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Variations of the Covid-19 rapid test are now more readily available, but in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare professionals relied on PCR-based testing to identify the virus in infected individuals, and determine antigens in those who have had the disease. The tests have been extremely accurate in determining a positive or negative result, however; they can take days to return due to heavy laboratory test sample volumes. Despite their accuracy, the time it takes to return a test can be ineffective for infection control and they are costly to process due to the equipment needed.
At the present time, rapid COVID-19 testing is now available for everyone. These rapid PCR tests can provide results within 15 minutes. Healthcare providers, like our urgent care center, exclusively offer this new test. Abbott, a renowned company, designed and manufactured the test, which has received FDA approval. This has greatly accelerated the diagnosis and detection of COVID-19 in a person. It also is easily accessible and accurate enough that it can quickly identify patients who require isolation.
Our Urgent Care Centers are proud to announce we are providing the Abbot Rapid COVID-19 PCR testing for detection of the virus and antigen presence. Appointments can be made on our website, or you can visit our site on a walk-in basis.
Facts About The Covid-19 Rapid Test
- Anyone who requests a rapid test can receive one.
- Children ages 2yrs and older can receive this test.
- Patients can receive a rapid COVID test and antigen test at the same time.
- Testing is provided for all purposes including travel, preoperative, work, school, etc.
- Positive, symptomatic patients are interpreted as positive given the low rate of false negatives.
Our Urgent Care Centers are open 7 days a week with convenient hours. In addition to COVID testing, we are still providing urgent medical care to our community on a regular basis. Our center is clean, safe and nationally accredited by the UCA.
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