COVID-19 is presenting significant challenges on both personal and public health levels, and knowing your disease status is a critical part of your overall health. That’s why the team at Urgent Care of Ada in Ada, Oklahoma, offers full-service COVID-19 testing in a setting that’s warm, welcoming, and safe. Call the office to learn more about your COVID-19 testing options and to book your appointment. Online scheduling is also an option for less urgent appointments.
As the nation continues to work toward controlling the spread of COVID-19 and developing treatment options and vaccine availability, testing is an essential part of good health. Not everyone needs to be screened for COVID-19, and understanding when to come in for testing can be confusing.
Current guidelines suggest that people who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested to learn their disease status. Some of the symptoms to keep an eye out for include:
It is also recommended to get tested if you’ve been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, are at an elevated risk of the disease, or are preparing for certain medical procedures.
A rapid test for COVID-19 is also referred to as an antigen test. This screening tool takes very little time to complete, and results are ready as quickly as 15 minutes later.
Rapid testing is a great way to determine if you have COVID-19 and are experiencing symptoms. That said, it’s possible to get a false negative result if you’re not having symptoms, so other testing options, like PCR testing, may be a better fit. Results will be available in approximately two business days.
When you come in to Urgent Care of Ada for COVID-19 testing, the team will determine which screening option is right for your specific set of needs.
PCR testing is an outstanding screening option for detecting the presence of the COVID-19 virus. The test is performed using a technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
There are several ways to collect a sample of cells needed to perform PCR testing. A nasal swab might be used to gather fluid from the inner portion of your nose, or a swab might be used to get cells from the back of your throat. There are even options that gather the necessary material from a saliva sample.
PCR tests are very accurate, but as with any form of viral testing, it’s possible to receive a false diagnosis. Your health team works carefully with you to assess your symptoms and guide you toward the best testing option.
Unlike the other types of COVID testing, the COVID-19 antibody test determines if you’ve had a past infection of the virus, not a current infection. If your immune system has already encountered the COVID-19 virus, certain proteins called antibodies are produced to fight off infection.
The COVID-19 antibody test can detect the presence of these antibodies, which lets your health team know you’ve already contracted and survived the virus. It can take several weeks for your body to create enough antibodies to show up on the test, so the timing of this screening is important.
If you have additional questions or concerns about COVID-19 testing options, call Urgent Care of Ada to learn more, or to schedule your test. Online booking is also an option for less urgent needs.
Covid Testing per the CARES act - $140.