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With coronavirus cases increasing and health officials warning that the worst is yet to come, more and more individuals are getting tested in the Philadelphia area.
In most cases, however, you can’t just show up to a testing site, and some hospitals may accept referrals only from doctors in their networks.
If you think you need to be tested, call your primary care doctor first, if you have one. You may be able to schedule a virtual consultation. A medical professional can best evaluate symptoms and determine whether to refer you for a test, perhaps at one of the following sites.
Large health insurance companies and Medicare and Medicaid have said they will cover the cost of testing. Many states have mandated coverage with no co-pays or deductibles.
Cooper Health patients can call 800-826-6737 or request an appointment online.
Crozer-Keystone patients can call the Crozer-Keystone Health System’s coronavirus hotline at 610-447-6730.
Jefferson Health patients can go to hospitals.jefferson.edu/jeffconnect.
Main Line Heath patients can call 866-225-5654.
Penn Medicine patients can call 215-615-2222 or use the MyPennMedicine app to inquire about testing or get additional information.
Tower Health patients can find more information on Tower Health’s website.
In Pennsylvania, residents with questions or concerns can call the Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline at 1-800-722-7112.
In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy said residents can call 211 for questions and concerns about the coronavirus. He said residents can also still call the original COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-962-1253 or 1-800-222-1222. They can also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive updates on their phones.