COVID-19 Testing FAQs at AFC Urgent Care Denver
Latest COVID19 Update: 10/28/2020
AFC Urgent Care Denver is here to inform our patients about the latest COVID-19 testing updates, COVID-19 related news, and information resources to help keep you informed. If you need testing please book an appointment online. If you’re looking for more information about the pandemic, then consult our latest video updates from our Medical Director, Dr. Johnny Shen, and the rest of the team.
Below are additional resources, links to latest news, and other helpful informational updates to keep you informed during this pandemic:
Q: What is the cost of COVID-19 testing?
A: Most insurances are covering COVID-19 visit but the cost of the lab depends on your insurance plan and the type of test completed. Those requesting rapid testing may have to pay an additional $50 at the time of service. All send out labs will be determined by your insurance company and billed separately by the individual labs.
Q: What insurances are accepted?
A: Most major insurance companies are covering the PCR testing and visits. Many of these insurances are not covering antibody or rapid antigen testing. Please contact your insurance for additional details regarding coverage per your insurance plan.
Q: How long does it take for COVID-19 test results?
A: COVID-19 Test results are usually available between 3 and 5 days from the date of your test. Some of these times may be extended due to the lab’s turnaround time. Rapid test results should be completed in 15-20 minutes.
Q: When should I be tested for COVID-19?
A: If you suspect recent exposure, allow at least 4 days to pass to determine if you are asymptomatic. If you start to experience symptoms, it is recommended to be tested 24 hours after your first symptom begins. To schedule a drive-up visit for COVID-19 testing, please visit https://afcurgentcaredenver.com/book-an-appointment/. Then choose “COVID-19 / Drive-up medical care” and follow the directions to choose your clinic location and time slot. If your desired time slot is not available, please look at future dates as our schedule may already be full on your selected day. We cannot test for COVID-19 through a telemedicine visit.
Q: How do I book a COVID-19 test?
A: To get a COVID-19 test, simply make an appointment for any of our Denver locations. Select the schedule appointment option and choose “COVID-19 / Drive-up medical care” to schedule your appt. if your desired time slot is not available, please look at future dates as our schedule may already be full on your selected day. We cannot test for COVID-19 through a telemedicine visit.
AFC Urgent Care Denver is committed to helping patients learn how to stay safe from coronavirus!
The nCoV-2019 Coronavirus is one of the most dangerous global health crises in 2020, which is now flagged as a major public health concern in the United States. When a disease or illness gain as much attention on social media as the coronavirus, then it is imperative to follow trustworthy updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and local healthcare officials.
AFC Urgent Care Denver is here to provide you with the best sources of information from our social media platforms, leading healthcare agencies, and frequent major media updates. Misinformation from unverified social media sources can cause patients to panic or participate in ineffective prevention methods. Use the following modules and links to learn more!
COVID-19 Testing Questions and Treatment Guidelines:
Patients must understand that certain medical guidelines and clinical criteria help patients determine if they need COVID-19 testing. The Colorado State Health Department suggests that all individuals consult a local healthcare provider before testing.
However, there are specific CDC guidelines for testing that can help patients determine the best course of care. Symptoms of coronavirus like sneezing, coughing, and fever are very similar to the common cold and flu. An urgent care center can help test for other diseases but usually does not provide COVID-19 testing for patients.
Healthcare providers will use CDC guidelines to determine if COVID-19 is appropriate for testing by a state-run testing center or hospital. The following guidelines include:
- Hospitalized patients who have signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 in order to inform decisions related to infection control.
- Other symptomatic individuals such as, older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions and/or an immunocompromised state that may put them at higher risk for poor outcomes (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, receiving immunosuppressive medications, chronic lung disease, chronic kidney disease).
- Any persons including healthcare personnel, who within 14 days of symptom onset had close contact with a suspect or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patient, or who have a history of travel from affected geographic areas within 14 days of their symptom onset.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about Coronavirus:
Coronavirus is a type of virus that impacts a patient’s upper respiratory system. Public health officials and the Centers for disease control name the strain detected in Wuhan, China as “2019-nCoV.” According to the CDC, coronaviruses are “a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS, SARS, and now with 2019-nCoV.”
A coronavirus is a special virus that spreads within a certain species of animal, which can cause significant respiratory trouble and incredibly harmful results within the same species. nCoV-2019 is an especially rare case of a coronavirus spreading from a foreign animal species to humans.
Symptoms of COVID-19 begin as any onset acute illness with coughing, sneezing, sinus pain, and congestion. However, patients with the virus soon develop extreme difficulty breathing and fatal respiratory symptoms.
Currently, multiple cases of the coronavirus have been discovered in the United States. Lately, cases of COVID-19 are surging across the U.S
The CDC and other government agencies are investigating a total of 8 million +potential cases in the U.S. Patients are advised to follow WHO, CDC, and public health updates as cases continue to climb.
Experts are currently determining when the virus is expected to slow down and how soon local governments can begin to re-open non essential businesses.
The state has reported multiple cases of COVID-19 and is also administering free testing through the city of Denver and state-wide. Currently, the state of Colorado explains that there have been multiple cases positive for nCoV-2019. However, the state recommends that patients should stay prepared in the event that the virus spreads due to international travel or domestic spread from other states. Here is what the state is doing to prevent the virus:
- “Testing for COVID-19 at the state lab, seven days a week.
- Providing information about the disease and how to report suspected cases to local health departments and health care providers in Colorado.
- Coordinating with local public health agencies to determine the need for monitoring, quarantine, or other restriction of movement and activities for individuals with travel history to foreign countries where community spread is prevalent.
- Ensuring health care providers know how to safely manage and collect specimens from people with possible COVID-19 infection and supporting hospitals and local public health labs in collecting and transporting those specimens.
- Working with local public health agencies, community health care providers, suppliers/distributors, as well as federal partners, to identify and mitigate potential shortages of supplies, medications, and personal protective equipment that would likely be used in the event of an outbreak in Colorado.”
Make sure that you follow CDC updates and local news organizations to learn if, and when, the coronavirus spreads to your local town or the state in general.
Public health officials want to make it clear to patients that routine hygiene and general disease prevention are crucial to lowering your risk of getting a coronavirus infection. In fact, Colorado’s Public Health Department outlined the key prevention methods which are similar to avoiding a case of the flu or common cold. Here are a few more specific prevention strategies for patients:
“As with other respiratory viruses, we recommend people protect themselves and others by practicing everyday actions:
- Clean hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Get an annual flu vaccine if you have not had one.”
If patients have any other questions about coronavirus prevention, then please call a local healthcare provider to learn the facts about coronavirus and disease safety!