COVID-19 Testing at CareCentral Urgent Care
If you are experiencing upper respiratory symptoms consistent with those of COVID-19 (cough, fever, body aches, fatigue, recent loss of taste), or have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, a viral COVID-19 test can detect if you currently have coronavirus. We perform Rapid Antigen and PCR Molecular tests at all CareCentral locations. With a rapid test, results are ready in as little as 15 minutes.
Please be advised: The following insurances will cover for RAPID antigen testing if patient meets testing criteria ; BCBS, GIC-Unicare, Tri-Care, Tufts Carelink (Cigna), Harvard Pilgrim, and Medicare. All other patients seeking a rapid test will have to pay $160 fee.
*Rapid antigen test may have a higher false negative. Not to be confused with the PCR Molecular test.
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.
COVID-19 Antibody Tests
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.
COVID-19 is a new virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019. It belongs to the same family of virus as the common cold, SARS and MERS. However, it seems to be more contagious than these related coronaviruses. According to current evidence, COVID-19 virus primarily spreads through airborne respiratory droplets, close contact, and contaminated surfaces.
Reported cases of COVID-19 range from mild illness to severe pneumonia that requires hospitalization. Older adults and immunosuppressed persons are at higher risk of complications. Some carriers experience no symptoms at all.
There is not a treatment for COVID-19, other than supportive care. Medical teams and researchers around the globe are working tirelessly to develop a vaccine and treatments. However, a vaccine likely won’t be available until December, 2020. Until then, we will need to utilize wide-spread testing, quarantines, and social distancing to minimize the number of people who contract the disease.
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell