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Lakewood COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing at AFC Urgent Care

COVID-19, also referred to as the novel coronavirus, is an upper respiratory infection originally detected in China in December 2019 before quickly spreading across the world. Since the start of 2020, there have been millions cases detected in the United States. With wildly varying symptoms, the only way to know for sure that you have been infected with the virus is by getting tested. AFC Urgent Care Lakewood is offering COVID-19 diagnostic testing seven days a week for patients on a walk-in basis or by appointment.

FAQs about COVID-19 Testing at AFC Urgent Care Lakewood:

Q. What types of COVID-19 testing are available at AFC Urgent Care Lakewood?

A. AFC Urgent Care Lakewood provides standard PCR COVID-19 testing, Rapid COVID-19 testing and  COVID Antibody testing. Patients that are at risk for a current infection benefit from standard or rapid testing while antibody testing is great to test potential immunity response to the virus.

Q. What is a Rapid COVID-19 Test? How does rapid COVID testing work? 

A. A Rapid PCR test is a nasal swab used to detect an active strain of the COVID-19 virus. Patients that are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive should receive a rapid COVID test . A test works by swabbing the nasal cavity of a patient’s nose, and detecting whether or not they have an active case of the virus. Tests are then sent to a lab and completed  

Q. What is a COVID-19 antibody test? How do antibody tests work? 

A. A COVID-19 antibody test is a test designed to determine if a patient has developed immunity to the virus due to a previous infection. The test can return results for patients in a matter of 48 hours. Antibody tests work by taking a blood sample and analyzing the sample for the presences of antibodies, which indicate potential immunity to the patient. 

Q. When should I get a COVID-19 test, rapid COVID-19 testing,  or an antibody test? 

A. If you believe that you have either traveled to a location with significant cases, made direct contact with an infected patient, or are symptomatic after meeting a confirmed patient then rapid COVID-19 testing may be useful. Patients that were previously infected and want to determine if they have built immunity to the virus should consider an antibody test. Patients can call to schedule either test type. 

Q. What should I do if I have a positive result for COVID testing?

A. You should stay home and avoid contact with others. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the quarantine process and get enough rest. Monitor your symptoms to make sure you are getting better and stay in touch with your doctor. It is recommended to quarantine for at least 10 days after symptoms start.

Q. What should I do if I have a negative test for COVID testing?

A. Receiving a negative tests means your body did not show active signs of the virus at the time. If you start experiencing symptoms, get tested again. If not, continue following governmental guidelines, wash your hands frequently, maintain a distance of 6 feet between others, and wear a mask when in public. 

Q. Is COVID-19 testing covered by insurance?

A. Whether or not you are covered for rapid tests, standard tests,  or antibody tests will depend on your current insurance plan. Some insurance plans do not cover rapid testing. Please refer to our list of current, accepted insurance plans and determine whether your policy covers rapid tests. 

Q. Where can I get either a rapid COVID test or antibody test near Lakewood?

A. AFC Urgent Care Lakewood offers rapid COVID-19 testing and antibody testing for all patients near Lakewood, Englewood, Sheridan, Green Mountain, and Edgewater, CO  Please call AFC Urgent Care Lakewood for more information. 

Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms of the COVID-19 virus may vary from case to case, ranging from asymptomatic to mild to severe. Symptoms typically develop between two and fourteen days after exposure to the novel coronavirus. COVID-19 is highly contagious regardless of the degree of symptoms a patient may have. In order to reduce chances of infection, it is important to continue following state health and safety guidelines, including continuing to practice social distancing and wearing a mask or protective face covering in public areas. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:

  • Dry, persistent cough
  • High fever (over 102 F)
  • Chest congestion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Recent loss of smell and/or taste
  • Body and muscle aches

Testing for COVID-19 at AFC Urgent Care

AFC Urgent Care Lakewood is able to perform diagnostic testing using a swab of the lower nasal cavity. The swab is inserted for a few moments to get the necessary sample, removed, and brought to our on-site laboratory for processing and analyzing. Results are available within 1-3 days depending on lab capacity. When you visit the center for testing, please wear a mask, especially in our waiting area. 

COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing in Lakewood, Littleton & Golden, CO

If you are beginning to experience symptoms of COVID-19 or are preparing to return to your workplace, schedule a visit with AFC Urgent Care Lakewood to set up a time for diagnostic testing. Our center is open seven days a week for walk-in visits. 

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AFC Urgent Care FAQs

  • Why does AFC provide two different COVID tests?

    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.

  • How long does it take to get a COVID test?

    We're able to get many patients in and out in a matter of minutes, but the length of time you'll spend in our clinic will depend on wait times that day.

  • How much does it cost to get a COVID test?

    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.

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