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503 Gaslight Blvd, Lufkin, TX 75904503 Gaslight Blvd
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Great discreet service, scheduled my visit and paid for for the test online not in Showed up at lab, checked in and was seen within minutes. Blood and urine were collected, test results came back quickly within 2 days because I did my test on a Friday. Quick, easy and cheap. Didn't have to wait for a visit to my PCP, and then get referral to lab.
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1020 W 1st St, Groveton, TX 758451020 W 1st St
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2500 Daniel McCall Dr, Lufkin, TX 759042500 Daniel McCall Dr
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3.67(3 reviews)
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525 N Brentwood Dr, Lufkin, TX 75904525 N Brentwood Dr
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I had an on the job injury and had to be seen at Urgent DOC. It wasn’t my choice but my facility choice. I’m so glad they sent me there. As a nurse myself, I tend to be overly critical of care received. There wasn’t a thing I could be critical of. The staff were so professional and friendly. They really made me feel welcomed and as a special person. I was seen quickly, sutured by a highly qualified person (Nurse Practitioner) and given detailed instructions on aftercare. I recommend this place to anyone for any care needed! Thank you to all the staff there!

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3802 S Medford Dr, Lufkin, TX 759013802 S Medford Dr
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710 Gaslight Blvd, Lufkin, TX 75904710 Gaslight Blvd
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607/609 S John Redditt Dr, Lufkin, TX 75904607/609 S John Redditt Dr
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2111 E Denman Ave, Lufkin, TX 759012111 E Denman Ave
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4.31(469 reviews)
513 Gaslight Blvd, Lufkin, TX 75904513 Gaslight Blvd
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Super quick and clean! I waited for less than 5 min & check in was smooth. The technician who took the sample did it quickly and I barely felt the needle

503 Gaslight Blvd, Lufkin, TX 75904503 Gaslight Blvd
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1620 W Church St, Livingston, TX 773511620 W Church St
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1500 W Church St, Livingston, TX 773511500 W Church St
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3.67(6 reviews)
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1615 W Church St, Livingston, TX 773511615 W Church St
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I have used Urgent Doc several times in the past two years. The staff is always kind, professional and have taken care of my illnesses. I would highly recommend them. Jim K

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111 Emergency Dr, Livingston, TX 77351111 Emergency Dr
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1615 W Church St, Livingston, TX 773511615 W Church St
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923 W Frank St, Lufkin, TX 75904923 W Frank St
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1000 W Frank Ave, Lufkin, TX 759041000 W Frank Ave
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1204 E Lufkin Ave, Lufkin, TX 759011204 E Lufkin Ave
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Latest COVID-19 Testing Updates

Oct 31, 2022
A surge in respiratory syncytial virus is putting severe strain on children's hospitals nationwide. Hospitals first began seeing the unseasonable RSV rise in August. Now, many are reporting a case increase of over 300 percent compared to last month. (Becker's)
Oct 28, 2022
With the BQ.1.1 variant on the rise in Europe, experts express concern of a rise in COVID cases this winter; encourage everyone to max out their boosters and vaccinate their children (Houston Chronicle)

COVID-19 Testing FAQs

  • How much does COVID testing cost in Pleasant Hill?

    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 Pleasant Hill?

    COVID testing is available for free under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes testing for those without health insurance. Check with your Pleasant Hill-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 Pleasant Hill?

    COVID testing is available at many outlets near Pleasant Hill 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 Pleasant Hill?

    Rapid testing—both PCR (molecular) and antigen tests—is offered through many Pleasant Hill-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 Pleasant Hill?

    Same-day and next day appointments for COVID testing in Pleasant Hill 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 Pleasant Hill?

    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 Pleasant Hill?

    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)

Wait time was about 1hr. I got there at 10:15 (opened at 10am) for a rapid COVID test. Understandable wait tho considering the times. Staff did a great job keeping things flowing and updating via texts. Once swab was done, got results in <15min (neg!). I’m just hoping I don’t get a huge bill for the Dr visit (that I didn’t request). Only thing I recommend is he read up on the pandemic specifics since he is first line. My questions weren’t able to be answered: how accurate are the rapid tests / what’s the false negative rate and what is the best timing of getting the rapid once symptoms start and WHY? It’s not my field of medicine or I would’ve known. I still had a great experience and am glad they provide this service.

