PCR and Rapid COVID Testing
We offer rapid antigen and PCR coronavirus testing. No order or appointment is required.
The CDC recommends testing for patients with the following:
People who have symptoms of COVID-19;
People who have had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with someone with confirmed COVID-19
People who have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider, local or state health department
If you believe you meet the above criteria for testing, please contact the clinic via phone at (239) 360-2638 to arrange for testing.
How To Get Tested
When you arrive at our facility, please check-in at the front desk.
Please have your driver's license and insurance card available.
Please wear a mask while near other patients and staff.
Clinical staff will perform the test.
Antigen test results are communicated within 2 hours after testing. PCR results are usually communicated within 24-48 hours.
Coronavirus Antibody Testing
WHY SHOULD YOU GET THE TEST?
The antibody test is designed to show whether you were previously infected with/exposed to the coronavirus. It is believed that persons infected and since recovered are immune to the coronavirus; however, the level of immunity and how long immunity lasts is not yet known.
Antibody test results are especially important for detecting previous infections in patients who may not have had symptoms. It is believed that some people may have contracted the coronavirus and recovered without displaying symptoms. These people may now be immune to the virus. The number of people who contracted the virus without symptoms is unknown but believed to be a much larger population than initially thought.
WHEN TO GET TESTED?
People who have been infected with the coronavirus should wait until they have recovered before having the antibody test. The recommended time period is now 3 weeks after symptom onset. This is because testing while the body is still building an immune response to the virus may not yield intended results.
HOW IS THE CORONAVIRUS ANTIBODY TEST PERFORMED?
Antibody tests look for specific proteins in a person's blood that have been made in response to an infection. When antibodies to a specific virus are found in the blood, it shows that a person has had an immune response to the infection.
To perform the test, we will collect a small sample of blood from you. The blood specimen is then sent to a lab that has obtained FDA approval to conduct Coronavirus antibody testing. Test results are forwarded to our office typically within 1-2 days; however, this can vary.* We will contact you to discuss the test results as soon as the results are available.
Please note that the Coronavirus antibody test cannot be used as a sole basis for the diagnosis of an acute COVID infection.