For patients who are showing symptoms of Covid-19 or believe they may have been in contact with someone carrying the virus, WellCare Urgent Care now offers fast, effective Covid-19 tests. In order to prevent exposure to our other patients and staff, we have specific procedures in place for Covid-19 tests. After you schedule an appointment, you can expect the following from a WellCare Urgent Care Covid-19 test.
The PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test is a test for active Covid-19 infection. This test consists of a nasal and mouth swab, and is overall similar to a flu test. After your nose and mouth have been swabbed, the genetic material on the swabs is sent to a lab for testing, where they screen for the virus.
Generally, results from the nasal swab tests are returned within 48 hours.
Because PCR tests check for active infection, it’s important to have the test if you believe you have been in contact with someone who has or had the Covid-19 virus, as it is possible to be an asymptomatic carrier. This will allow you to isolate and protect others if your tests are positive.
Higher-risk workers, including essential workers, healthcare workers, and first responders, should also have the test even if they are asymptomatic.
Those with Covid-19 symptoms can also undergo the PCR test. Covid-19 symptoms include:
- Shortness of Breath
- Persistent Cough
- Body aches
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
- Rashes on the toes or feet
Antibody tests are blood tests which check for Covid-19 antibodies, which indicate that you have already had the virus but have recovered. While it is not yet certain that you cannot become re-infected, it is believed that those with Covid-19 antibodies present are safer from becoming infected with or passing on the virus. This is especially useful information for healthcare workers.
Covid-19 antibody tests are intended for those who previously tested positive for the virus, have since recovered. It can also be administered to those who were not tested for the virus but had its symptoms and have since recovered. In both of these cases, patients should wait at least 14 days after first experiencing symptoms to have the antibody test.
Antibody tests are also recommended for those who are asymptomatic but believe they have had contact with someone who was infected with Covid-19.
Patients who wish to schedule an appointment for Covid-19 testing should first set up a virtual appointment with WellCare Urgent Care, so that our staff may review your symptoms, discuss your health history, and determine any possible exposures you may have had to the virus. When this is complete, we will set up a specific appointment time for your testing.
Covid-19 testing is completed from your car. When you arrive, we ask that you stay in your car and wait for our team to meet you there and administer your test safely.