- Verified patient on 10/30

It was overall request. However, I don’t think it was medically necessary to re-see my son for another telemedicine when I requested for my son to have a pcr covid test when he was just seen for the same exact reason the day before. I called the same day of his rapid test to also have a pcr. But because they no longer were doing the covid test the staff told me to come in the next day. When I came back for the pcr test, the staff told me I need to do another telemedicine. I explained the scenario but it seems that the logic was not heard and was told that my son still need to be seen telemedicine. I decided to cancel all together and scheduled my son for the pcr test at CVS. I wished that the staff had checked with the doctor first to confirm if it’s medically necessary to see my patient again for the same reason and to only repeat a test. Sometimes, a process may have some exception. Otherwise, I like the physicians and the convenience, except this time.

- Verified patient on 8/1

I was here last fall For a Covid test. Dr Daniel Good was Dr. great bedside manner nice. Introduced himself right away. This time I was seen by a lady. Nice but never introduced herself. Seemed to think I just had an allergic rhinitis. Have very red throat. Could barely Swallow. Felt like strep. She did agree to send a 2nd swab to patholog. Left. Room so CMA came in and did swab and I asked her the dr name and she tells me the lady was a PA. So I felt like she just doesn’t identify herself so no one knows she is not an MD. A little disturbing. I am a BSN RN so I am somewhat picky about titles and representation. The CMA Gisela was extremely efficient.

- Verified patient on 10/15

I came in ona Sunday at 2:20pm. Was in exam room by 2:30pm. They asked me if I would like a covid test. I had a test just 3 days earlier and it cost me $130. They told me my insurance would pay. My wife has the same systems as me but much milder. So they gave both of us the rapid covid test. The Docor then came in and exam both of us. My wife did not have an appointment, but the Doctor saw us both.she is very caring to our illness. She gave me a steroid shot and 2 prescriptions and my wife 1 prescription. Mentally I was already filling better. She ordered the prescription and they were ready when we got to Walmart. Never have I had such great CARE. THANKS TO YOU AND YOUR STAFF

- Verified patient on 11/22

This is my second visit to PrimaCare for Covid testing. The first visit was wonderful and it was a smooth process. The second visit was great up to the point of speaking with the doctor. Her name is Shana Fakkel. I wanted to retest to make sure I am negative and be able to leave home isolation from being almost two weeks in a room, have peace of mind to be close to my parents which both are 65+ years of age, I live with them and not live with the uncomfortable feeling that I can be COVID-19 positive and affect the people around me. In short, Ms. Fakkel, which I will not even want to call her by Dr. had the audacity of questioning my retesting decision by asking why I would want to make my health insurance pay for another test to have peace of mind. I was shocked! First of all, that is none of her damn business and I have the right to test whenever I feel like it and charge my insurance whenever I feel like it if I PAY FOR IT! Second, she should do her job more professionally and not use a criticizing tone to her patients. I was NOT happy! On a positive note, I still got my test and the rest of the staff is great, so I still recommend this clinic, but it’s sad that one person can ruin it for everyone. I hope to not see her again in the future if I decide to return to PrimaCare.

- Verified patient on 1/6

Since moving to Austin a few years back, my allergies have been so bad that I feel like I’m dying in the morning, and then am better by noon. After a week of horrible symptoms (many on the covid list), I opted to find a covid testing location and this Urgent care was close to my home. Making an appointment was easy online and when i arrived all went smooth: from the check in process to test results. The staff was friendly and took all expected precautions to keep me away from others while evaluating me. I was lucky to receive a negative test, and then the doctor helped prescribe some meds to assist with my symptoms. I will definitely use this facility in the future. Great experience & staff!

- Verified patient on 10/9

Everything went well from the walk in to when the doctor walked into the room. One thing said from doctor was I will ask but I can't make you take a covid test. All was good until doctor asked the administrate covid test and I declined. Then I was asked for a reason which I replied with because I refuse to do one. Doctor gave an attitude and said I am not going to argue with you and walked out. Doctors are to give their medical diagnosis and then a course of treatment and then it is up to patient to which they may accept or decline any treatment for reason at any time. Covid testing is not the first thing that any doctor should seek. So, my overall rating for this 7/10. Total wait time was over 2 hours from walk in to walk out.

