COVID-19 Testing: Drive-thru and walk-up locations
Even if a person has mild or no symptoms, COVID-19 can spread by simple interactions. Now is the time to know your status.
Please register online for your COVID-19 test:
*Please complete registration at least one hour before going to the testing site. You will receive a text when your registration is ready.
Due to high volumes, the ANMC COVID-19 Testing Sites are currently experiencing delays and testing wait times may exceed six hours. Thank you for your patience.
COVID-19 drive-thru testing site hours
- 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday
- Closed Saturday
- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
COVID-19 walk-up testing site hours
- 10 a.m.-noon AND 4-6 p.m. Sunday-Friday (closed Saturday)
- (changed 7/6/21)
- Drive-thru: 4141 Ambassador Drive
- Walk-up: 4043 Tudor Centre Drive (first floor of the ANTHC Parking Garage)
Eligible for testing
- All Alaska Native and American Indian people eligible to receive care at the Alaska Native Medical Center
- Members of ANMC patient households
- ANTHC and SCF staff and members of their households
Save time and register online for your COVID-19 test!
*Please complete at least one hour before going to the testing site. You will receive a text when your registration is ready.
The COVID-19 Testing at ANMC drive-thru and walk-up locations have introduced an online registration tool to reduce your waiting time at the testing sites.
How it works
- From your smartphone, home computer or another device that can connect to the internet, visit https://covid19test.anmc.org.
- At least one hour before you go to the testing site, complete the secure registration form. This form helps verify your contact details in advance. Each person getting a test will need to complete the form.
- At the end, you’ll receive confirmation details and directions to your selected testing site, either drive-thru or walk-up. You will receive a text when you can proceed to the testing site. If there are multiple people in your vehicle, please wait until everyone has received the confirmation text that your registration is ready.
- When you arrive, you’ll check-in with staff using a photo ID. No extra paperwork is needed.
- Remember to bring your ID and wear a mask!
- Not able to preregister?
If you are unable to get online to register in advance, visit the walk-up COVID-19 testing site at 4043 Tudor Centre Drive (first floor of the ANTHC parking garage). Staff will have tablets to help you complete your registration.
All patients must have an ANMC chart before going to the testing site.
To have an ANMC chart created, contact ANMC Admitting at (907) 729-1395. Hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Please note, these hours are different than the COVID testing sites.
In order to minimize rescheduling or canceling surgical procedures due to receiving a positive COVID-19 diagnosis for COVID-19 infection upon arrival in Anchorage, ANMC is strongly encouraging all patients, regardless of their vaccination status, to get tested prior to traveling to Anchorage (if testing is available in your area). When pre-travel testing is not available, ANMC will continue to conduct a test upon arrival in Anchorage, if the patient’s arrival is 12 hours or more before the procedure and during testing site hours. This also helps ensure a patient’s procedure does not have to be rescheduled and the patient has to stay in quarantine in Anchorage until their infection period has passed.
- Register online in advance at covid19test.anmc.org.
- Once confirmed, visit the Alaska Native Health Campus COVID-19 testing sites. The Walk-up testing site is open 10 a.m.-12 noon and 4-6 p.m. Sunday-Friday (closed Saturdays) and the Drive-thru site is open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday (closed Saturdays).
- Remember to bring your ID and wear a mask.
- If you have ANY COVID-19 symptoms, please alert testing staff.
- Drive-thru process: All patients will self-swab to collect their test samples. Patients will stay in their vehicles and be given a testing kit. Follow the instructions and return the test sample to testing site staff.
- Walk-up process: Patients will park their vehicles on the first floor of the parking garage (follow the purple signs and park in one of the reserved spots to your left as you enter the garage). If you have preregistered and received your confirmation text, please proceed to the entrance of the bus depot on the west side of the garage and check in to have a staff member collect the COVID-19 nasal swab test specimen. If you need assistance with registering, staff are also available to help get you set up. This location can also be accessed via Tudor Centre Drive for those on foot or via the hospital (across the skybridge and use the parking garage elevator to go to the ground floor). This location is for patients unable to register online in advance or who need assistance with registering, patients without vehicles, with special needs, pediatric patients, or those who do not want to self-swab. If you do not have a phone to receive a confirmation text, screens using a number you will receive after completing your registration are set up outside the testing station so patients and guests at housing know when to proceed to the testing site.
