Nobody can deny the challenges the world has been faced with in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. The changes have affected the way we work, socialize, learn, dine, and even interact with each other. While things have certainly improved since the virus first hit in 2020, we are still not out of the woods when it comes to the pandemic, and taking our health seriously is just one way to keep ourselves and others safe. One thing we do know is everyone can do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19. From wearing a mask to washing our hands more frequently, social distancing, and getting tested, these are just some of the many ways we can get back to “normal” life sooner. Here is some information about getting tested for COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Types of tests
COVID-19 tests are available that can test for current infection or past infection.
- A viral test tells you if you have a current infection. Two types of viral tests can be used: nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) and antigen tests.
- An antibody test (also known as a serology test) might tell you if you had a past infection. Antibody tests should not be used to diagnose a current infection.
Who should get tested for current infection
- People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
- Most people who have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone with confirmed COVID-19.
- Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-19 symptoms do not need to be tested following exposure to someone with COVID-19.
- People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not need to get tested following exposure as long as they do not develop new symptoms.
- People who have taken part in activities that put them at higher risk for COVID-19 because they cannot physically distance as needed to avoid exposure, such as travel, attending large social or mass gatherings, or being in crowded or poorly-ventilated indoor settings.
- People who have been asked or referred to get tested by their healthcare provider, or state, tribal, or territorial health department.
- CDC recommends that anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. If you get tested because you have symptoms or were potentially exposed to the virus, you should stay away from others pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.
Immediate Care Testing
Due to the pandemic and limited inventory, we are currently only able to offer RAPID antigen COVID-19 testing to patients who register in advance on our website.
Rapid testing may not be available upon arrival, regardless of advanced registration, as a result of high volume and a national shortage of rapid test supplies.
COVID-19 PCR testing is still available at all locations for both walk-ins and for patients using our online check-in portal.
At Immediate Care, we are continuing to offer both (nasal swabbing & saliva), Rapid Testing, and Antibody Testing. We also offer mobile testing as well in a variety of locations and businesses, townships, and schools. Please reach out for more information on setting up mobile testing. We are proud to partner with Mobile Health Solutions for our mobile testing units! Visit us online for more information today! The mission of Immediate Care is to consistently provide superior quality and compassionate care by combining medical expertise with understanding and sincerity. We offer cost-effective and convenient services while consistently focusing on exceptional patient treatment. Our goal is to provide outstanding care every day, every visit, one patient at a time.