- Verified patient on 8/14

So grateful for the dedication of the physicians and staff. I was relieved that I didn’t have to travel into San Antonio to receive a COVID test. The service was prompt and I had my results the same day. I breathed a sigh of relief and Thanksgiving for the negative results of my test. I won’t mention where I work but please take this life and death virus seriously. We have coworkers who refuse to wear a mask or if they do don’t do so properly. I felt the need to be tested because we work in close proximity of each other 6 days a week and one tested positive. Needless to say this person had a lax attitude and no mask.

- Verified patient on 12/19

The provider I believe her name was Dr. Clem was quick to get me out the door and acted as if I was not imporatant when I asked for her to look at my son and why was there swelling under his tongue and that I was concerned if there was congestion in his lungs she recommended covid testing I asked her could it be flu since my son had been around my grandbaby who was diagnosed with flu 2 days prior to my visit, her response was it was probably a false positive but she did not explain why she felt it was negative, I did ask for a flu test even thou she was reluctant to do one, then the nurse returned shortly afterwards and stated the results of the covid were negative as well as his flu test but I had to ask again why was there swelling under my son's tongue since both test were negative, the provider finally had told me it was his congestion. I have been here several times in the past and had not had to expierence a bad bed side manner from a provider I am hoping she was just not feeling well or not aware of this and will improve on my next visit.

- Verified patient on 1/26

My NP was great as always. Our family always gets taken care of at this facility, however this time...Rita Cortez made it weird! She was so awkwardly rude to me on top of doing weird treatment. I received a flu/Covid test, for both test, she stuck the swab down both nostril EACH test. NP said I was getting a steroid shot, I have always had a shot in hip/top of cheek, no problem, she wanted to put the shot in my side hip BONE area! No thank you! At that point I said I was a little uncomfortable doing that, she said that is how everyone there is trained to do it, I told her I have had a shot here before and this has never happened and she instantly walked out. The whole experience was just off. My husband asked the kind lady who took her place if Rita was having a bad day (because we all go through things) but apparently she wasn’t, this is her nature. Sorry Rita Cortez, but you are in the wrong career field if this is how you treat all of your patients on a daily basis!

- Verified patient on 1/29

First of all, it is very helpful and really streamlines the process to be able to do all paperwork, history, and download insurance card the day before the appointment online. That probably cuts out a good 20 mins or more of time.Then because of covid, they are seeing patients in our vehicles in a designated area in the back of the parking lot. It’s an organized, quick process. The nurse practitioner Beth came out on time, was very friendly, thorough & informative. The process only took about 15 mins including assessment and nasal swab for covid test. And she called me within 20-25 mins later with the result. Yes I was pleased and impressed. I will go back there if urgent care needed again. And yes I would absolutely recommend this clinic to anyone. Booked my appointment online on the urgent care website. They did not charge me at all. Not even the urgent care co-pay of $10. I’m guessing they will bill me after they file on my insurance.

- Verified patient on 9/2

I came in for a COVID Test, and I was told that I needed an appointment. I did not have an appointment and I told them this is my only off day. Then the nurse said okay we can take care of you. Then ask me to download the web site to my phone and put in the information required. Before I had completed my application, she came back and tested me for COVID-19. When I finally finished putting in my information and submitted it to them. About 30 minutes later I received a text message informing me that my test results came back negative. I recommend this place to anyone who has to take the COVID-19 Test!

- Verified patient on 1/12

Went for a hot-shot COVID test. The sign up was a little more involved than I would have thought it would be. As I live close to the location, they said ok to go home to wait. They texted when ready so the actual wait time at City Doc was attenuated. Had the rapid test and in 15 min sharp, the results came back (negative in my case). All in all I was pleased with the professionalism shown by all of the employees, from the nice lady at the front desk, to the kind lady who swabbed by nose to the kind gentleman who gave me the report. I would definitely consider going back for issues they could handle.

- Verified patient on 10/7

The only challenge I have is that my wife went in for Flu symptoms… she didn’t want to take COVID test because it seems everyone tests positive for CID if they have symptoms , but I talked her into it. She was put on a HYDOCHLORIDE IV - Doctor comes back in 15 mins and says that she has COVID ( The China virus). - Then 20 mins later the AP comes and says “ we’ll you were right you don’t have COVID” - What ??? We said the doc said 20 mins ago she tested positive. - He said, Oh well she a Doctor… I guess she knows better ! - This is EXACTLY why 50% of common sense Americans believe it’s a big scam to control the people and make Fauci & the drug companies rich. - Thanks for revealing the lie once again. - Oh yeah there has not been 1 flu patient in your facility in over a year.

