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COVID-19 Drive-Thru FAQ's

There three types of testing available, which have important differences.
  • The most common test is what's called a PCR test. This type of test detects the virus and will tell you if you are currently infected with the novel coronavirus. You are tested if you believe your current symptoms are caused by the virus, or if you are being screened prior to surgery or for travel purpose.
  • Rapid antigen test is highly specific but less sensitive. This means if positive you most likely have active Covid-19 infection. However, negative results does not rule infection.
  • Antibody testing is designed to identify people who have recovered from the virus. It can take up to 4 weeks after recovery to see these antibodies (the body's defense system against germs such as viruses). Your provider might recommend this blood test if you have previously shown symptoms and want to know if they were caused by COVID-19.
While many people are interested in being tested for COVID-19, the truth is not everyone needs to be tested. You should consider getting tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever, cough, shortness of breath or sudden loss of taste or smell. You may also want to be tested if you have a known exposure to the virus - meaning someone you have been in close contact with has a confirmed COVID-19 infection.

In some cases, your provider might recommend you get tested for novel coronavirus even if you are not experiencing any symptoms, such as if you are scheduled for surgery. If you're concerned that you might have COVID-19, contact your primary care provider for advice on treatment and testing.

During a PCR test, a swab that looks like a long Q-tip is used to collect a sample from the inside of the nose.

You will usually be asked to tilt your head back. Then, the swab will be inserted through your nose into your nasal cavity. This can be uncomfortable, but it should not be painful, and lasts only a few seconds.

You may be asked to blow your nose or breathe through your mouth to make the collection process easier.

If you are tested for antibodies, you will be asked to give a blood sample.

You might be asked to isolate yourself after your sample is collected to lower your risk of being exposed to the virus, especially if you have an upcoming surgery or procedure.

Results of a COVID-19 test are usually available within 24 to 48 hours.

A PCR test could yield three possible results:

  • If you test positive for COVID-19, your provider will give you advice about what to do next.
  • If you test negative for COVID-19, you probably were not infected at the time your sample was collected. That does not necessarily mean that you won't get sick if you were to be exposed after your test.
  • A very small number of tests may be indeterminate. This is extremely rare, accounting for only about 1% of tests. If your test is indeterminate, your provider may recommend you get tested again
The entire process should take no longer than 15 minutes, less in most instances
Yes, we currently require online appointment via credit card prior to appointment.
All viral PCR tests for SARS-CoV 2 have received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA, which is the highest level of approval given during a national health crisis.
If you receive a positive test, then it is most likely you are infected with Covid-19. We strongly recommend you contact your healthcare provider as they can determine the best care based on your specific health needs.
Yes, if they are 3 years of age or older and authorized/accompanied by a parent/legal guardian
Most results are available within 24 to 48 hours. You will get notification thru mobile phone and/or email.