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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Covid Tests are available to eligible individuals ages 2 and older. Patients between the ages of 2 and 17 must be accompanied to their appointment by a parent or legal guardian.
Diagnostic tests typically require a nasopharyngeal swab. This involves inserting a 6-inch long swab into the back of the nasal passage through one nostril and rotating the swab several times for 15 seconds. This process is then repeated through the other nostril. The swab is then inserted into a container and sent to a lab for processing, either at the testing location or another facility, depending on the type of test available.
Since the passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) on March 18, most people should not face costs for the COVID-19 test or associated costs. Starting on March 18 and lasting for the duration of the public health emergency, all forms of public and private insurance, including self-funded plans, must now cover FDA-approved COVID-19 tests and costs associated with diagnostic testing with no cost-sharing, as long as the test is deemed medically appropriate by an attending health care provider. If you do not meet the criteria for a free test the self-pay prices are as follows: Rapid Antigen Test: $149.00 Self Pay PCR Test: $199 Self pay price
Antigen Covid test results (Rapid Covid Test) are available within 25 minutes PCR Covid test results are available within 24 hours
You will receive a secure email with your Covid test results when they are available. If you’d like to view these results in our secure patient portal, you must log and ensure you have verified your identify.
Antigen test (frequently referred to as a rapid test). This test detects protein fragments specific to the Coronavirus. While other diagnostic tests for COVID-19, known as PCR tests, look for genetic material from the virus, the antigen test looks for molecules on the surface of the virus. Antigen tests can be run in about 15 minutes. Unfortunately, there’s a trade-off between speed and accuracy, and antigen tests often fail to identify people who are actually infected, a shortcoming the FDA acknowledges. “Positive results from antigen tests are highly accurate,” the FDA writes, “but there is a higher chance of false negatives, so negative results do not rule out infection.” Just as your doctor may order a throat culture to definitively rule out strep throat when a rapid strep test comes back negative, the FDA recommends using the more sensitive COVID-19 molecular test for symptomatic individuals who test negative with antigen tests “prior to making treatment decisions or to prevent the possible spread of the virus due to a false negative.” PCR test. This test actually detects RNA (or genetic material) that is specific to the virus and can detect the virus within days of infection, even those who have no symptoms. The genetic material from SARS-CoV-2 cannot be confused with the genetic material from other viruses, so the COVID-19 diagnostic test is highly specific. This means it almost never gives a false positive. If you are tested for COVID-19, and the test comes back positive, you can be very sure that you are infected with this virus.
People who have symptoms of COVID-19. Most people who have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone with confirmed COVID-19. Fully vaccinated people should be tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result. People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not need to get tested following an exposure as long as they do not develop new symptoms. Unvaccinated people who have taken part in activities that put them at higher risk for COVID-19 because they cannot physically distance as needed to avoid exposure, such as travel, attending large social or mass gatherings, or being in crowded or poorly-ventilated indoor settings. People who have been asked or referred to get tested by their healthcare provider, or state, tribal, local external icon, or territorial health department.