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      COVID-19 Testing

      All you need to know about COVID-19 and our testing process. If you have questions or to schedule an appointment please press the button below.

      Different Types of Covid-19 Tests

      What type of test is used?

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      • Antigen: Detects active infection. Rapid results. Less sensitive. May need to be confirmed with a PCR test.
      • RT-PCR: Detects active infection. Highly accurate.

      NOTE: If you are getting your testing for a specific purpose such as travel, please ensure you are selecting the proper test required by your airline, destination or other requiring organization. Certain travel destinations and airlines require PCR testing and do not accept antigen testing.

      What is an antibody test?

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      • Done in office (not drive-thru) 
        • Blood test from a fingerstick
        • Same-day results
      • Shows whether you have been infected in the past by the COVID-19 virus
        • It can not diagnose COVID-19 at the time of the test because it does not show if you have an active COVID-19 infection.

      Different Types of Covid-19 Tests

      Who should get tested?

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      • People who have symptoms of COVID-19
      • People who have had close contact (within 6 feet for 15+ minutes) with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
      • People who are not fully vaccinated should quarantine and be tested immediately after being identified, and, if negative, tested again in 5–7 days after last exposure or immediately if symptoms develop during quarantine.
      • People who are fully vaccinated should get tested 3-5 days after exposure, and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
      •  If you took part in activities that put you at higher risk for COVID-19 because you could not socially distance as needed.
      • If you have been asked or referred to get tested by your health care provider, health department, employer, school, or other organization

      How can I get tested?

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      Our COVID-19 intake form can be found on our website or by using the QR code at our drive-thru. If you haven’t completed the intake form prior to coming through the drive-thru, we will assist you with this.

      This provides us with your contact information, insurance information, relevant medical history, and COVID-19 exposure information and symptoms. Because of the emotional toll that the pandemic has taken on our community members, we also ask a few brief questions about how you are coping with stress.

      How much is it?

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      Covid-19 testing is totally free, with $0 out-of-pocket costs. APMC will bill your health insurance for these services. And you will have no responsibility at all for any amount not covered by your insurance provider. If you receive a bill, please contact our office.

      At the present time, funds are available for non-insured. 

      For rapid tests, we charge $65

      Testing for travel is not covered by insurance. The cost for this test is $185.


      What do my results mean?

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      •  Positive test result means that it’s likely that you have an infection with SARS-CoV-2. This could be due to asymptomatic infection, but if you have symptoms, then this infection is called COVID-19. It is likely that you may be placed in isolation to avoid spreading the virus to others. 
      • Negative test result means that proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19 were not found in your sample, and you probably didn’t have an infection with SARS-CoV-2 at the time your specimen was collected.

      How accurate are they?

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      Keep in mind that no test is perfect. There is always a chance that a test will return a false result. For diagnostic tests, a false negative means the test says you don’t have COVID-19 but you are infected, and a false positive means that the test says you have COVID-19 but you are not infected. Because of this, even if you receive a negative result, you should keep practicing preventive measures, such as distancing, washing hands, and wearing masks, to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. If you are sick, you should stay home and isolate from others, even if you receive a negative test result. Talk with your health care provider to determine if you should be retested or for advice on managing your symptoms.

      What’s the difference between quarantine/isolate?

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      The terms quarantine and isolation can be confusing.  Both are important ways to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  

      You quarantine when you might have been exposed to the virus.

      You isolate when you have been infected with the virus, even if you don’t have symptoms.

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