COVID-19 Rapid Swab Virus Testing

COVID-19 Rapid Swab Virus Test

Innovative Express Care Offers the Rapid COVID-19 Test

In accordance with the FDA guidelines, only patients who have COVID-19 symptoms or who have had a confirmed COVID-19 exposure may get the rapid test. 

Patients who are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or who have had a known virus exposure are eligible for the rapid test. We will also perform a PCR virus swab test to ensure accuracy. The rapid test we use is Sofia SARS-CoV-2 antigen FIA by Quidel, which we believe is the most accurate same-day test on the market. 

Coming from a hotspot, visiting family, or a suspected exposure alone does not warrant a rapid COVID-19 test. The FDA EUA given to the Quidel Sofia test we use requires that only patients who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or who have had a proven exposure, be given the test. Per the CDC, the PCR virus swab tests offer the most accurate results for those who are not experiencing symptoms. These tests provide results in 2-4 days. 

Insurance is now accepted for the rapid test. We also accept insurance for the PCR virus swab test and provider evaluation. 

Innovative Express Care accepts most insurance plans (PPOs, Medicare, and the Advocate hospital system HMO). If you do not have medical insurance, you may receive the COVID-19 virus swab test FREE under the (CARES) Act. Patients who have an insurance plan we do not accept, such as Medicaid, may self-pay $250 for the examination and COVID-19 swab test. If the patient also wants a rapid test, an additional $150 will be charged at the time of service.

Rapid COVID-19 results will be texted within 4 hours of the test and all will be communicated to patients by 8 PM on the same day of the test. The PCR swab test will be sent to a lab. Those results will be available in approximately 2-4 days.

How Reliable Are the Rapid Tests?

According to the FDA EUA, they have a 99.5% agreement with the PCR lab swabs. However, we do not feel as confident as those numbers (which were self-reported and a very small sample size of 209 patients to the FDA). We feel that they have more like an 85% accuracy (per our own data of over 20,000 patients). For this reason, we ALWAYS send the PCR swabs to the lab on every patient. This is because if you are positive for COVID-19 with the rapid, it could be a false positive. Likewise, if you are negative with a rapid test, it could turn out that your PCR is positive and you do have COVID-19. This is why it is important to continue to isolate even after the rapid if you are having symptoms.

After making an appointment, you will get a series of text messages confirming your visit. You will also receive a second message asking you to provide your address and photos of your insurance card and ID. PLEASE DO THIS, as it will reduce your wait time.

Appointments for COVID-19 PCR Swab Tests can be made here. IF YOU QUALIFY for a rapid test, you may request that test be done in addition to your PCR Swab Test when you arrive for your appointment.

Rapid Test

Flu Shots Now Available

Flu vaccines are now available to asymptomatic patients who come for COVID-19 testing. This is for your convenience. The flu vaccine is only offered as an add-on to our COVID-19 testing. If you only need a flu vaccine, please schedule an appointment at our urgent care. The vaccine costs $40 out of pocket or can be billed to insurance.

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