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How to Find COVID-19 Care From UPMC

Am I at risk?

People most at risk for getting COVID-19 are those who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The most common symptoms are:

  • Fever/chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

What actions should I take if I don't have symptoms but think I have COVID-19, or I have come into contact with someone who tested positive?

If you do not have symptoms, you may contact your doctor for advice. Practice routine precautions such as social distancing.

What do I do if I have symptoms?

If you have flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, you should contact your primary care provider or use UPMC AnywhereCare. A video visit from home limits the spread of infection. If needed, UPMC can guide you safely to the next care site.

You can also book a video visit directly with your primary care provider using our online directory. Don’t have a primary care provider? Find one in our online directory and schedule your visit.

When should I go to the emergency department?

If you are experiencing severe symptoms such as trouble breathing, you should visit an emergency department in your community for immediate care. If you can, call ahead so they may prepare for your arrival and prevent spread of any illness. Do not delay if you have severe breathing problems.

What else can I do to stay safe and healthy?

Remember to practice routine precautions, such as wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose, and keeping at least 6 feet away from people not from your household while in public, and getting a COVID-19 vaccine if you are eligible.

  • Avoid groups of people
  • Frequently wash your hands
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or elbow
  • Don't share food, plates, or utensils

Does UPMC Offer any Treatment Options for COVID-19?

UPMC is currently offering monoclonal antibodies to eligible people who test positive for COVID-19. Monoclonal antibodies are among the most promising treatments for mild to moderate COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Learn more and see if you are eligible for these treatments.

COVID-19 Testing at UPMC Urgent Care

COVID-19 testing is available – with or without a referral or written order from a medical provider. UPMC Urgent Care can support your COVID-19 travel screening testing needs.

UPMC Urgent Care will honor a prescription for PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing from a UPMC provider for patients with or without COVID-19 symptoms or for patients who are pre-procedure. “Asymptomatic” are patients without COVID-19 symptoms. “Symptomatic” patients are patient with COVID-19 symptoms.

Antigen testing, sometimes referred to as a “rapid test,” is limited to patients who are between age two (2) and 40. Patients outside of that age range can be tested via PCR. Medical referrals for a rapid antigen test are not accepted. For a rapid antigen test, a patient must be seen at the Urgent Care office by an Urgent Care provider.

You can schedule a COVID-19 test online at select UPMC Urgent Care locations at

COVID-19 test without a written referral or written order

Patients who do not have a medical referral may request an evaluation. Based on the outcome of that evaluation, UPMC Urgent Care providers may order a COVID-19 test. Medical evaluations are provided for ‘walk-in’ patients only during regular business hours.

Contact UPMC Urgent Care staff for more information about COVID-19 tests.

COVID-19 Care in Central Pa. and Harrisburg Region

If you believe you have been exposed to the coronavirus (COVID-19), whether you have symptoms or not, you should contact your primary care provider or use virtual (online) visits to receive initial guidance. A virtual care visit from home limits the spread of infection, and if needed, your provider can guide you safely to the next care site or recommend COVID testing.

If you do not have a primary care provider, you can call the UPMC Nurse Advice team at 1-866-9-NURSE1 (1-866-968-7731) or 717-988-T0074.

If you have life-threatening symptoms like difficulty breathing or chest pressure, you should visit an emergency department in your community for immediate care. Thank you for helping us keep our community safe by limiting the spread of the virus and allowing our teams to care for the sickest patients.