You’ve probably heard a lot about coronavirus testing recently. If you think you or a loved one have coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and need a test, contact us at 941-845-4621 to schedule an appointment, or you can book an appointment online by visiting our website www.primehealthuc.com and clicking on the top of our homepage where it says appointments. You can also walk into our clinic at any time between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm Monday through Friday, or 8 am and 6 pm Saturday and Sunday.
At PrimeHealth Urgent Care, we’ve been responding to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic by sanitizing and equipping our clinic for our patients. Your safety is our top priority. We have taken steps to ensure that your visit to PrimeHealth Urgent Care is safer than ever before. We ask that when you arrive to our clinic, you give us a call letting us know you are outside. You can wait outside of our clinic or in the comfort of your car until we text or call you to come in. We only let patients come in one at a time. We ask that you come in with a face mask. If you don’t have one, we will provide you with one. We avoid any crowding in the halls. Our staff is wearing face masks at all times. We’ve reconfigured our reception areas to promote social distancing, including the installation of plexiglass dividers at check-in windows. Once in our clinic, you will be taken into one of our sanitized exam rooms. We’ve enhanced our cleaning practices and use medical-grade disinfectant approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each one of our rooms, waiting area, front desk and x-ray room have been equipped with the most powerful table top air purifiers on the market that are capable of removing 99.9% of particles. Our purifiers have filters that are rated higher than True HEPA, which is considered medical grade air filtration. Our main goal is to keep our patients safe.
Types of Tests
There are two different types of tests: diagnostic tests and antibody tests.
A diagnostic test can show if you have an active coronavirus infection and should take steps to quarantine or isolate yourself from others. Currently there are two types of diagnostic tests which detect the virus: molecular tests, such as RT-PCR tests, that detect the virus’s genetic material, and antigen tests that detect specific proteins on the surface of the virus. The MOST RELIABLE test is the molecular RT-PCR test which uses a deep nasal swab. It is usually the best option, because it will have fewer false negative results than other diagnostic tests. This is the test we perform at PrimeHealth Urgent Care. Most, if not all states are only accepting the molecular test in order to be able to travel into the state. As well, most, if not all colleges and universities; hospitals and most employers are only accepting the molecular test AND NOT the antigen test, which is an instant test, for emergency use only. We can have the results of your molecular RT-PCR test within 48-72 business hours.
Who needs to be tested for COVID-19?
Anyone suffering from the symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19 infection should be tested. COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. You may have COVID-19 if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
You and your loved ones may be symptom-free and perfectly fine, but it’s still important to limit and control your interactions with others, take the recommended precautions like washing your hands, and follow the guidance of your local health officials. If you or a loved one has any of the symptoms associated with the virus, then please inquire about getting tested. If the symptoms are life-threatening or if you’re not sure, then please call 911. We wish you good health, and we’re here for you if you need us!