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COVID-19 Testing

If you are concerned that you may have COVID-19:

  • If you have severe shortness of breath or other symptoms that you feel warrant emergency treatment, please seek care at the closest Emergency Department (ED) or call 9-1-1.
  • If you have symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, and if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, contact your doctor. Additionally, you should home quarantine–stay at home, avoid public areas, and stay away from others. Seek further medical attention, call your doctor or go to the closest ED if your symptoms worsen or if you have a fever greater than 100.4° or acute respiratory illness such as severe shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

If you are looking for COVID-19 testing:

Southwest General's Main Campus and Brunswick Emergency Departments DO NOT offer rapid COVID-19 testing.

The Emergency Departments treat those in need of critical care–such as those with chest pain, difficulty breathing, severe headache or head trauma, stroke, severe bleeding and other potentially life-threatening illnesses or injuries. For information on rapid Covid-19 testing in Ohio visit:

How to Get COVID-19 Testing at Southwest General

Southwest General offers only viral (diagnostic) testing for COVID-19. Viral testing checks samples from your respiratory system–such as a swab from the inside of your nose–to see if you are currently infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

  • All testing is done at Southwest General’s Main Campus Outpatient Center, in Middleburg Heights
  • If you would like to be tested at Southwest General, you will need a physician’s prescription
  • Contact your primary care provider. Your provider can evaluate your symptoms to determine if COVID-19 testing is appropriate and, if so, provide you with an order (prescription) for testing.
  • Fax the order (prescription) for testing to the Outpatient Center at: 440-816-5809.

Once your testing order has been faxed or placed in the Southwest General system:

  • No appointment needed. Walk in at the main campus Outpatient Center only.
    * Before arriving for your test, please be sure to set up a Southwest General HealtheLife patient portal account if you do not currently have one to obtain your test results electronically.
  • Patients must provide identification information at the time of testing.
  • Parking is available in Lot A or you can use our valet service.

Other Testing Sites

Several community locations offer testing without a prescription. To learn about these options for testing, visit the following resources:

Ohio Department of Health