COVID-19 Testing at Pulse-MD
Are you concerned about COVID-19 symptoms or exposure? Do you need a test for travel, school and work? Or, are you wondering if you’ve developed antibodies? Pulse-MD Urgent Care can help. We perform rapid antigen, molecular PCR, and antibody tests at our 5 Hudson Valley locations.
How to get a test:
To obtain a viral test (PCR or Rapid Antigen), you must first complete a quick virtual screening. If you meet the criteria, the provider will order your COVID-19 test and clear you to proceed to the testing site.
For Antibody testing, you can simply walk in to the location nearest you. No virtual screening required.
Schedule a virtual screening now. Choose the location for your test:
- 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. Just walk in.
- Please confirm location and hours during your virtual visit.
- Please note that our 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.
- We currently accept insurance for Virtual Visits/Telehealth. There is no out-of-pocket expense for COVID19 diagnosis or testing. There may be co-pays for regular virtual visit as per your insurance plan. **Please inquire with your insurance company.
Types of Tests
Viral COVID-19 Tests
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.
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.
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. As of 2021, there are now authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Right now, supplies are limited, but production and availability will increase over the spring. The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as large enough quantities are available. Until then, we will need to utilize wide-spread testing, quarantines, and social distancing to stop this pandemic.
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell