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AFC Urgent Care Watertown and Arlington are helping to provide COVID-19 Testing to help fight the global pandemic.

Address:
376 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Phone:
617-923-2273

AFC Urgent Care Watertown provides COVID-19 Rapid and PCR Testing for patients to determine if their body is currently responding to a COVID-19 infection. Antibody tests can help patients determine if they have a limited immunity to COVID-19, if their body is fighting off infection though there are no symptoms, and if there is a greater-than-expected risk of COVID-19 cases within a community.

COVID-19 Testing for Air Travel

Travel to many international destinations requires a negative PCR testing within a certain timeframe of your flight. AFC Watertown can help you get pre-cleared and ensure that you have your test results in hand before heading off to the airport. Please note that because of the ever changing regulatory requirements on who needs a test and how recent it needs to be, you need determine for yourself what the travel requirements are for your destination. However, you can rest assured that whether it is a Rapid test or a PCR test we can get it done for you one time!

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Register online for COVID Testing at AFC Urgent Care Watertown here.

We also perform Antibody Testing for patients to determine if their body is currently responding to a COVID-19 infection. Antibody tests can help patients determine if they have a limited immunity to COVID-19, if their body is fighting off infection though there are no symptoms, and if there is a greater-than-expected risk of COVID-19 cases within a community.

COVID-19 is one of the most dangerous global health crises in 2020, which is now flagged as a major public health concern in the United States. For patients, it is imperative to follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and local healthcare officials.

AFC Urgent Care Watertown is here to provide you with the best sources of information
from leading healthcare agencies, and frequent major media updates. Misinformation from
unverified social media sources can cause patients to panic or participate in ineffective
prevention methods. Use the following modules and links to learn more!

Important Update: We are offering COVID-19 testing for patients. There are multiple
options. Rapid tests, Send out PCR tests and Antibody tests. Our provider team can collect
samples and send to our third-party reference lab for testing for send out PCR testing or
Antibody testing if deemed necessary by our providers. You may also be tested for
influenza at the same time. The current test results for sent out PCR turnaround time is 5-10
days. Rapid tests can be resulted the same day in 2 hours but paper documentation is
usually ready in 4 hours.

The current CDC guidelines for testing can be found here, which are helpful for evaluating your risk of COVID-19.
However, patients that don’t meet the clinical guidelines as a likely match for COVID-19 can still be tested for seasonal illnesses. The common cold and flu have similar symptoms to COVID-19: Sneezing, coughing, and fever.

COVID-19 Resources for Patients

Use the following links to find fast and available information about COVID-19 locally and globally. The following resources provide daily updates about COVID-19:

CDC Updates

Follow the Centers for Disease Control updates to learn about national preparedness for the coronavirus.

WHO Updates

The World Health Organization is leading public awareness and containment efforts related to nC0V-2019 on a global scale.

Local Health Udpdates

We've curated recent and local news from the Department of Public Health to help give you the information necessary to stay healthy and safe!

COVID-19 Prevention FAQs for Patients:

Public health officials want to make it clear to patients that Routine hygiene and general disease prevention are crucial to lowering your risk of getting a coronavirus infection. In fact, the CDC outlined the key prevention methods which are similar to the flu and common cold Here are a few more specific prevention strategies for patients:

“As with other respiratory viruses, we recommend people protect themselves and others by practicing everyday actions:

  • Clean hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Get an annual flu vaccine if you have not had one.
  • Practice social distancing to avoid the spread whenever you have to leave your household.

If patients have any other questions about coronavirus prevention, then please call a local healthcare provider to learn the facts about coronavirus and disease safety!

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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 your local clinic for the details.

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