What is Rapid COVID-19 Testing?

Rapid COVID-19 Testing is coming to AFC Urgent Care Tampa in October 2020. Until then we offer standard PCR testing and antibody testing. Learn more about our current testing capabilities under “coronavirus FAQ” in the menu. 

AFC Urgent Care Tampa understands that COVID-19 testing is a major need for all Florida residents. The number of coronavirus cases nationally current totals 4.78 million (As of 8-4-2020) and cases in Florida are surging to 497,000, which requires more abundant and faster testing needs.

Patients are expected to go back to work in some communities as schools and other public services begin to reopen at increased capacities. Social distancing, testing, frequention self-prevention, and minimizing contact with strangers all help to reduce the spread of infection. But the demand for testing is overwhelming most healthcare providers.

To meet new demand, AFC Urgent Care Tampa is offering rapid COVID-19 testing for patients so that they can get their test results in just a few minutes. A rapid test is able to detect an active COVID-19 infection in just a few minutes without having to wait several days for results.

Patients may have heard of rapid testing for coronavirus but are not sure about specific details: cost, access, actual speed of test, and where they can get tested. Below, we’ll dive into some of the basics and then provide a flushed out FAQ for patients.

Rapid COVID-19 Testing Basics

Rapid testing is just like a standard swab test but is able to produce results for patients in just a few minutes. Rapid tests detect the presence of an active COVID-19 infection via a nasal swab while antibody tests, conversely, detect a patient’s immunity to the virus.

The industry standard rapid coronavirus test, the Abbott ID NOW, is used at AFC Urgent Care Tampa. The Abbott test provides positive results in as little as 5 minutes while negative results come back in as little as 15 minutes.

Patients that need to come in for the rapid test at AFC Tampa just need to book an appointment in advance. A provider team will then help you get your test results in just a few minutes on the day of your visit. Due to high demand, we will try and fit your appointment in as soon as a slot is open.

Rapid COVID-19 tests may not be fully covered by private insurance, as well as Medicare and Medicaid insurance. However, some insurers may soon re-evaluate COVID-19 tests for their health plan members based on recent industry reports. Consult your health plan administrator if you are not sure about your current benefits package.

COVID-19 tests are available at urgent care centers, hospitals, and other ancillary medical offices. However, many providers that don’t have the experience of treating many patients in clinic settings get overwhelmed easily. That is why we suggest going to AFC Urgent Care Tampa for more accessible and professional COVID-19 rapid testing!