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COVID Testing FAQ's

What type of test do you perform?

Adirondack Health's COVID testing clinic exclusively performs PCR tests.

A PCR (molecular) test detects genetic material from the virus using a lab technique called polymerase chain reaction, or PCR. A sample is collected by inserting a long nasal swab into your nostril and obtaining a test specimen from the back of your nose.

Adirondack Health's COVID testing clinic is not currently administering antigen (or "rapid") tests.

How quickly can I get my results?

We run all of our COVID tests on site at Adirondack Medical Center. Test results are typically available within 48 hours.

How much will the test cost without insurance or without a testing order?


How far in advance can I make a testing appointment?

You can make an appointment with our COVID testing clinic up to one week in advance. Same-day testing appointments are available, but you must pre-register before arriving at the COVID testing clinic.

What is the fax number my physician can send testing orders to?


Do I need a testing order to make the appointment?

Your testing order needs to be in hand at time of registration. Otherwise, you are required to provide the $80 payment at time of registration.

Testing times and locations

Saranac Lake

Adirondack Medical Center

The COVID Clinic in the back of the hospital building, next to the ambulance bay.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m./12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m./12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Appointments and pre-registration required. To pre-register, contact the COVID Clinic at 518-897-2462.

Get tested for COVId-19

Click here to view your COVID-19 test results online.

Call 518-897-2462 to make an appointment for a COVID-19 test.

A nurse will swab your sinuses through your nose for your COVID-19 test.  

Adirondack Health will bill the health insurance plans of individuals with specific testing orders from medical providers. Patients will be responsible for the cost of any test performed without a specific order, as well as any associated co-pays and/or deductibles, which are determined by health insurance companies and plans.

COVID-19 screening clinic

Accessing results

A day after you are swabbed for your COVID-19 test, you may receive an email with instructions on how to open a patient portal account. This account will enable you to access the results of your COVID-19 test, once it is processed.

Accessing your COVID-19 test result:

  • If you receive an email with instructions on how to open a patient portal account, follow the instructions and your test result will appear in the patient portal, once back from the lab.
  • If your test was ordered by a doctor outside the Adirondack Health system, your result will be communicated to you by that doctor's office.
  • Some patients will be called directly by Adirondack Health to discuss test results.

If you didn't receive an email with portal instructions, you may already have a patient portal account set up. Portals can be accessed by clicking here.

Select "A" (eCW Patient Portal) if you are an established patient in one of our health centers.

Select "B" (HIXNY Patient Portal) if you are not an established patient in one of our health centers.