AFC Urgent Care Cheltenham is now offering COVID-19 rapid diagnostic testing through the Abbott ID NOW rapid test, a Nucleic Acid Amplification (NAA) test and also classified as a LAMP or NEAR test. By most definitions, the ID Now falls under the PCR umbrella of test types.
Results are available the same day via email. The Abbott ID NOW test is a molecular test, which provides more accurate results than most antigen tests that are available through competitors. The Abbott ID Now is one of the only rapid tests approved for travel to most destinations (please consult with your specific destination to confirm it is accepted). Rapid testing is available under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA and is performed by appointment only. If you have recently been exposed to someone who has been tested positive for COVID-19, most authorities suggest waiting between 3-7 days in order to get a more accurate result.
What should I bring to my COVID-19 rapid test?
Masks are required when visiting AFC Urgent Care Cheltenham for any visit. Your mask or protective face covering should only be lowered when requested by the provider who is taking the sample for your test. The sample is collected by taking a gentle nasal swab of the upper nasal cavity. While the patient will not experience any pain, mild discomfort may be felt. The sample collection only takes a few short moments.
How does the rapid test work?
Your sample is brought to our on-site lab, where it is inserted into a machine specifically designed to detect the presence of the active COVID-19 virus. The swab is combined with a chemical mixture that breaks apart the virus and determines if it is present in your sample. After the sample has been processed, the results are displayed on the device, printed and brought to a member of our staff who will contact you that day.
Symptoms of COVID-19
COVID-19 symptoms vary from case to case, with some patients experiencing few to no symptoms and others facing serious side effects that require hospitalization and ventilation. If you begin to experience any of the following or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus, you should schedule an appointment with AFC Urgent Care Cheltenham for rapid testing:
- Dry cough that will not go away
- High fever over 102 F that will not break
- Loss of smell and/or taste
- Headache, sore muscles and full body aches
- Nausea or vomiting
- Chest and nasal congestion
COVID-19 Rapid Testing in Cheltenham, PA
If you have been experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or been exposed to the virus, schedule an appointment with AFC Urgent Care Cheltenham today for rapid testing. Appointments are accepted Monday through Friday, with same-day results. Many major insurance plans are accepted; however some insurance companies require an out of pocket cost to the patient for a rapid test (send-out PCR testing remains free with most insurance if you prefer a no-cost option). To schedule a test, please click here.