Rapid Molecular, Rapid Antigen, and Lab-based RT-PCR COVID-19 Testing
Concerned about COVID-19 symptoms or exposure? Need a test for school, work, or travel? CareCentral can help. Read more about available test types below to determine which is the best fit for you.
After a possible COVID-19 exposure, we recommend you wait at least five days before getting tested. The virus may not be detectable in your system in the early stages. If you have COVID-19, but get tested too soon, your result could come back negative, even though you have been infected.
Abbott Rapid Molecular
This Molecular NAAT test checks for a current covid infection by detecting COVID-19 RNA/Nucleic Acids. It can be used as clearance to return to work, or to detect the virus in patients with exposure or symptoms.
- Molecular NAAT test
- Same-day results
- 97.9% accurate when you are having symptoms or have had direct exposure
- If you have not had symptoms or exposure, the test may not be as accurate, and the manufacturer advises a confirmatory RT-PCR test
- $170 self-pay rate
Learn more about the Abbott Rapid Molecular Test
The rapid antigen test checks for a current covid infection by detecting proteins found on the surface of the coronavirus. The test is administered via a nasal swab, processed on-site, and offers results in under 20 minutes. This test performs best when patients are symptomatic.
- Rapid Antigen test (NOT molecular)
- Same-day results
- 80-85% accuracy
- Possible false negatives if you are tested sooner than 5 days after exposure. If you have symptoms and have a negative test, you will be asked to get a confirmation RT-PCR test. Additionally, if you have a positive antigen test, you will also be asked to get a confirmatory RT-PCR test
- $160 self-pay rate
- The following insurances will cover for Rapid Antigen testing if a patient meets testing criteria: BCBS, GIC-Unicare, Tri-Care, Tufts Carelink (Cigna), Harvard Pilgrim, and Medicare
Quest Diagnostic COVID test (RT-PCR)
This lab-based test is the gold standard for determining an active SARS-CoV-2 infection and will meet travel requirements. It is administered via a nasal swab and can directly detect the virus’s genetic material.
- Molecular RT-PCR Test
- 3-5 Day turnaround
- 97-98% accuracy
- $220 self-pay rate ($120 + $100 billed by Quest)
COVID-19 Testing for Airline Travel
Some airlines may accept the Rapid Molecular test for travel within the United States. For other airlines or international travel, you may need a lab-based RT-PCR. Please check with your airline to confirm requirements.
How to get tested
Online reservations are required:
Once you register online, we’ll reserve your place in line for COVID testing – until your estimated visit time. Wait times may vary, and are expected to be longer due to high patient volume. Wait times for testing could be up to 2 hours, but we are working hard to get everyone tested in a timely and efficient manner.
We also offer antibody tests to check for a past infection and potential immunity. If you believe you previously had the virus, and are now symptom-free, call us for a serological test. Antibody tests are performed in-office through a simple blood draw. We will ask you a series of questions to ensure you have no current symptoms of COVID-19 and that it is safe for you to be in the building.
SARS-CoV-2 is a new strain of coronavirus that was first identified in December 2019. It has caused a worldwide pandemic of respiratory illness, called COVID-19.
COVID-19 spreads easily from person to person, through droplets released into the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. COVID-19 symptoms can range from very mild to severe. It’s possible to have just a few symptoms, or no symptoms at all.
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell