COVID-19 Community Testing

Philadelphia FIGHT provides low-barrier testing in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. That means that you don’t need an appointment, insurance, ID, or COVID-19 symptoms to get tested. Any adult or child over 1 year can simply visit our sites, and get tested for COVID-19.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Testing

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Frequently Asked Questions

No! Don’t stop wearing your mask. Mask wearing is still important and needed to decrease the transmission of COVID-19.

Please call us at 267-436-3126 or email us at covidtesting@fight.org, and your question will be answered within one business day.

If you need a letter, please mention this when you are registering to take your test. If you have taken your test and realized that you haven’t mentioned this to us, simply call us at 267-436-3126 or email us at covidtesting@fight.org.

It’s been longer than a week, and I haven’t received my test result. What should I do?

If it’s been 7 days or more and you have not received your test result, please call us at 267-436-3126 or email us at covidtesting@fight.org, and your question will be answered within one business day.

Please review all our Frequently Asked Questions, below. If your question is not addressed or you need further detail, please call us at 267-436-3126 or email us at covidtesting@fight.org, and your question will be answered within one business day.

Please call us at 267-436-3126 or email us at covidtesting@fight.org and we will help you find a safe place to quarantine.

If you know you have been exposed to someone who has had COVID-19, regardless of whether or not they had COVID-19 symptoms, you should:

  1. Get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible.
  2. You should stay in quarantine, meaning that you stay home for 14 days since your last contact with someone who has COVID-19. Stay away from other people as much as possible.
  3. Watch for symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath, and new loss of taste or sense of smell.

“Exposed” means that you were with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID-19, within 6 feet, and for more than 15 minutes.

You can find more information on the website for the Philadelphia Dept. of Public Health

FIGHT has staff fluent in English and in Spanish. And, with the help of a language translation service, we are able to offer testing in a variety of additional languages.

If your test result was inconclusive, the sample we took for your test could not be processed by our lab. This means that you will need to take another test for COVID-19, particularly if you are showing symptoms for COVID-19. Please check above for dates and locations where you can get tested, or contact us with any questions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle pain
  • Loss of taste/smell

These symptoms may vary; some people experience no symptoms at all. 

The most important thing that we can all do to interrupt the spread of COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. FIGHT is offering vaccines to our patients. Call your provider, or go visit the Phila.gov to find a location offering vaccines.

A Booster shot is an additional dose of vaccine after someone has received their initial vaccine series (either 2 shots of Moderna or Pfizer or 1 of Johnson & Johnson).

Your COVID-19 test results are kept confidential. However, please note that if you are positive for COVID-19, we will have to inform the Philadelphia Dept. of Public Health, and you will be contacted for contact tracing. Contact tracing is the most important tool we have to stop the spread of COVID-19, so please answer the call from a City of Philadelphia contact tracer!

Case investigators and contact tracers will never:

  • Release information collected from COVID-19 tests or by our contact tracing staff to any law enforcement agencies, including ICE.
  • Ask about your immigration status.
  • Tell a contact who gave us their contact information.
  • Ask for Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, or bank account numbers.

A health department contact tracer will:

  • Call from (215) 218-XXXX.
  • Text from (833) XXX-XXXX or (855) XXX-XXXX.
  • Offer to have you call us back using the number on the City’s website (215) 685-5488.
  • Only send email messages from a phila.gov or dimagi.com address.

Learn more about contact tracing.

At Philadelphia FIGHT’s COVID-19 Community Testing sites, you do not need to make an appointment to get a test. You also do not need insurance or ID, and you do not need to have COVID-19 symptoms. Our tests are free for anyone seeking a test, and we test adults and children over one year.

You can expect your visit to go like this:

  1. When you arrive at the testing location, look for our signage to find where we’re testing.
  2. You will be greeted by a friendly staff member or volunteer. You will either go directly to our registration tables, or you will be asked to wait in a short line.
  3. Our staff at the registration table may will ask for some basic information, including your name, birthdate, and the best way to contact you. When you are finished, you will be directed to our testing tent for your test.
  4. Your tester, a nurse or specially trained volunteer or staff member, will explain the test to you, and will show you the test swab.
  5. To get a COVID-19 test, you will tilt your head back, and pull your mask below your nose, still covering your mouth.
  6. The tester will insert the swab about one inch into your nostril. The tester will move the swab in a circle three times, and leave it there for 10 seconds. Then, they will repeat this process on the other side. The test may be uncomfortable, but should not be painful.
  7. Your test will be processed in a lab. In 3 to 6 days, a FIGHT staff member will contact you with your results. If you are positive, FIGHT can help you find a safe place to quarantine, answer questions, or help you find a doctor.
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This calendar shows where we are currently scheduled to test for COVID this month. We add sites regularly, and times may shift, so check this page each time you’re looking for a test.

The current recommendation for availability to begin to roll out to the public is September 20. The initial recommendation was 8 months after your second shot. But, this recommendation appears to be changing to shorter intervals. The Biden administration plans to propose that the interval be 5-6 months after the initial vaccination series for the general public. Officially not everyone will be eligible at the beginning of this period. Stay tuned; we will update you in this space.

Visit any of these websites to learn more:

This map will help you find the FIGHT testing site nearest to your home. Once you find the site where you would like to be tested, find our next testing date using the calendar above.

We add sites regularly, and times may shift, so check this page each time you’re looking for a test.

The strong preference is that you receive the same vaccine as the booster as you did for your initial series (at this time, either Moderna or Pfizer). For those that received Johnson and Johnson as their first shot, there will be a recommendation in the very near future, according to news reports.

Recent data suggests that the level of immunity that people get after their initial vaccine series declines after about 6 months. This might mean that although you would still have some protection from getting sick if you were exposed to COVID-19, there might be an increased chance that you could get COVID-19 the further away you are from your initial vaccine. This might be particularly true if you have a reason to have a problem with your immune system, like if you are taking medicines or have a medical problem that affects your immune system.

Getting a COVID-19 test is the only way to confirm whether or not you have COVID-19. You may need a COVID-19 test if:

  • You have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Someone you live with, or who you have spent time with, has tested positive for COVID-19, and/or has COVID-19 symptoms
  • You need a negative test result to return to work or school, or to travel
  • It’s been a while since you’ve had a COVID-19 test, or you have never had a COVID-19 test
  • You want to know your COVID-19 status, for any reason

There do not appear to be any new side effects related to the booster. Just as after the initial vaccines, there can be some low-grade fever, muscle aches, and headache that can last for a day or so. Any side effects may be reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

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