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Rapid COVID-19 Testing Now Available at WellNow Urgent Care Centers 


Contact: Annie Keller | 

Updated 3/3/2021

CHICAGO, IL - WellNow Urgent Care℠, one of the country’s fastest-growing urgent care providers, began offering COVID-19 rapid antigen testing at almost all its centers in upstate New York yesterday. WellNow expects to bring rapid testing to all remaining locations – including Springville and Troy, NY and Evergreen Park and Crestwood, IL – before the end of the year.  

“Bringing rapid testing to our communities has been a top priority,” said WellNow Urgent Care President John Radford, M.D., “Many people have questions about how they can safely visit with loved ones or travel without putting anyone at risk, especially during the holiday season. We hope we can help patients and communities more easily make informed decisions about their health.” 

The CareStart™ COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test returns results in 15 minutes, with negative results requiring a confirmatory PCR swab test, which is taken during the same visit and returns results in 3-5 days. At this time, the Abbott ID NOW™ COVID-19 rapid test is available exclusively at WellNow’s Oswego and Oneonta centers. Molecular PCR swab tests and antibody tests are currently available at all centers.  

Patients in need of COVID-19 testing can walk in or schedule a visit online at the center of their choice to minimize wait times and help reduce the spread of the virus. A referral or prescription is not needed to receive testing. Additional information about COVID-19, including testing cost and insurance coverage, can be found at

In response to the high volume of COVID-19-related visits that WellNow continues to see across its centers, next week the company will also implement an enhanced visit planning and check-in process that aims to provide a more convenient and safe experience. The new process will allow all patients to e-register, and once checked in online, patients will be able to wait in their car, at home, or another nearby location of their choice until they receive a reminder text advising them that it’s time to come to the WellNow center for their visit. 

WellNow Urgent Care continues to provide timely service for ailments such as sprains, burns, colds and allergies while also providing on-site X-rays, lab testing and physicals. Urgent care services are treated on a walk-in basis, but patients may also visit to check in online or view up-to-date wait times. WellNow accepts most insurance, including Medicare, Medicaid, Fidelis and Veterans Affairs TriWest. A full list of services can be found online at

About WellNow Urgent Care 

WellNow Urgent Care is one of the fastest-growing providers of urgent medical care, telehealth and occupational health services in the United States, with 84 centers across New York, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan. Founded as Five Star Urgent Care in 2011 by Dr. John Radford, the company rebranded as WellNow Urgent Care in 2018 to better reflect its mission of offering quick, convenient and quality care for non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses. As WellNow Urgent Care has continued to open new facilities, the company has also grown through the strategic acquisitions of MASH Urgent Care in 2018 and Hometown Urgent Care & Occupational Health in 2020. More information about WellNow Urgent Care’s services, hours and locations can be found at 

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