

How else can I get a COVID-19 test?

To find other COVID-19 testing sites, visit the ISDH testing page.

How will I get my results?

Every patient tested at Beacon is called with their results regardless of whether they are positive or negative. Please check with non-Beacon locations for their notification policies.