Can I get a COVID-19 test at Esperanza?
Yes, Esperanza offers testing for patients and non-patients who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and believe they may have been exposed. Tests are offered at our Brighton Park (4700 S. California Ave.) and California Ave. (2001 S. California Ave.) locations. Testing hours are as follows:
Esperanza Brighton Park (4700 S. California Ave.)
9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday / 8:00am to 1:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays
Esperanza California (2001 S. California Ave.)
8:00am to 1:00pm Monday through Friday. Please call for our weekend hours.
To review symptoms of COVID-19, please visit our page on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19).
Do I need an appointment to get a COVID-19 test?
Yes. To ensure everybody's safety and avoid waits, Esperanza provides COVID-19 testing through appointment only. Please call us at 773-584-6200 to schedule your appointment. We will try to accommodate you as quickly as possible.
What is the cost of a COVID-19 test?
There is no cost for uninsured patients or for insured patients who are in-network with an Esperanza provider. If you receive a bill, please contact us immediately so we can appeal or waive the charge.
Patients who are out-of-network may still get a test at Esperanza, but they may receive a bill for these services. Your insurance company will be able to tell you if Esperanza is in your network.
Remember: Any person in financial hardship can call our billing department to request assistance.
Do I need a doctor's referral to get a COVID-19 test?
No referral is needed.
Do I need to bring any documents with me for a test?
Patients should bring their photo ID (driver's license, state ID, City ID) and insurance card, if they have one. You will be told what to bring at the time you make your appointment.
What is the COVID-19 test like?
Esperanza performs a Polymerise Chain Reaction (PCR) test which detects genetic material of the virus in your body. When you call to make an appointment, you'll be asked some basic screening questions to make sure that testing is appropriate. We prefer patients to drive to the site and remain in their cars while we perform an assessment and complete the test. If you walked to the clinic or took public transportation, we ask that you not enter the clinic, but wait outside the testing facility and observe social distancing until it is your turn.
What happens after my COVID-19 test?
Esperanza will call you with your results in about 2-3 days. While you wait for your results, please continue to isolate yourself from others to minimize the risk of getting other people sick. If you are negative, we ask that you continue practicing social distancing, frequent hand-washing and other measures to prevent future infection. If you are positive, we will give you more information on how to manage your illness, monitor your symptoms and protect your loved ones. If you need to speak with one of our providers, call us at 773-584-6200. If you are experiencing a health emergency, you should contact 9-1-1 immediately.
If you need to speak with someone about COVID-19 in English or Spanish, please call us at 773-584-6200. Our phone lines are available 24/7.