COVID-19 Testing in South Florida

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COVID-19 Testing in South Florida

COVID-19 testing is a vital service to empower residents of South Florida to take control of their health and wellness. The sooner you know about your novel coronavirus status, the more you can help stop the spread of this highly contagious disease. 

Dr. G’s Urgent Care provides COVID-19 testing from the safety and convenience of our three locations. Under the esteemed leadership of board-certified physician Dr. Mylissa Graber, our clinic will equip you with the sound medical advice you need in these uncertain times. Contact us online or call (561) 330-9363 for more information. We have caring, knowledgeable professionals standing by at our offices in Delray Beach, Coral Springs, and Lake Worth. 

About the COVID-19 Test

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When you are worried about the health of you and your loved ones, you don’t want to wait for answers. You do not need to make an appointment to get tested at Dr. G’s Urgent Care, but we do encourage patience among our patients. Our offices are open 12 hours a day, so we strive to serve your needs regardless of your demanding schedule. Be prepared to wait in an orderly queue and we will do our best to process your test as quickly as our frontline staff can do so.

There are three main categories of COVID-19 tests. Our team of medical professionals can explain the particulars of each method in greater detail to create the best strategy for your needs. 

Molecular Test

The most direct way to tell if you are experiencing an active coronavirus infection is to look for specimens of the virus’ genetic material.[1] A highly qualified member of the Dr. G’s Urgent Care will gently guide a cotton swab to either the back of the throat or up the nasal passages. By taking a mucus sample, we can detect the existence of COVID-19. Patients typically get their results in a matter of 24-48 hours, and they are highly accurate.

Antigen Test

For faster results (10-15 minutes), you may opt for the antigen test. This variation of COVID screening also uses a swab to collect mucus samples, but our diagnostics team is looking for telltale proteins from the coronavirus. Antigen tests may be slightly less accurate than molecular tests; false positives sometimes occur due to the sensitivity of the testing protocols. The antigen test may produce a positive result due to the presence of proteins from coronavirus strains other than the COVID-19 variety. To verify the presence of COVID in patients who receive unexpected or inconclusive results from an antigen test, we may need to conduct a follow-up molecular test.

Antibody Test

Neither of the aforementioned tests (molecular or antigen) will indicate if a patient had already had COVID-19. To make that determination, Dr. G’s Urgent Care can conduct an antibody test. As the name suggests, the test looks for the presence of antibodies in your blood. If you had previously come down with COVID-19, your body would have built up a defense to the virus. The antibodies that your system produced will thrive in your blood for months after COVID positivity. A skilled phlebotomist will gently draw a blood sample, from which we can detect the presence of those all-important antibodies. Patients generally get the results of their antibody tests in a matter of 24-48 hours.

Although no appointment is necessary to get your COVID-19 test at Dr. G’s Urgent Care, you may wish to start your registration process online through our convenient patient resources portal.

Benefits of Knowing Your Status

We understand why many members of our South Florida communities are hesitant to get tested for COVID-19. The news can be frightening and your instinct may tell you to ignore possible symptoms of the novel coronavirus. But getting tested can give you the information you need to stay healthy and to stop the spread of this confounding disease.

The symptoms of COVID-19 range from coughing to headaches to weariness and nausea. These manifestations are similar to those of the common cold or the seasonal flu. Instead of suffering in silence, it is better to fully understand the reasons for your illness. If you get a negative COVID test result, you will enjoy peace of mind as well as follow-up medical advice from your dedicated team at Dr. G’s Urgent Care. If, on the other hand, you test positive, you can be a hero by quarantining yourself and preventing those around you from contracting the virus. 

Regardless of your COVID-19 screening results, we are here for you. Call (561) 330-9363 with any wellness concerns you may have, but please do not hesitate to dial 911 if you are having trouble breathing. 

Eligible Candidates

Anyone in the South Florida vicinity who is willing to take responsibility for the continued wellbeing of their community is eligible to get a COVID-19 test. If you are experiencing aches, respiratory problems, or other pertinent symptoms of the novel coronavirus, then you should get tested at your earliest opportunity. 

According to the CDC, the following criteria determine the prime candidates for COVID testing.[2]

  • Those who are symptomatic
  • Individuals who have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of another person without masks for a duration of approximately 15 minutes or more)
  • Persons who attended potential “superspreader” events (concerts, rallies, or other gatherings with little to no social distancing)
  • Individuals who are unable to social distance due to their cramped living conditions with family members or roommates 
  • Patients whose general practitioner has recommendation that they get tested 

Private Consultation

Discretion is essential to healthcare. Your medical records are your business, and we intend to keep it that way. If you are presenting symptoms of COVID-19, we are here to help. Our expert staff can diagnose and treat a wide array of illnesses and injuries. Even though COVID is at the forefront of everyone’s collective consciousness this year, various other common afflictions have not taken a vacation. You deserve the proper attention for your particular situation, and Dr. G’s Urgent Care will deliver on that promise. Contact us in Delray Beach, Coral Springs or Lake Worth, Florida.

If you prefer to consult with us virtually, we offer remote appointments to best suit your lifestyle. 

No Preparation Required

You do not need to prepare for COVID-19 testing. Simply show up during our office hours and be ready to observe social distancing and mask mandates.

The screening protocols vary depending on which test you are receiving. Antibody tests require a simple blood draw while molecular and antigen tests are administered with a cotton swab. 

Proven Results

The great news: you won’t have to wait long to learn your COVID-19 status. Rapid test results are available within a matter of 10-15 minutes. Antibody and molecular swab tests are processed over the course of 24-48 hours.

Regardless of your screening outcome, Dr. G’s Urgent Care is here for you. We can refer you to a specialist in the event that you are positive, or we can perform further testing to determine the source of your ailment. 

Complementary and Alternative Services 

Even after you have received your COVID diagnosis, Dr. G’s Urgent Care will provide the resources you need to stay healthy. If you require pharmacy services to treat your illness, no matter what it may be, we can assist you on-site. The same is true of physician services, lab tests and pediatrics. Dr. Graber prides herself on providing the highest quality care to her South Florida communities. One look at our glowing reviews will illustrate that we are committed to delivering 5-star treatment to you and your loved ones. 

The Cost of COVID-19 Testing in South Florida

The cost of your COVID-19 test should be covered by your insurance provider. Dr. G’s Urgent Care accepts all major insurance plans as well as Medicare. 

If you are uninsured, the price of COVID-19 hinges on the type of procedure you choose.

  • Swab Test – $195
  • Antibody Test – $99
  • Rapid Test – $200

To discuss insurance coverage, payment and credit options, or any other budgetary concerns, please contact us at your convenience. 

FAQ

How quickly can I get my COVID test results?

The amount of time it takes to determine the outcome of your COVID-19 test depends on the type of screening you request. Rapid tests produce results in 10-15 minutes while molecular swab tests and antibody blood tests generally require 24-48 hours.

How reliable is COVID testing?

Again, the reliability of your results depends on the type of test you take. In rare cases, antigen swab tests produce false positives due to the fact that they detect pieces of protein from the coronavirus. Molecular tests, on the higher hand, are reliably accurate because they search for genetic material of the virus directly. Please call (561) 330-9363 with any questions you may have regarding COVID testing in South Florida.

References

  1. U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) website. (2020). Coronavirus Disease 2019 Testing Basics.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. (2020). COVID-19 Testing Overview.