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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

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AFC Urgent Care West Danbury is able to provide services and updates on the current pandemic to protect patients and families from COVID-19

The novel coronavirus, also known scientifically as COVID-19, is a virus the affects the upper respiratory system and has lead to mass shutdowns of schools, businesses, recreational facilities and organizations worldwide. As of July 2020, over 47,000 cases have been confirmed in the state of Connecticut alone. As the virus continues to spread, AFC Urgent Care Danbury has begun offering diagnostic testing for active cases as well as antibody testing to detect past infection.

COVID-19 can appear in a range of symptoms and severity. Many positive cases have been detected in patients with none to mild symptoms, while others have experienced more severe symptoms leading to serious complications. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:

  • High fever (over 102 F) or body chills
  • Dry, persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath or trouble maintaining regular breathing
  • Recent loss of smell and/or taste
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Headache, muscle and full body aches
  • Chest and nasal congestion and runny nose
  • Fatigue
  • Certain patients may be at a high risk for more severe to fatal symptoms of the virus, including patients with compromised immune systems, chronic conditions and patients who are over the age of 60. If a patient meeting any qualifications of being high-risk begin to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, they should be examined immediately and taken to the emergency room if they have difficulty breathing and feel constant pressure in their chest.

COVID-19 spreads through both direct contact and community spread, which occurs when the patient is unsure where they came into contact with the virus. COVID-19 can live on surfaces for up to several days, including door handles, railings, countertops, elevator buttons and faucets. The virus can also spread while airborne and has proven to spread more quickly the influenza virus.

Yes, we do! At all of our AFC Urgent Care Centers in Massachusetts. You do not need an appointment. Each center may have a limited number of tests each day. Learn more about the Rapid test here

AFC offers the COVID-19 PCR/NAAT Diagnostic test; the Rapid test to determine if you have an active infection. In addition, we also offer the Antibody test, which tests for past infection.

***Disclaimer: Certain insurers may require a copayment.

PCR/NAAT tests are considered the most reliable of COVID-19 testing on the market. AFC Urgent Care offers the standard PCR/NAAT nasal swab diagnostic testing for COVID-19. Diagnostic NAAT/PCR Testing can be performed on both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients to detect current, active cases of the novel coronavirus. It is done by taking a swab not unlike a Q-Tip and taking a sample from your nasal cavity. The swab test is painless with minor discomfort and can be performed in a few short moments. *PCR - Polymerase Chain Reaction - a relatively simple and widely used molecular biology technique to amplify and detect DNA and RNA sequences. *NAAT - Nucleic acid amplification test - effective because of their ability to detect very small concentrations of a virus that other tests might miss.

The Abbott ID Now is the gold standard of rapid testing utilized by the federal government, the airline industry and many institutions. The ID NOW is a lightweight and portable instrument (the size of a toaster), a molecular test which detects genetic material, and allows testing to occur on-site in order to get rapid results.

Yes, AFC Urgent Care is committed to the highest standards and has partnered with companies that have the latest capability in the fight against covid. Both PCR tests sent to our lab partner and our Rapid Testing have successfully detected the genetic variants of SARS-Cov-2 including the Delta and Lambda variants that have spread around the globe.

Results for standard NAAT/PCR nasal swab testing are provided within 72 hours, depending on lab capacity or for any unforeseen events. If you choose to get a RAPID COVID-19 test, results will be available within approximately 20- 30 minutes.

***It is important to note that this is an ever changing arrangement with the federal and state grant programs for any testing location across the state.

AFC works with most insurance providers. At this time, most insurances are covering the evaluation and tests making it “free” to the patient. However, it is best practice to check with your insurance provider to determine your specific coverage.

“What if I’m uninsured” AFC participates in a federal program that covers the cost of testing if you are truly uninsured. You will need to provide your social security number along with government issued ID ( ie: Drivers license, passport, etc. ). For those who do not have insurance or qualify under the Federal program, we do offer affordable self pay options.