- You can check your results online through the myHealth app or you will be called within a few days if your test result is positive.
- Thank you for getting tested — what to do after your test (PDF)
- What to do if you have been exposed to COVID-19 (PDF)
- What to do after a positive COVID-19 test (PDF)
- COVID-19 Information for you and your family handout [PDF]
- State of Alaska webpage: If You Are Sick or Exposed to COVID-19 (updated frequently)
Phone line available for COVID-19 testing results, Sunday-Friday noon to 4 p.m. (closed Saturdays) Patients may contact the COVID-19 testing results phone line at (907) 729-2999 and speak to a person Sunday-Friday (closed Saturday) from noon to 4 p.m. This line is available for anyone who has not registered for MyHealth, missed an original phone call with results, or who does not hear back within the expected time frame. This line cannot answer any questions you have about COVID. If you have a positive result, you will be contacted by a provider to discuss the next steps. If you received a referral for a test from somewhere other than ANMC, contact your original referral provider. Test results can also be found in your myHealth account.
How COVID lab results are reported and what they mean:
If you test positive for COVID-19:
- Reports that indicate a positive result are either reported as Positive or Detected (Abnormal).
- Please isolate immediately and you will be contacted by a health care provider.
If you test negative for COVID-19:
- Reports that indicate a negative result are either reported as Negative or Not detected.
- You probably were not infected at the time your sample was collected. However, that does not mean you will not get sick.
- It is possible that you were very early in your infection when your sample was collected and that you could test positive later.
If your test results are indeterminate:
- An indeterminate result means it’s not possible to say if you had coronavirus when the test was done.
- Return to the collection site for retesting.
Symptoms related to COVID-19
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
Symptoms can be similar to the common cold or flu
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Body aches
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of appetite.
Tips for people with symptoms or caring for those who are sick
If you are sick with COVID-19, or have symptoms similar to the disease, it is important to take precautions to avoid spreading the illness with others in your community or home.
If you are the person sick with COVID-19:
- Stay at home except when getting medical treatment. Call ahead to the clinic or hospital.
- Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
- If possible, stay in one bedroom and use a separate bathroom from the rest of the household. Isolating yourself from the rest of your family will help protect others from getting sick.
If you are the caregiver for the person sick with COVID-19:
- You should not be the caregiver if you are over 65, pregnant, a child, or have preexisting health conditions such as: heart disease, diabetes or lung disease.
- Don’t share items like plates, utensils, towels, or bedding. After being used, these items should all be cleaned thoroughly.
- Clean all frequently-touched surfaces, such as counters, phones, toilets and doorknobs daily.
See this document for a full list of tips for caring for yourself and others at home with COVID-19 symptoms.
Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 testing
How does COVID-19 spread?
Like the flu, it spreads from person-to-person. This can happen by:
- Being in close contact with a sick person (within about 6 feet).
- Being close to people carrying the virus. Some people carrying the virus don’t even know they are sick and may not have any symptoms, but they can still spread the virus from person-to-person.
- Breathing in the droplets in the air when a sick person sneezes, coughs, or talks (or allowing these droplets to touch your mouth or nose).
- Touching a surface that has the virus on it and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
What can I expect from test results?
Testing can identify if you have the virus that causes COVID-19.
- Ttest results can help you and your health care provider decide what to do next.
- If you test positive and have mild symptoms, your provider may advise you to care for yourself at home.
- If you test positive and have severe symptoms, your health care provider will tell you what to do, including considering monoclobial antibody treatment.
- A negative test means you were probably not infected at the time of testing. However, it is possible that you were tested early into your infection and that you could test positive later. You could also be exposed at any time and develop the illness.
What can I do while waiting for results?
The turnaround time for results varies based on the amount of tests we are processing, but in most cases results are within a few days.
- While waiting for test results, seek emergency care right away if you develop emergency warning signs, which include: persistent chest pain or pressure; extreme difficulty breathing; severe, constant dizziness or lightheadedness; slurred speech; and difficulty waking up.
- Have your medical provider’s contact information on hand.
- If your symptoms worsen, call your doctor and tell them your symptoms. They will tell you what to do next.