What should I know about walk-in COVID-19 testing?

Currently, there are three types of tests for COVID-19: rapid testing, diagnostic PCR testing, and antibody testing. The diagnostic tests (rapid and PCR) are used to find an active strain of the virus. The antibody test is designed to find antibodies that fought against the virus, at least two weeks after exposure.

When coming in for testing, please wear a mask or other protective covering over your nose and mouth. Do not lower your mask unless directed by one of the staff members.

Rapid Testing

The rapid test is a molecular test that provides a positive result in just five minutes and a negative result in thirteen minutes. This test includes taking a small sample from the upper-nasal cavity and will not cause any pain. The sample is then analyzed in our facility, and the results come up to fifteen minutes after. The molecular rapid test is more accurate than an antigen rapid test. With antigen rapid tests, there have been some cases of false negatives. This means a patient has coronavirus, but the test produces a negative result.

If you need a COVID-19 test done for traveling, a rapid test is the best test to get. Different countries and states have different regulations for traveling to and from them. It is the responsibility of the patient to know the regulations of where they are traveling, or fines may apply.

PCR Testing

A PCR test involves a nasal swab that is meant to find and read the presence of the antigen. The sample is then sent to an external lab. Once results are found, you can access our lab portal to see your results. It currently takes about three to four days to get results. This test is available for both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients, who are 8 years or older. This is the most accurate test to find results quickly after exposure.

The PCR test is designed to find an active strain of the coronavirus. If you think you previously had coronavirus and do not have it now, you will need to have an antibody test.

Antibody Testing

An antibody test is for patients who are not currently experiencing COVID symptoms but may have been exposed at least two weeks prior. This test looks for antibodies in your system that have helped fight the COVID infection. It is done through a blood test. These results can be found one to three days after the test. This is dependent on how long after exposure the test is done.

If you are experiencing any symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, visit the AFC Urgent Care Cedar Grove to get tested today.