Bonn/Cologne and the region On Friday, the first Covid-19 rapid test center opened in Bonn. But there are other rapid testing centers in the region as well, including a few in Cologne. Here is how the tests work, what they cost and the locations of the various testing centers.
The procedure is as simple as a pregnancy test: The sample from the patient is smeared onto the test strip, it produces a reaction, and the result is available after 15 to 30 minutes. Various rapid testing centers in the region are available for self-payers. The cost of a Covid-19 rapid test varies, ranging from 29 to 49 euros. The costs are not covered by public health insurance.Covid-19 antigen tests are used in the rapid test centers. The tests usually have a clinical sensitivity (the rate of detecting infections correctly) of 98.5 percent.
Antigen tests look for molecules characteristic of the viruses in swab samples. "Coronavirus laboratory diagnostics and on-site rapid tests are two different things," says Andreas Bobrowski, chairman of the Professional Association of German Laboratory Physicians (BDL). Rapid tests do not detect infection as well in the early or later stages of the virus. In the phase when a patient is particularly infectious, however, rapid tests can detect the virus quite reliably.If a rapid test is positive, the affected person must go into domestic quarantine immediately.
The test result must then be confirmed by a PCR test. The health department is automatically notified of the positive test result. Test center operators emphasize that people with typical symptoms of Covid-19 should call ahead and not go directly to the rapid test center.
Rapid test centers at a glance
CoviMedical is opening its eighth rapid test location - the most recent one is at the Brückenforum in Bonn-Beuel. By Christmas, the organizers expect about 1,000 people to come for testing. They can handle twenty-four tests per hour. At the test center, a swab is taken of the nose and throat and the test result is sent out 15 minutes later by e-mail.
Address: Friedrich-Breuer-Strasse 17, 53225 Bonn, Germany.
Cost: 39 euros
Payment options: online via Sofortüberweisung, Paypal or credit card.
Appointment booking: can be made online, barcode is generated after booking
If the rapid test is positive, a PCR test is also performed. This test is also available in the parking lot of the medical practice in Bornheim. Appointments are needed.
Address: Servatiusweg 14, 53332 Bornheim, Germany.
Cost: 45 euros
Appointments: can be booked online or made by phone at 022 22 / 93 23 0
Johanniter Regional Association Bonn/Rhein-Sieg/Euskirchen
From December 21 to 23, there will be drive-in rapid testing available in Sankt Augustin. The results will be sent by e-mail within 30 minutes. An appointment is required.
Address: Einsteinstraße 13, 53757 Sankt Augustin, Germany
Cost: 29 euros, cash payment on site
Opening hours: December 21 to 23, 3 to 8 p.m.
Appointment booking: Monday to Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 02241 / 2342381. To make an appointment, you must give the license plate number of the vehicle which you will drive to the test site.
When you receive an email from the test center, the test results remain available for 72 hours in the customer account. In rare cases, an invalid result may occur. In this case the Cologne Rapid Test Center contacts the person concerned and arranges for a new Covid-19 antigen rapid test free of charge and at short notice.
Address: Lintgasse 14, 50667 Köln
Cost: 38.90 euros, payment per PayPal, Sofortüberweisung and EC Card on location.
Appointments: can be made online. For more information about the testing click here.
Due to high demand, a mobile testing station has been set up in Cologne-Gürzenich. Appointments can be made for December 22, 23 and 24 only.
Address: Martinstraße 29-37, 50667 Cologne, Germany
Cost: 38.90 euros, payment via PayPal, instant bank transfer and EC card payment on site.
More information about testing can be found here.
Cologne Lanxess Arena
In the parking garage (P3) of the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, there is drive-through Covid-19 rapid testing that you can do without an appointment. After taking a throat swab, the person parks in a designated parking space for 15 minutes. If the test result is positive, a PCR test is performed on site - at a cost of 59 euros. Rapid tests are also available on Christmas. More than 2,000 people have already been tested here since Monday.
Address: Willy-Brandt-Platz 3, 50679 Cologne, Germany.
Cost: 29 euros, it is requested to pay with card - not cash
Appointments: no appointment necessary
Opening hours are generally: Monday to Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Opening hours may vary on public holidays.
More information can be found here.
Some physicians in the region also offer Covid-19 rapid tests in their practices. An appointment is required.
- Gemeinschaftspraxis (Joint practice) Dr. Lennart Reefschläger & Saziye Pur, Kölner Str. 3A, 53840 Troisdorf, Germany.
- Dr. Daniela Kreuzer, Römerweg 13, 53121 Bonn, Germany
- Pediatric clinic: Dr. med. Kai Knoop, Cologne-Lindenthal, Werthmannstrasse 1C, 50935 Cologne
- Praxis (medical practice) at Ebertplatz, Ebertplatz 1, 50668 Cologne
(Orig. text: Nathalie Dreschke, with material from German Press Agency/ Translation: ck)