Where to Get a COVID Test in Kansas City

As COVID cases rise in the KC area and schools start back up, you’ll likely find yourself looking for a COVID test following an exposure or symptoms. The CDC has issued new guidance that includes testing recommendations for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
It’s important to know which test you need. The PCR test is used to detect genetic material (mRNA) of the coronavirus. Rapid Antigen Test detects the presence of a specific viral antigen and provides same-day results.  Find what these tests show and what next steps to take with this handout from the FDA: COVID Testing Basics.
Testing options are listed below. Most locations require an appointment.

Metro Wide

CVS Pharmacy

CVS offers both rapid and PCR testing at no cost for ages 3 and up. PCR tests take 1-2 days and rapid antigen tests within hours. Upon arrival, follow instructions posted at the site – many tests are done without contact in the drive thru lane. Schedule your test online here.

CVS also offers at-home test kits. Shop for those here.

Walgreens

Walgreens offers free, contactless COVID-19 testing for patients age 3 and up. Both PCR and rapid antigen tests are offered in the drive thru. Schedule your test here.

Walgreens also offers at-home test kits. Shop for those here.

Pixel by LabCorp At-Home Test

This at-home collection kit for ages 2 and up allows you to collect your nasal swab sample and ship it back to the lab via FedEx Overnight. The lab performs a PCR test at no cost if you have been exposed or are experiencing symptoms. Average time to deliver results is 1-2 days from when the sample is received in the lab. Find out more here.

Kansas

Johnson County Health Department

JOCO Health Department offers free drive thru testing for ages 5 and up at 11875 S. Sunset Drive Olathe, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. This location only offers PCR tests. An appointment is required and results will be delivered in 1-2 days. Schedule your test here.

Children’s Mercy – Blue Valley

COVID-19 testing at Children’s Mercy is only available by appointment utilizing Save My Spot. PCR test results are available in 1-2 days. Children should quarantine at home until results are received. Book online with Save My Spot.

Stark Pharmacy

PCR tests are available on a walk-in basis at Stark Pharmacy, 5701 W 119th St Suite 125, Overland Park, KS. Get tested 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Contact Stark for more information.

Church of the Resurrection – Leawood

Operated by Well Health Management, tests are available at Church of the Resurrection in Parking Lot A6, 5009 W 137th St , Leawood, KS 66224. PCR and antigen tests are available. Schedule online here.

Johnson County Community College

Operated by Well Health Management, tests are available at the Johnson County Community College – Clock West Parking Lot at 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66210. PCR and antigen tests are available. Schedule online here.

Rapid Test KC

Free antigen tests and PCR tests (with next day results). Testing is free if you meet certain requirements (does not usually include travel-related tests). Book online here.

Sigler Prairie Star Pharmacy

Tests are offered Monday thru Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. at Sigler Phamarcy in Lenexa. Contact the pharmacy for more info here.

Wyandotte County

Wyandotte County offers COVID testing throughout the county. No appointments are needed and tests are available with or without symptoms. PCR salivia tests are offered at all sites. Do not eat or drink anything 30 minutes prior to test. Find testing sites here.

Missouri

Jackson County Health Department

Weekly, no cost testing is available at locations throughout the community from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. No tests from 11:50 a.m. -12:40 p.m. Testing will be done using either an NP swab (nasopharyngeal swab) or Saliva Test. You do NOT need to be currently experiencing symptoms to get this test. Visit jacohd.org/events to view upcoming dates and locations. 

Children’s Mercy – Northland + Mercy East

COVID-19 testing at Children’s Mercy is only available by appointment utilizing Save My Spot. PCR test results are available in 1-2 days. Children should quarantine at home until results are received. Book online with Save My Spot.

Missouri Department of Health and Human Services

Community testing events are for all Missouri residents and are free of charge. There is no pre-registration or appointment needed. Having a state issued identification card will speed up the process; however, no identification documents are required. As long as you arrive before the event closes, you will be guaranteed to receive a test. Find testing sites and hours here.

Any Lab Test Now, Independence

This Independence lab offers expedited PCR testing in 24 hours or less. This is a self-pay facility. Rapid antigen tests are available for $79 and PCT testing for travel is $189. Insurance is not accepted and payment is required at time of test. Book your appointment here.

Sarah grew up in Manhattan, Kansas (Go Cats!), she moved to Minnesota where she met her husband, Shea. Realizing how much she hated snow in May, she convinced him to move to Kansas City in 2010. Together they have lived in Midtown, Waldo, the Plaza, and now Overland Park. Sarah is mom to 10-year-old, Henry, 7-year-old Clark and 5-year-old Lucy. She has her master’s in urban administration and is passionate about making Kansas City a more equitable and supportive community. In between the crazy, she likes to drink coffee, run, hike, travel as much as possible, and experience all things Kansas City!

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