COVID-19 Services


Convenient COVID-19 Testing

Concerned about COVID-19 symptoms or exposure? Need a test for school, work, or travel? CareCentral can help. We offer Rapid RT-PCR, Rapid Molecular NAAT, Rapid Antigen, and Lab-based RT-PCR. Read more below to determine which is the best fit for you.

Please note: 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.

Available Tests

Accula Rapid RT-PCR Molecular

The Accula Rapid RT-PCR test is a fast, portable version of the lab-based RT-PCR test. It’s a good option if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing flu-like symptoms. The test is administered as a nasal swab, and processed right on-site. Once the test cassette has been inserted into the machine, your results are available within 30 minutes.

  • Rapid RT-PCR test
  • Guaranteed same-day results
  • Accuracy and sensitivity comparable to or better than standard lab-based PCR
  • $180.00 self-pay only – no insurances

Learn more about the Accula Rapid RT-PCR Molecular Test

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

Rapid Antigen

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

Walk in registration is now available at all locations. Reservations can be made in advance to hold your spot in line:

 

Once you register, 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.

Antibody Testing

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.

About COVID-19

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.

Mother placing protective mask on face of her daughter. Coronavirus, Covid-19 concept.

COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Additional COVID-19 Resources