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Self-Test for COVID-19: Instructions and FAQs

FAQs

What is the self-test for COVID-19?

The self-test for COVID-19 allows a patient to administer the test themselves in the privacy of their car. It has the accuracy of a test administered by a medical technician but it helps make the test-taking process quicker and allows more flexibility in scheduling an appointment.

Who can take a self-test for COVID-19?

The self-test is available for Johns Hopkins patients, 13 or older, scheduled to have surgeries or procedures at Johns Hopkins facilities and who do not have symptoms of COVID-19. (A parent can administer the test to their child, 13 or older.)

An appointment and photo ID are required to pick up the test kit. Please do not arrive without an appointment.

How do I get the COVID-19 self-test?

At the time you schedule a procedure or surgery, your doctor will place an order for your COVID-19 test. You may select any Johns Hopkins test location. Several test locations only offer the self-testing option.

An appointment and a photo ID are required to pick up the test kit. When you arrive at your test facility, go in at your schedule time. You will receive instructions, be asked to take the test in your car and return the sealed sample back to the test location immediately after taking the self-test.

How do I take the COVID-19 self-test?

Instructions can be downloaded here and will be provided when you pick up your test kit. Please carefully review the self-test instructions before you begin. Taking the test takes 10 seconds.

Where do I go for the COVID-19 self-test?

At the time you schedule your procedure or surgery, you will select your test location. You must schedule an appointment to pick up your test kit, and bring a photo ID.

The self-test locations are conveniently located near Johns Hopkins Medicine labs or ambulatory surgical centers. Please review the arrival instructions for each self-test location. Please do not arrive without an appointment.

How do I get my results for the COVID-19 self-test?

Your test results will be posted on your MyChart account within 72 hours of your taking the test. If you test positive for COVID-19, your doctor’s office will contact you and discuss next steps, including COVID-19 treatment options. Most likely, your surgery or procedure will need to be rescheduled.

Is there a difference between the COVID-19 self-test and the test administered by medical staff?

The tests are the same. A swab is inserted about an inch into each nostril and swirled to gather samples. Both tests take approximately 10 seconds to administer.

The self-test, which still requires an appointment, is only available for those who have an upcoming procedure or surgery at a Johns Hopkins facility and have no symptoms of COVID-19. It has the accuracy of a test administered by a medical technician but it helps make the test-taking process quicker and allows more flexibility in scheduling an appointment.

Can I have a COVID-19 test administered by medical staff instead of a self-test?

Yes, you can decide which test you prefer a test administered by medical staff or a self-test that you administer yourself. Some locations only offer tests administered by medical staff and some only offer self-tests, so you can select what is most convenient for you.

Why do I get a COVID-19 test?

In order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Johns Hopkins Medicine requires all patients who are having surgeries or procedures to take a COVID-19 test a few days before their surgery or procedure.

Locations and Arrival Instructions

Johns Hopkins Health Care and Surgery Center, Green Spring Station, Lutherville

10803 Falls Road, Pavilion III, Second Floor Lobby, Lutherville, MD 21093
Hours: Mon–Fri, 8:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m.; Saturday – coming soon

  1. Upon arriving at the facility, park in any of the spaces in front of the building’s main entrance, which is located on the second floor.
  2. Advise the entrance screener that you are here for pre-procedure testing. Your doctor’s office may have directed you to take the self-screening tool. If so, please be prepared to show your badge, or answer screening questions when you enter the facility.
  3. You will be directed to the lobby reception desk, where you will provide your full name and appointment time.
  4. Our staff will give you a self-collection kit with instructions on how to properly collect a sample.
  5. You will return to your car to perform the self-test. Once completed, you will return the kit to the person at the desk or leave in the collection drop-box.

Johns Hopkins Health Care and Surgery Center, White Marsh

4924 Campbell Boulevard, mobile trailer, White Marsh, MD 21236

Coming soon.

Johns Hopkins Health Care Center, Odenton

1106 Annapolis Rd., Second Floor Lobby, Odenton, MD 21113

Coming soon.

Johns Hopkins Suburban Outpatient Surgery Center, Bethesda

6420 Rockledge Drive, Suite 2100, Bethesda, MD 20817
Hours: Mon–Fri, 8:00 a.m.–2 p.m.

  1. Upon arriving at the facility, park in any of the available spaces. 
  2. Our staff will give you a self-collection kit with instructions on how to properly collect a sample.
  3. You will return to your car to perform the self-test. Once completed, you will return the kit to the person at the desk or leave in the collection drop-box.
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