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COVID-19 Rapid Testing FAQ

COVID-19 Rapid Testing FAQ

Q: How does the COVID-19 rapid test process work at AFC? 

A:  There is NO appointment needed for COVID-19 rapid testing. Just walk-in. The process is quick and easy.

  1. At the day of your rapid test please make sure you have insurance and ID ready and register at the front desk.  If you are uninsured you must provide your social security number and ID to qualify for the federal program
  2. An AFC provider will perform and evaluation and a staff member will perform the test.
  3. Results will be provided shortly as soon as they are available.
  4. Please note there is limited availability per hour and you may experience a wait depending on the number of people requesting testing.
  5. We offer COVID-19 rapid testing 7 days a week.

Q:  What if my family or more than 1 person needs a rapid test?

A:  Come to our center to register each family member so we can register them in our system separately. There is No appointment necessary. Just bring your ID’s and insurance card.

Q: I would like to have my rapid test on a specific day. Is this possible?

A:  You no longer need an appointment for COVID-19 testing. You can walk-in to AFC Urgent Care in Vernon any day of the week.  

Q: I am traveling and need my results asap! 

A:  Please check with the airline you are traveling or the country you are traveling to ensure the Abbott ID Now is an accepted form of testing

Q:  How much does rapid testing cost?

A:  Currently your insurance carrier is covering the cost of testing

Q: What if I do not have insurance?

A:  AFC Urgent Care Vernon participates in a federal program to cover the cost of testing.  You must truly be uninsured or not be covered under another policy to qualify.   You will be asked to provide your social security number and a government issued ID (i.e. Drivers License, Passport etc)

Q:  Can I pay out of pocket?

A:  Yes you can.  Please call the center and we can take care of you immediately

Q: How does the AFC Urgent Care Rapid Test work? 

A: We have partnered with Abbott Labs using their ID Now diagnostic system, the Gold Standard in rapid testing utilized by the federal government. Abbott Labs is a leading FDA approved laboratory, with emergency use authorization from the FDA to administer the COVID-19 Rapid test. 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. The ID NOW system processes a specimen in 15 minutes, which enables us to get you your results delivered to you within 30 minutes

Q:  What do I do on the day of testing?

A:  Please text or call the center from your car to inform us of your arrival at your designated time.   A member of our team will contact you and direct you to the area that we perform the rapid testing.   Once the sample is collected you will be directed to wait in your vehicle until the test is complete.   Once the results are available our staff will either call you to retrieve your results or come out to meet you with them in your car.

Q: Is this a nasopharyngeal swab test? 

A: Yes. It is a non-invasive sample taken from the lower area of the nasal canal and we are as gentle as possible!

Q: Is the COVID-19 PCR test and the NAAT test the same test?

A: Yes. A Nucleic Acid Amplification Test, or NAAT, is a type of viral diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2. A PCR test through nasal or throat swab is the most common NAAT technique for detecting specific nucleic acid in a sample.

Q: How long will it take to get results? 

A:  You won’t have to wait long for results. You’re welcome to wait right in your car where a member of our staff will come to you with your lab results and your report and answer any remaining questions you may have within 30 minutes

Q: How effective are the results of the rapid test? 

A: The Abbott ID Now is the gold standard of rapid testing utilized by the federal government, the airline industry and many institutions..

Q: Do I need to be displaying symptoms in order to get a rapid test? 

A:  No, you do not need to be displaying symptoms in order to be tested or to get accurate results.

Q: If I get the rapid test do I still need to wear a mask, wash hands often and social distance? 

A: A negative result is not a free get out of jail card, and does not discount you from maintaining safety precautions, as the test results are only effective up until the time of testing. Please continue to take normal precautions following the test and follow the CDC guidelines

Q: Are these COVID-19 rapid tests sufficient to use as proof of a negative test for employers? 

A: Many employers have backed the Abbott ID Now as the system of choice but we recommend checking with your employer or agency. 

  • AFC Urgent Care reserves the right to update this information as new information emerges.

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