COVID-19 Testing at Pulse-MD
How to Get Tested
We perform viral swab testing (rapid antigen and PCR) and antibody tests. For any type of Covid-19 testing, you must first schedule a virtual visit, as we are not swabbing inside of our offices. We have 3 drive thru facilities.
Follow these simple steps:
1) Click the “Begin Virtual Visit” link below to set up your same day Virtual Visit and enter personal & insurance info.
2) Once you book your visit online, a Pulse-MD team member will contact you with instructions… you’ll be video chatting with a skilled medical provider in no time via your phone, tablet, or desktop computer. NO NEED to download an APP! We’ll help you determine which test is appropriate for you.
3) Choose the testing location & time slot most convenient for you!
Ready to start? Begin Virtual Visit
- Viral testing is performed Monday through Friday, outside select offices. PCR swabbing is available M-F 9am-5pm. Rapid 15 minute testing is available M-F 9am-3pm.
- Antibody tests are offered during regular operating hours.
- Please confirm location and hours during your virtual visit.
- Hours are subject to change without notice and we recommend calling ahead of your visit.
- Due to high demand for COVID-19 Testing, wait times may be longer than usual.
Viral COVID-19 Test
A viral test is a nasal swab test that looks for evidence of an active viral infection. If you are experiencing upper respiratory symptoms consistent with those of COVID-19 (cough, fever, body aches, fatigue, recent loss of taste), a PCR or antigen test can help determine if you have coronavirus. A PCR test checks for the virus’s genetic material, while an antigen test looks for specific proteins on a virus’s surface. We offer both, including the rapid COVID test called the Sofia 2 SARS Antigen FIA by Quidel. This antigen test can produce results in as little as 15 minutes, and has been approved for emergency use authorization (EUA) by the FDA. However, there may be a higher false negative with the rapid test and we recommend also getting a PCR nasal swab to confirm results. PCR swabs are sent out to a national lab, and we ask all patients to stay in Quarantine until PCR results come back and are able to confirm results.
COVID-19 Antibody Test
Antibody blood tests, also called serologic tests, check for the presence of antibodies to coronavirus in the blood. It can be used to detect a past infection. IgM and IgG are immunoglobulins produced by the immune system to protect against COVID-19. The level of IgM antibody begins to rise 1 week after the initial infection, while the rise in IgG usually appears after 14 days. Elevated IgG levels can last for 6 months or even several years. By testing for the presence of these antibodies, we are able to determine if a patient was previously infected by the coronavirus. The test does not diagnose an active infection, nor does it guarantee immunity.
Our 5 Urgent Care centers are open 7 days a week to provide COVID-19 counseling and testing. Follow the instructions below to get started.
More About COVID-19
COVID-19 is a new virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019. It belongs to the same family of virus as the common cold, SARS and MERS. However, it seems to be more contagious than these related coronaviruses. According to current evidence, COVID-19 virus primarily spreads through airborne respiratory droplets, close contact, and contaminated surfaces.
Reported cases of COVID-19 range from mild illness to severe pneumonia that requires hospitalization. Older adults and immunosuppressed persons are at higher risk of complications. Some carriers experience no symptoms at all.
There is not a treatment for COVID-19, other than supportive care. Medical teams and researchers around the globe are working tirelessly to develop a vaccine and treatments. However, a vaccine likely won’t be available for another year. Until then, we will need to utilize wide-spread testing, quarantines, and social distancing to minimize the number of people who contract the disease.
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell