Community COVID-19 Testing
Who is this service for?
This service is for people who DO NOT have COVID-19 symptoms and DO NOT meet the criteria for a test through their health care provider or the DHHS standing order. For example, people who need a test before they can go to school, work or travel but:
- Have had no known exposure to the coronavirus and
- Have no active COVID-19 symptoms
You do not need to be a current MaineHealth patient or a Maine resident. If you DO have any COVID symptoms, you must contact your health care provider for testing.
What type of test?
This is a self-administered mid-turbinate nasal swab test.
Where is my sample sent?
Your sample will be sent to the NorDx laboratory.
How long will it take and how will I get my results?
Test results are sent via secure email and are generally available within 48 to 72 hours. A positive result (detected) means that you currently have COVID-19 and can spread the disease to others. A negative result (not detected) means that you most likely do not have an active COVID-19 infection. A negative test result (not detected) does not mean that you are immune from the virus.
What is the cost?
The patient cost for a NorDx COVID-19 test is $110.
How do I access this test?
a. Use of the COVID testing service described above requires an upfront payment of $110.00 prior to service for specimen collection observation and SARS-COV-2 PCR virus test. NorDx does not submit a health insurance claim on patient’s behalf for Community testing. Patient may submit a claim to the patient’s health insurance carrier or to MaineCare using the form available at https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/sites/maine.gov.dhhs/files/documents/COVID-19-Testing-App.pdf.
b. The patient is hereby advised that there are locations where COVID-19 screening and testing services are provided without such payments and that those locations are identified on the State’s publicly accessible website.
c. NorDx provides medically necessary health care lab testing services to individuals and families without the means to pay. Information concerning NorDx’s Financial Assistance is available at https://www.mainehealth.org/NorDx/Billing