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Latest COVID-19 Testing Updates

Oct 31, 2022
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Oct 28, 2022
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COVID-19 Testing FAQs

  • How much does COVID testing cost in Grace?

    In many cases, COVID testing can be free. Many state and local health departments continue to offer free testing to community residents as part of their response to the pandemic. In other cases, commercially insured patients, or those on Medicare or Medicaid, may receive testing at no out of pocket cost, or with a nominal office visit copay. For cash paying patients, or those that need rapid COVID testing which will deliver results in under an hour, COVID tests can range from $50 to $150 each. It is best to call your healthcare provider prior to getting tested to better understand the cost of the specific test you require.

  • Where can I get free COVID testing in Grace?

    COVID testing is available for free under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes testing for those without health insurance. Check with your Grace-area health department as they are generally a good source for free COVID tests, or can at least point you in the right direction. Additionally, you can ask your primary care provider to recommend a free COVID test site.

  • Where can I get COVID testing in Grace?

    COVID testing is available at many outlets near Grace including urgent care centers, retail clinics, primary care offices, health departments, and more. Different venues will have different types of tests available, many at different price points. Some testing sites are allowing walk-in patients, however, many are still requiring some degree of advance booking to control patient volume.

  • Where can I get a rapid COVID test in Grace?

    Rapid testing—both PCR (molecular) and antigen tests—is offered through many Grace-area urgent care centers and physician offices, usually at an additional cost ranging from $50 up to $150 per test. Usually this will allow you to get results back in under an hour, and require advanced booking through the provider. However, if you can wait 24 hours for your results, many labs are turning around send-out lab tests in that time frame, which could save you some money.

  • How to make an appointment for COVID testing in Grace?

    Same-day and next day appointments for COVID testing in Grace are bookable directly through Solv. Simply browse the list of healthcare providers conducting COVID tests above, find one with a “Book Online” button, and book a time that aligns with your schedule stating “COVID-19 Test” as your reason for visit.

  • Can I get tested for antibodies if I am sick with COVID-19 Grace?

    An antibody test for COVID-19 might inform you if you previously had a coronavirus infection. Because it can take between 1–3 weeks after an infection for your body to develop these antibodies, an antibody test during an active infection would not be successful. To see if you are currently infected, you need a viral test.

  • Do I need a COVID test if I have been vaccinated?

    Even if you have been fully vaccinated, if you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, experts believe that you should be tested yourself, particularly if you are experiencing cold and flu symptoms commonly aligned with the coronavirus.

  • How long does COVID testing take?

    Getting a COVID test is quick. Most tests are done with a nasal swab, which takes less than a minute to swab both nostrils. Depending on where you get your COVID test, this means you could be in and out of the testing site in as little as 10-15 minutes. During busy times—particularly around holidays—testing sites may be busier than usual and wait times may be longer.

  • How long does it take to get COVID test results in Grace?

    Most labs are returning send-out molecular (PCR) COVID test results within 24-48 hours of the test. Some sites take longer, so call and ask if the reason for the test is proof for travel. Rapid COVID tests are processed on-site and are able to deliver results in under an hour, sometimes in as little as 15 min.

  • Do COVID tests detect the Delta variant and Omicron variant?

    Regular COVID tests are able to detect both the Delta variant and Omicron variant in that they can determine whether or not you have the coronavirus. However, they can't tell which variation is involved. That would necessitate genomic sequencing, which is a different process from regular virus testing that not all labs can undertake. Sequencing is uncommon and can cost up to $100 per test. Since the treatment is the same for any variant, it is not clinically useful to an individual patient to know whether the infection was caused by a variant or not.

Recent COVID-19 Testing Reviews (20)

I went to get a Covid test I called the number that was on the door 3-4 times then I got a text saying I hadn't checked in yet my husband then went in and checked me in stating that I had called 4 times The staff said yeah th phone was ringing off the hook and we're trying to answer it but cannot. It was 88 degrees that day and we had to wait in our cars.i understand away but couldn't they have a place in the building for people who are being tested I waited a total of an hour and 15 minutes for my test outside The nurse also told me my results would be back Monday or Tuesday it's Wednesday afternoon and I still have not heard anything the one on Woodruff seems to be staffed better and I would recommend it

- Verified patient on 8/26

Went in for COVID test. Everyone there was professional and nice.

- Verified patient on 11/15

They didn't really ask any questions. They only asked what our symptoms were but not if we been in contact with anyone. (Which is the reason we were there) The nurse said we weren't eligible for the rapid covid testing after I asked if we could get one. (Which is dumb because if we been around someone who has tested positive you think they would offer it to us.) Plus we have had our symptoms for 3 days and I know that is well enough time to get a rapid test done. Just not really a good experience. They were more eager to get us in and out.

- Verified patient on 1/7

I really liked the receptionist and nurse, but the doctor was a jerk. He really pushed the nasal swab test even before my antibody test came back negative. It’s obvious that he makes money for every positive COVID test he diagnoses.

- Verified patient on 10/8

Covid test for travel went smoothly and professionally. Staff was welcoming and friendly.

- Verified patient on 11/4

This was the second covid test and this visit was amazing compared to the firsr visit. The first visit they slightly wiped swab in my nose, this time she wiped inside both nostrils. So im sure this test will be alot more accurate.