- Verified patient on 8/11

After being ill over the weekend I wanted to be tested for Covid because I keep my 3 year old great grandson and I also have a sister in her 80's with mucular degeneration that I check on almost daily. I needed the peace of mind that a negative test would provide. I wasn't sure if my insurance would pay for the rapid test but I was willing to pay if it didn't. It does cover the rapid test. I went to Next Care for the Covid test. They treated me with the upmost respect, even when I started coughing like crazy due to the mask and allergies. Everyone was very pleasant, friendly and informative. I even left, in less than an hour, with a printout of my symptoms my vitals and my diagnoses. Something my own personal physician does not provide. All in all, a very pleasant and rewarding experience. I will recommend them to anyone.

- Verified patient on 1/25

NO DRIVE THROUGH TESTING!!! Do not be misled with “No appointment required” for COVID tests. We drove by several miles for drive through COVID 19 as indicated in their website and google. However, when we got there, we were told that they would not be providing drive through testing and we needed to wait for 2 hours or so for our turn to get the tests. We are a family of four and you know that how challenging it would be keeping two young children entertained and (safe) inside of the waiting room. We decided to stay in our car until our turn. Not to mention that it took 3 hours to get called and tested!! Other services were good.

- Verified patient on 12/16

My experience with online surveys tells me that the employees will be blamed if the scores were less than perfect and that would be unfortunate because your staff is great. I have no issue with them, I did take issue with the process of administering the Covid tests. You have a waiting area with poorly distanced chairs and 10-15 people in there waiting, some of them not wearing their masks correctly. If some people are coming in to the clinic because they think they have covid you should not have a waiting room or at the very least find some way to separate them like an alternate entrance. People should be encouraged to wait in their cars but it didn't seem like you even have a process to text or otherwise notify people when they're up. Your check in/waiting process is dangerous and needs to be improved

- Verified patient on 12/4

Receptionist (Gracieanna)loudly asked for all waiting room to hear if I was using Medicare? I have been here numerous times using private insurance and nothing provides a reason for such a question. I arrived 30 minutes early. While I was waiting, Three white women show up without appointments, ask questions, Complete the Solv questionnaire at the desk and all get seen before me. When I asked Gracieanna about my appointment, then she stated, oh you’re next. There was no one else left in the waiting room. Once seen the male nurse didn’t weigh me but asked me to tell him my weight and began a discourse about me taking medication for high blood pressure and having been referred by a doctor. When I explained to him, I had never visited for anything other than a Covid test, he was dismissive and provided me with none of my vitals. Temp, blood Pressure and O2. The doctor did provide my vitals after I asked and her bedside manner was the standard of professionalism and care that I have encountered in the past. Without my prior experiences, I would never return; however, I hope this staff team I encountered was an anomaly.

- Verified patient on 9/5

Took my son in for red, sore throat and swollen glands. Told them I didn’t want a covid test because I didn’t want to waste rest if it wasn’t necessary. I did want them to tear him for other things and the Dr. took it as I didn’t want any tests done! Not happy that he was willing to send us on our way without teatimg and give him a shot of rosephen. I was adamant about testing for mono and he was positive! Not sure why Dr would tell me that they are just a band aid stop not much they can do for us. I also asked for a referral which he was going to give us but being that he was finally tested and positive for mono we didn’t need the referral. Our appointment was for 11:30 am and didn’t see Dr until 12:50 pm. Not happy at all about this visit! He should have been tested the last time we were in on January 4, ***

- Verified patient on 2/3

I needed a COVID test. I tried to register on the website and it set up a video appointment. In a few minutes, someone from the staff called to ask me some follow-up questions. It turned out that I didn’t need the video appointment at all. It would be nice if the website was fixed so that the video conference wouldn’t be set up. Apparently it’s never needed. When I drove up, I tried to call the number that was on the window, the staff member accidentally hung up on me, and I could not reach anyone when I tried to call back. Someone from the staff came out and spoke with me. She was very nice. Then, I got my test with no problems. The staff is great, they just need to fix some hiccups with the website process and handling calls (I got disconnected more than once). Also, the hold music is terrible! But I got what I needed, and it was with minimal issues. I would definitely go back.

- Verified patient on 7/3

Pleasant Hill 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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