COVID-19 Testing

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COVID-19 Testing services offered in View Park, CA

Confirming you have a COVID-19 infection is an effective way to prevent the spread of the virus to your loved ones. At Weekend Urgent Care, Amos Ladouceur, MD, and the team provide on-site COVID-19 testing services to determine if you’re infected with the virus. The providers offer both rapid antigen tests and PCR tests to confirm your diagnosis. They also use a certified medical lab with next-day service, so you don’t have to wait long for your results. Call the View Park, California, office to schedule COVID-19 testing or book an appointment online today. 

COVID-19 Testing Q&A

What is COVID-19 testing?

COVID-19 testing is a diagnostic procedure to confirm you have a COVID-19 infection.

COVID-19 is a viral infection from the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets that you produce when you speak, cough, or sneeze.

While many people recover fully from this type of respiratory infection, the elderly and immunocompromised can develop serious illnesses requiring hospitalization. Testing ensures you can take the proper measures to isolate yourself from others to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

When should I schedule COVID-19 testing?

You should schedule COVID-19 testing at Weekend Urgent Care if you are in close contact with a person with a known infection or if you develop symptoms like:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches
  • Persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath

The Weekend Urgent Care providers perform COVID-19 tests in the office to confirm your diagnosis. They can also recommend home remedies you can use to ease your symptoms or refer you for specialized care if you’re experiencing respiratory distress.

What can I expect during COVID-19 testing?

Weekend Urgent Care offers two types of COVID-19 testing and can determine which test you need based on your symptoms and medical history.

Available COVID-19 tests include:

Rapid antigen tests

Rapid antigen tests produce results within 15-30 minutes. Testing involves collecting a sample of fluids from your nose and throat to check for protein fragments of the COVID-19 virus.

PCR tests

PCR tests involve a nasal swab to collect fluid samples. The sample goes to a medical lab so that you won’t have results immediately. Weekend Urgent Care does offer expedited services from a certified lab to provide you with next-day results.

PCR tests are more accurate than rapid antigen tests because the lab checks for viral genetic material of the COVID-19 virus. Your body produces this material during and after an infection.

If your test is positive, you should isolate yourself from others for at least five days until your symptoms clear. You should also wear a face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others.

When your test is negative, but you still have symptoms, the Weekend Urgent Care providers may request follow-up testing for COVID-19, flu, or other types of infections.

Call Weekend Urgent Care to schedule COVID-19 testing if you’re experiencing respiratory symptoms, or book an appointment online today.