In-Clinic COVID-19 Testing
In-Clinic COVID-19 testing is available for patients with and without COVID-19 symptoms. Patients are required to bring their insurance and ID for testing. Our express testing is back, M-F at our Shorter location (601 Shorter Ave, Rome GA 30165).
The following tests are available in-clinic:
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Many patients with confirmed COVID-19 have developed fever and/or symptoms of acute respiratory illness. The current information available to characterize the spectrum of clinical illness associated with COVID-19 suggests that symptoms include cough, shortness of breath or dyspnea, fever, chills, myalgias, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.
Based on what we know about the virus that causes COVID-19, signs and symptoms may appear any time from 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Based on preliminary data, the median incubation period is approximately 5 days, but may range from 2-14 days.
What should you expect with a Rapid COVID-19 test?
Redmond Urgent Care is offering the Sofia SARS Antigen FIA test which is authorized for use on respiratory specimens collected from individuals who are suspected of COVID-19 by their healthcare provider within the first five days of onset symptoms. Antigen tests are designed to detect proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19 in respiratory specimens, for example nasal swabs.
When you come in for a test, our provider or our trained clinical staff will put on protective clothes, mask and face shield, and then collect samples. Collecting a sample is usually taken from the nose. This mildly uncomfortable process, the same used to test for influenza, takes just a few seconds.
After processing the sample, the provider reports the test results to the patient. If the test is positive, the provider also reports this to the public health authorities.
PCR and Antibody testing is available. Both tests are sent to third-party labs and results may take 24-48 hours.
What to Bring
What does a positive result mean?
If you have a positive test result, it is very likely that you have COVID-19 because proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19 were found in your sample. Therefore, it is also likely that you may be placed in isolation to avoid spreading the virus to others. There is a very small chance that this test can give a positive result that is wrong (a false positive result). Your healthcare provider will work with you to determine how best to care for you based on your test result(s) along with your medical history, and your symptoms.
What does a negative result mean?
A negative test result for this test means that antigens from SARS-CoV-2 were not present in the specimen at the time of the test at levels above the limit of detection. However, a negative test result does not rule out COVID-19 and should not be used as the sole basis for treatment or patient management decisions, including infection control decisions.
It is possible for this test to give a negative result that is incorrect (false negative) in some people with COVID- 19. This means that you could possibly still have COVID-19 even though the test is negative. If your test result is negative, your healthcare provider will consider the test result together with all other aspects of your medical history (such as symptoms, possible exposures, and geographical location of places you have recently traveled) in deciding how to care for you. 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 be negative compared to a molecular assay.
How much does a COVID-19 Test Cost?
If you have insurance, according to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), insurance providers are not imposing out-of-pocket expenses for COVID-19 testing. Any patient responsibility (copays, coinsurance, deductibles) are waived by insurance providers.
For patients without insurance or employers requesting tests, testing is available at the cost of $205.