- Verified patient on 12/4

Nice folks! Kinda chilly on the phone, but good from that point on. Would be a good idea to point out that the Covid test takes 3-5 days BEFORE you collect $ for the test!

- Verified patient on 12/29

I was very nervous about doing the covid test but the staff was amazingly funny and helped my anxiety drop down and it was amazing.

- Verified patient on 11/14

Came in for the COVID test. I reserved in advance and they took great care of me. I was in and out quickly, the staff were friendly, and they made everything easy.

- Verified patient on 7/28

There are other illnesses besides COVID!!!! Don’t try and pressure me into covid testing my 4 year old when I know my child!!!! He needed an antibiotic and she wouldn’t give him one!

- Verified patient on 9/6

Needed a COVID test prior to travel for work. I was in and out in less than a half hour. Service was provided while I waited in the comfort of my truck! Both the nurse and doctor who visited with me were extremely pleasant and informative. The experience could not have been better. Thank you!

- Verified patient on 7/24

Had to wait over an hour. Next time I will make an appointment but gal at the south office told me I couldn’t make an appointment for a Covid test. Little confusing!

- Verified patient on 9/5

Waiting for results for Covid test

- Verified patient on 6/16

I saw my regular doctors clinic today. They don’t have Covid rapid tests. No Covid tests at all! I’m living with my 97 year old mother so I had to know.. now! I was able to get that information in a matter of minutes. Priceless! Thank you. Pam Bare

- Verified patient on 9/4

Very fast and friendly service! Booked appointments for 3 people for COVID testing and we were in within 90 minutes. Great service.

- Verified patient on 8/12

Went to get a covid test and was able to get it done in a relatively short time. Staff was friendly and courteous, rooms are clean, and funny nurses.

- Verified patient on 10/4

Made covid test a pleasant experience

- Verified patient on 9/24

Uneventful which is the way it should be. Accomplished exactly what we needed (Covid testing)in a very professional yet very warm experience

- Verified patient on 9/24

The nurse who took my covid test was excellent. Shes was so friendly and personable. The doctor was attentive and answered all of my questions.

- Verified patient on 10/28

I wish we could get a Covid test without a physicians visit. $140 for the physicians visit seemed extreme, when he did not even step all the way into the room, he opened the door and asked if I had any questions.

- Verified patient on 8/20

Grace COVID Testing & Rapid Testing

Types of COVID Tests

There are two types of coronavirus tests (COVID-19 tests) available, those that can test for a current infection (viral test) and those that can test for a past infection (antibody test).

Viral COVID testing can be done in a few different ways, the most common being nose swabs, but saliva tests are becoming more popular. Some tests are processed out on-site and can provide results in as little as 30 minutes. These are called rapid COVID tests. The majority of tests, on the other hand, are collected at the clinic on-site and then submitted to off-site labs for processing. Results can take up to 2-3 days to arrive. 

Antibody testing looks for a past infection and may not reveal if you have an active COVID-19 infection because antibodies can take up to three weeks to form in your body. The presence of COVID antibodies may help to prevent you from becoming infected with the same virus again; but, because the clinical understanding of COVID-19 is still developing, it's unclear how long that protection will continue.

Who should get tested for current infection

The CDC currently defines four instances where COVID testing is recommended:

  1. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
  2. If you have been in close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19. Close contact is defined as within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. If you have been vaccinated, or tested positive in the past 3 months and not experiencing symptoms, you do not need to be tested.
  3. If you are unvaccinated and participated in high-risk activities where distancing is not an option. This could include travel, large social or mass gatherings, crowded indoor settings, etc.
  4. If you have been referred to get a COVID test by your healthcare provider or local health department. 

How is testing done for COVID-19?

Most COVID tests are collected by a nasal swab. A member of the medical team puts a swab inside your nose for a few seconds on each side to collect the sample. After that, the samples are packaged according to CDC guidelines and tested on-site or transported to a facility for testing. The lab will test samples for the presence of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which causes COVID infection and either your care provider or the lab will notify you with the results as soon as they are available.

PCR vs Antigen Testing

Viral COVID tests are available as molecular and antigen tests. The molecular test, also known as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, usually delivers results within a few days since most of these tests are sent to offsite labs for analysis. The average turnaround time for PCR test results is 48 hours, but in some instances may be significantly longer due to backlogs related to insufficient lab volume and capacity. Antigen tests are also known as rapid tests and have an average turnaround time of between 15 to 30 minutes.

Both PCR and rapid COVID tests can be used to test people exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, those who were close contacts to COVID-19, and those without COVID-19 symptoms who live or work in a high-risk setting (such as a nursing facility); or those individuals who are identified as part of outbreak detection and response. The rapid COVID test is also recommended for the screening of residents or healthcare workers at skilled nursing facilities along with a PCR confirmation, and for repeat screening for the early detection and prevention of outbreaks in congregate settings (such as schools, workplaces, and prisons).

COVID testing is available for free under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes testing for those without health insurance. To reduce the risk of facing extra costs related to COVID testing, ask your primary care doctor to recommend a free COVID test site, and confirm there are no charges or fees for the test that are not covered by your insurance plan. Additionally, avoid getting a COVID test at a hospital or free-standing emergency room, as these facilities may charge fees for COVID testing and related services.

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