Rapid COVID-19 Testing
A rapid comfortable lower nose self swab antigen test that detects the virus quickly.
WE ARE COMMITTED TO HELPING SLOW THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS!
Having tests for different stages of a person’s infection is the key and we offer a solution that gives you results quickly because we are committed to getting you back to your family and back to your job so you don’t have to wait days for your results. We will know in 13-15 minutes if you have the virus by simply running your swab through our PCR test. The PCR results are more accurate than the antigen test because it has a higher degree of specificity and sensitivity.
We know that if you’re feeling sick, the last thing you need is to wait for an appointment, so feel free to call us and request an appointment TODAY!
If it turns out that you do have COVID-19, our providers will set you up with a treatment plan that could include medication, plenty of fluids, rest, and of course, staying home.
What is a Rapid COVID-19 test?
A rapid COVID-19 test, also called an antigen test, detects proteins from the virus which causes COVID-19. This type of test is considered most accurate in those individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Rapid tests allow public health to detect disease sooner, decrease spread faster and start contact tracing earlier.
How long will it take to get my results?
Rapid test results will be available the day of specimen collection. PCR test results typically take two to three days. When demand is high, PCR results can take a week or longer.
How accurate are my rapid test results?
Positive results are usually highly accurate but negative results may need to be confirmed with a PCR test. Rapid tests are most effective one to five days after symptoms start.
What does it mean if I have a positive rapid test result?
If you have a positive test result, it is very likely that you have COVID-19. A contact tracing team member will reach out to you in the next 24 to 48 hours. The phone number will come up on your caller ID as a 410-222-XXXX or MD COVID. There is a very small chance that this test can give a positive result that is wrong (a false positive result). If you are concerned about this, you can return for follow-up PCR testing.
What does it mean if I have a negative rapid test result?
A negative test result means that proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19 were not found in your sample. It is possible for this test to give a negative result that is incorrect (false negative). This means that possibly you could still have COVID-19 even though the test is negative. The amount of antigen in a sample may decrease the longer you have symptoms of infection. Specimens collected after you have had symptoms for more than seven days may be more likely to produce a negative result.
What should I do if my rapid test result comes back negative, but I have COVID-19 symptoms?
Current recommendations are to have a PCR test completed if your symptoms persist and you have had a negative rapid test. This is especially true if you have had a direct exposure (meaning closer than 6 feet of an individual for more than 15 minutes) to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. If you are concerned about this, you can return for follow-up PCR testing.
Things To Know
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, you may be at risk. Learn more about if you qualify for Rapid COVID-19 call us at (540) 901-7028
Health Tips & Info
We are currently testing all patients, regardless of symptoms, including anyone that meets any of the following criteria:
- Anyone that wants to be tested to rule out COVID-19 (with or without symptoms)
- Anyone that has had any sort of exposure to COVID-19 (with or without symptoms)
- Any frontline or essential worker, or first responder (with or without symptoms)
- Any employee with an employer request for testing
- Anyone with an order for testing
If you do not meet the above criteria, you may still receive testing at our providers’ discretion.
CALL 911 if you develop symptoms requiring emergency assistance. If you think you may have been exposed to the Coronavirus, notify the call-taker immediately so the telecommunicator can better inform responders how to take care of you and protect themselves from exposure.