COVID-19 testing is available for any interested patient via our Immediate Care or Primary Care appointments.
Patients with symptoms and/or specific known COVID exposure:
In order to maximize safety and minimize exposure, all patients with COVID-19 symptoms and/or acute known exposure, are first evaluated via telemedicine (video) appointment. Afterwards, our staff will work with you to schedule the appropriate sample collection.
Typical symptoms may include: cough, sore-throat, fever, muscle aches, loss of smell / taste.
Examples of specific known exposures may include: prolonged exposure to a family member / friend with confirmed COVID-19.
Patients without symptoms and without specific exposure:
Patients with no symptoms and without acute COVID-19 contacts in the prior 14 days who desire COVID-19 swab tests are welcome to visit us for an in-person Immediate Care office visit and swab collection.
Typical scenarios include: pre-travel testing, return-to-work testing, and return-from-travel testing.
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The following is a brief breakdown of available tests and general care measures:
COVID-19 Swab test
- Detects ACTIVE infection
- Used to diagnose COVID-19 if you have symptoms, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath
- Swabs are taken from either the nose or mouth
- Test results turn ‘negative’ or ‘normal’ when the infection resolves
- For symptomatic patients, or those with specific exposure – our office schedules collection of COVID swabs for after a Telemedicine evaluation
- For patients without symptoms or specific known exposure – patients are welcome to visit us for an in-person Immediate Care visit for testing
COVID-19 Blood test
- Detects prior COVID infection by measuring antibodies
- Antibodies to COVID are thought to be protective and may indicate immunity
- Antibodies appear approximately 14 days after infection or exposure
- Scientists do not yet know how long antibodies will last after infection
- Does NOT detect active infections
- Our office schedules collection of the COVID blood test after a Telemedicine evaluation
- Specific test protocol — IgG antibodies via Abbott, which received FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) on 4/26/2020
- Reported sensitivity – 100%, specificity – 99.6%
General Health Measures regarding COVID-19
- If you are sick and experiencing mild to moderate symptoms, consider the COVID Swab test.
- Covid swabs can be ordered via a Telemedicine Consultation with our office
- Stay hydrated and take fever reducers as needed
- Patients with confirmed COVID-19 cases should self-quarantine
- Self-quarantine is more strict than sheltering-in-place
- Coordinate with your healthcare provider regarding when to follow-up and when to discontinue self-quarantine
- If you were previously sick (or had possible exposure to COVID-19) and it has been at least 2 weeks – consider the COVID-19 Blood Test
- The blood test can be ordered via a Telemedicine Consultation with our office
When to consider Emergency Care
- If you are sick with a high fever and severe respiratory symptoms (chest pain, difficulty breathing, significant fatigue), please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.