How much does a coronavirus test cost? Fact check of COVID-19 medical bills finds that online rumor of a $3,000 charge is false

According to the Herald, Osmel Martinez Azcue went to China for work and returned to Miami in January with “flu-like symptoms.” He went to Jackson Memorial Hospital, worried that he might have contracted the new coronavirus, called COVID-19. The initial cost for his visit was $3,270, billed to his insurance company.

That total included an emergency room visit and testing for 22 upper respiratory pathogens, according to Lidia Amoretti, a spokeswoman for the hospital who answered questions from FactCheck.org by email. Azcue tested positive for the flu, and after hospital workers consulted with the Florida Department of Health, he was not tested for COVID-19.

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