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COVID-19 (SARS-COV-2) testing: info sheet_FAQ

COVID-19 PCR (Molecular) & Antibody Testing Now Available 7 Days a Week

Helping Communities get Back to Work and School

Last updated: August 24, 2020*

 

 

Update- July 15 2020:
Due to recent surge in COVID-19 cases all across the country, our lab partners are taking 3-6 business days to report the test results on COVID-19 tests. We will update any changes in these test reporting times.

COVID-19 PCR (molecular) and Antibody testing is now available at all Hometown’s locations (listed below). COVID-19 PCR is recommended for patients with symptoms (fever, chills, sore throat, muscle ache, persistent cough).  COVID-19 testing may require in-clinic evaluation by Hometown Providers.  PCR testing results are generally available within 48 hours. (*See July 15th update above)  Antibody is recommended to asymptomatic patients and results are available in 3-5 business days.  You do not need an order from your Primary Care Physician for testing at Hometown as Hometown providers will evaluate and counsel you about the tests and results. If you have symptoms you should call your local Hometown Urgent Care location and follow our clinical team’s guidance.

While all insurances are covering COVID-19 tests, deductible or co-insurance may apply.  Please check with your insurance company about your coverage for COVID-19 tests.
In addition, any uninsured patients may be eligible to have the cost of their test covered by Medicaid under the CARES act.

Since health and safety of our patients is our TOP PRIORITY at Hometown, we are taking COVID-19 safety precautions including sanitizing waiting rooms and clinical areas, practicing social distancing in waiting rooms, giving ways to SKIP THE WAITING room including call-in appointments and waiting in the parking lot option. So please feel safe and visit Hometown clinics for your healthcare needs.

Please review the following FAQ for COVID-19 testing for more information.

TYPE AND USE OF TESTS

Hometown Urgent Care currently offers two forms of COVID-19 testing at their locations – the PCR(Molecular) COVID-19 testing and Antibody COVID-19 testing. The PCR-Molecular (Nasal Swab) tests are offered at designated locations, and the Antibody tests are offered at all Hometown locations.

PCR (Nasal Swab): This test will detect if you are ACTIVELY infected/sick with the COVID-19 virus.

Antibody IgM/IgG (Blood Test): This test will detect if you had prior exposure to COVID-19 and have built an antibody for the virus. This test is not indicated for diagnosis. As COVID-19 is a novel (new) infection, it is unclear, if a positive antibody test definitively indicates immunity. For other similar viral illness, presence of IgG antibodies does confer immunity. Most experts agree it will, however more research and studies are needed to confirm if this is true for COVID-19.

CRITERIA FOR TESTING

PCR-Molecular (Nasal Swab):   If you are symptomatic i.e. actively experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Body aches
  • Muscle pain
  • Loss of smell/taste
  • Sore Throat

Antibody Test (Blood Test): This test is recommended for asymptomatic person. Antibody tests give the best results if either of the following criteria are met:

  • If you previously had COVID-19 symptoms (see above) and have recovered after 21 days.
  • If you had a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 and have recovered after 21 days.
TEST ADMINISTRATION

PCRMolecular Test (Nasal Swab): Administered via a nasopharyngeal (nasal) swab. An additional oral swab or sputum sample may be done. If you have COVID-19 symptoms you should call a Hometown Clinic and follow guidelines given by Hometown team. Please visit www.hometownurgentcare.com to find COVID-19 testing sites.

Antibody COVID-19 Test (Blood Test): Administered via a blood draw which is sent to our lab partners for analysis.

HOW LONG FOR RESULTS

Update – July 15 2020:
Due to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases all across the country, our lab partners are taking 3-6 business days to report the test results on COVID-19 tests.  We will update any changes in these test reporting times.

PCR (Nasal Swab): Generally, it will take 48 hours to receive your results. (*See July 15 update above) You will be notified by phone of your test results, whether they are positive or negative.

Antibody Test (Blood): Results are typically returned in 3-5 business days. Our staff will call and notify you of your results when lab returns.

HOMETOWN LOCATIONS FOR TESTING

Antibody testing is available at all 36 Hometown locations.

PCRMolecular tests are available at the following locations:

Dayton:

Columbus:

Cleveland:

NE Ohio:

Cincinnati:

Michigan:

COST OF TESTS

PCR-Molecular Test – While all insurances are covering these COVID-19 tests, deductible or co-insurance may apply. Please check with your insurance company about your coverage for COVID-19 tests.

In addition, any uninsured patients may be eligible to have the cost of their test covered by Medicaid under the CARES act.

Antibody Test:

For Urgent Care patients, the Antibody test is billed to patients by LabCorp. Hometown charges Copay/self-pay rates for visit/administering the test.

For Employers, please reach out to Hometown’s Account Executives for pricing.

For additional questions about coverage and costs, please call your local Hometown center.

PRECAUTIONS WHILE WAITING FOR RESULTS

PCR (Nasal Swab): Follow provider instructions, stay at home and selfquarantine while you await your results. Refrain from going in public places and separate from family members.

Antibody COVID-19 (Blood Test): Regardless of your results, you should continue to exercise universal precautions such as social distancing, frequent hand washing, wearing of a mask or face cover in public, and other CDC recommendations for the general public. Remember, COVID-19 is a new infection, and it is unclear if a positive antibody definitively offers immunity.

WHAT IF I TEST POSITIVE

PCR (Nasal Swab): You need to stay home unless you have a medical emergency. You are considered contagious until you have met ALL 3 of the following criteria:

  • At least 10 days from onset of symptoms
  • Fever free for at least 3 days without fever reducing medications (ex. Tylenol, Advil, Ibuprofen)
  • Your respiratory symptoms (cough, nasal congestion etc.) have decreased

 If at any point in time your symptoms worsen especially shortness of breath or chest pain, YOU MUST SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY. You should let the ER or EMS (ambulance, police etc.) know that you have tested positive for COVID-19 to allow them to take the appropriate precautions

 Antibody Testing: If you test positive for IgG ONLY and you have no symptoms, this usually means you have recovered from COVID-19. In this case, and you should not be contagious to others. As stated above, you should continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC including social distancing (6 ft), adequate hand-washing and wearing a cloth mask in public.

TESTING AUTHORIZATION AND DISCLAIMER

Our Lab Partners (Diatherix and LabCorp) performing PCR testing are operating under FDA Emergency Use Authorizations.

A Negative test does not rule out COVID-19 (SARS-COV-2) infection, particularly in those who have been in contact with Virus. A Positive molecular and/or antibody test does not guarantee immunity against future infections from COVID-19 (SARS-COV-2) virus.

Results from Antibody testing should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude COVID-19 (SARS-COV-2) infection.

*This document is subject to change since the information and research on COVID-19 (SARS-COV-2) is constantly evolving. Hometown strives to keep their guidelines and procedures up to date based on evidenced based medicine, including but not limited to recommendations of the CDC and WHO.