With COVID-19 and the potential threat of new variants circulating in the country and around the state of Connecticut, we are committed to make sure that you feel safe with us by cleaning and sanitizing our rooms and facilities before you walk-in and after your visit. We are the only urgent care centers who have made the investment to purchase state-of-the-art- air purification systems developed by NASA that have the capability of killing the COVID-19 virus as well as other bacteria and viruses from the air and surfaces. Our staff are also equipped with PPE gear, masks and gloves. That being said, depending on the discretion of the centers, current CDC and DPH guidelines and how busy the centers are, you may be asked to wait to be seen in your cars until called in.

We are not currently offering the COVID vaccines. For information on where to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine please reference the vaccine portal

We highly recommend following the state of CT DPH and CDC guidelines about the continued use of masks, social distance, and other precautions. Even if you test negative for your COVID-19 test, you can still contract the virus later on if you’re not careful. Wearing a mask, practicing safe social distancing, and consistent hand washing and sanitizing will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.

Vaccinated or not, it is recommended to continue to follow guidance set forth by your local towns and cities as well as at your workplace and local businesses. We highly suggest wearing a mask and following the CDC guidelines about social distancing, and other protective measures to protect you and others around you.

You should wait at least 10 days before being re-tested for COVID. If you are asymptomatic: Quarantine for 10 days after the first positive COVID test and then re-test.

If you are symptomatic: Quarantine for at least 10 days after symptom onset, or until you have been fever free for a minimum of 24 hours, whichever is longer.

AFC Urgent Care works with employers and employees to help them meet the criteria for returning to work as in accordance with guidance from the CDC and other public health authorities. We’ll provide you with a return to work form along with your results if needed. Please note, although the Abbott ID Now Rapid molecular test is a widely accepted form of covid testing, it is your responsibility to confirm with your employers HR department or company/organization representative if the Rapid test is acceptable.

Depending on the airlines and destination, you should check The CDC for specific requirements. In addition, it is your responsibility to please confirm with the airlines and/or destination if the Abbott ID Now Rapid Test is accepted or if a PCR is required.

AFC Urgent Care is also a trusted testing partner for the state of Hawaii. We will provide the proper documentation that has been approved by the state of Hawaii for safe entry. Travelers with testing results from sources that are not Trusted Testing Partners with the state of Hawaii will require the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

This year's flu season looks different, with Covid-19 still a major threat for all of us. It will be tricky to distinguish between the two since they can both exhibit similar symptoms of body aches, chest tightness, cough and fever. Testing is the best way to identify the pathogen(s) causing these symptoms and rule out the possibility of Covid-19. Although many COVID-19 symptoms and flu symptoms overlap, there are certain distinctions between the two.


While we do provide COVID-19 testing as a resource to the communities that we serve. Please be advised that we are an urgent care center first and foremost. Patients that require immediate attention may be seen first. Our goal is to provide care for those unforeseen accidents and for all your urgent care needs, from sprained ankles, to x-rays to diagnosing and treating infections, cuts and viruses. We ask that you keep this in mind and thank you in advance for your patience when visiting our center for COVID-19 testing.

The health and safety of our AFC Urgent Care team is important to us. We are working with the state and local health departments to make sure that our team has access and options for the COVID-19 vaccines. Most of our staff have been fully vaccinated and we are continually working with our staff to provide education and resources so that they can all be vaccinated in the near future. Again, we make sure that you feel safe with us when receiving urgent care.

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  • Why choose AFC for Urgent Care?

    With state-of-the-art centers and a professional medical team, AFC provides on-site X-rays, labs, procedures, and more!

  • What's the difference between AFC Urgent Care and emergency room services?

    Urgent care is for medical conditions that require prompt attention but do not pose an immediate threat to your health or life. Here is a simple rule of thumb: if your medical issues(s) are life threatening, call 911, or go directly to a hospital emergency room. If not, an urgent care center such as AFC is an excellent alternative.

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