Updated September 9, 2020
Schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 Virus Test (Current Infection) CLICK HERE
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Select Patient First Centers now offer COVID-19 Virus Testing by appointment. Virus Testing is a tool to help determine if you currently have COVID-19. It is for patients who are currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or meet any of the other screening criteria below. For information about Antibody Testing, which helps determine if you have had COVID-19 in the past and is for patients who are not experiencing symptoms, please click here.
COVID-19 Virus Testing is currently offered at the following Patient First Centers:
All Patient First Centers, including the Designated Testing Centers, remain Open Every Day for Walk-in Care of Illness and Injury.
Who can be tested? In order to make an appointment to be tested, patients must be at least 5 years old and must meet screening criteria, which are based on CDC guidance. The screening criteria include meeting any of the following conditions:
What is the cost? If you have insurance, we will submit our charge for your visit and exam to your insurance plan. Many plans cover COVID-19 testing and related visits with no cost-share, but your insurance plan will determine whether you are responsible for any portion of the visit charge or the laboratory charges for testing. Patient First accepts all major insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. Your insurance plan determines if you are responsible for any out-of-pocket expense.
For most self-pay patients, there is no out-of-pocket cost for the exam. You may receive a separate bill from the lab in some cases. The lab will determine what, if anything, it bills the patient.
What type of test does Patient First offer? At designated Patient First Centers, we offer reference lab RT-PCR (Reverse Transcriptase – Polymerase Chain Reaction) molecular diagnostic tests for COVID-19. We offer the RT-PCR test because it is typically highly accurate (source: FDA) and is generally the type of test necessary to meet travel or return-to-work requirements. Patient First does not offer a rapid point-of-care COVID-19 test at this time. We evaluated the rapid antigen tests that are currently available and we were not satisfied with their performance. We are continuing to monitor performance of antigen testing and may offer it in the future as performance improves. For more information about the different types of available tests, please read our blog post by clicking here.
How long does it take to receive test results? The turnaround time for test results from our laboratory partners is currently 2 to 5 days in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In Virginia and Maryland, the turnaround time for test results is currently 2 to 4 days.
What is the process for a COVID-19 Virus Test (Current Infection)?
Instructions about how to view and/or transmit your test result CLICK HERE
Understanding your COVID-19 Virus Test Result CLICK HERE