If you live in Raleigh and need a Covid-19 test, you probably want to get it over with as quickly as possible. Here, we’ve put together which Raleigh walk-in clinics offer Covid-19 testing, as well as whether walk-in clinics are really the best or most convenient choice.
What to know about walk-in testing
First, it’s important to note that not all clinics offer all types of tests. If you need results fast, an antigen test is the most widely utilized rapid option. Although antigen tests are less accurate, with 1 in 5 false negative results, they are effective at reducing spread on a mass scale, such as for employment or public venue screenings.
If you need a test to protect a loved one at high risk of severe symptoms, the RT-PCR test is the most accurate. This test requires lab processing and returns results in 48-72 hours at minimum.
Those who need a test with high accuracy quickly may wish to consider the Rapid Accula PCR test, which produces results in 30 minutes. The Accula PCR test is available from select medical professionals only.
Raleigh Covid-19 Testing Locations
- North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) Test Site Finder (select locations)
- NCDHHS Covid-19 Test Home Collection Kit Program
- Wake County Covid-19 Testing Sites (select locations)
The drawbacks of Raleigh walk-in clinics for Covid-19 testing
Although walk-in clinics are a convenient option for many people, there are a few drawbacks to this type of testing.
- Going to any in-person testing site presents the possibility of exposure to Covid-19.
- Families may find it difficult to get everyone in the household tested at the same time due to limited appointment slots or age-based restrictions.
- Transportation and transit time may also present unique challenges for people who are busy with work, school, or other obligations.
At-home Covid-19 testing options: safer and more convenient
DIY test kits can be obtained from some pharmacies, stores, or online shops. However, these kits require you to administer the test yourself and ship it to a laboratory, after which you have to wait for your results. This may be 1-2 days after the lab receives the sample in the mail.
At-home tests with a medical service such as Drip Hydration are a convenient, safe way to get same-day testing. This type of service offers more testing options than DIY kits, some of which provide results within 30 minutes of your test. Your test is administered by a medical professional, and in-home testing circumvents the age-based restrictions found at some clinics.
Don’t Walk In – Stay In With Drip Hydration
With as little as 24 hours notice, you can book an appointment online for one of our nurses to visit your home and administer Covid-19 tests of your choice to your family. We offer RT-PCR, Rapid Accula PCR, rapid antigen, and antibody in-home testing services. If someone tests positive, our experts can give you the advice you need to keep everyone safe.
We offer progressive discounts for both groups and families, and PPO insurance holders may be eligible for partial reimbursement of our services. Reach out today – our experts are here to help!