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COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, AFC Urgent Care Cheltenham is performing COVID-19 diagnostic testing seven days a week for patients Cheltenham, Oak Lane, Wyncote, Melrose/Elkins Park, Wyndmoor, Chestnut Hill, Germantown & Northwest Philadelphia areas. COVID-19 is a virus that affects the upper respiratory systems that was originally detected in late 2019; since then, variants such as Delta, Omicron, BA.2, and others have arisen. The most effective way to diagnose a case of COVID-19 and its variants is through a nasal swab test, which is offered at AFC Urgent Care after an in-office visit. Testing options include a free antigen test as a part of a provider visit, send-out PCR tests, and rapid PCR tests (rapid PCR tests are self-pay only and Medicaid plans are not eligible).
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms of COVID-19 may vary widely from case to case, with patients testing positive while asymptomatic to experiencing severe symptoms including chest tightness and shortness of breath. Patients can contract COVID-19 by direct contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus or through community spread, when you are unsure when you were exposed. Symptoms of the virus may include:
Dry, persistent cough
High fever over 102 F
Shortness of breath
Recent loss of taste and/or smell
Chest and nasal congestion
Muscle, head and full body aches
COVID-19 Swab Diagnostic Testing in Cheltenham, PA
If you have exhibited any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, pre-register a visit with AFC Urgent Care Cheltenham today! We offer a free antigen test with a visit and also offer Rapid PCR and send-out PCR alternatives. For more information, call our center today.
We offer a rapid test because they provide highly reliable results on the spot; however, they do produce more false negatives than the RT-PCR COVID-19 Test. Doing both tests is our way of ensuring that you get the most accurate results possible without having to put your life on hold.
That will ultimately depend on your insurance coverage. Presently, many people with insurance are able to get tested at no charge. If you’re uninsured, AFC’s cash pay prices are highly competitive – contact us for the details.