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COVID-19 Testing - Now Available
Rapid Antigen, PCR (molecular), Antibody - Testing
COVID-19 Testing - as low as $99
Here at Centinela MD, we offer a variety of tests
Rapid Testing: We use a swab to get a fluid sample from inside your nose. Test results are ready in about 15-30 minutes.
PCR Testing: We use a swab that goes inside your nasal passage to get a fluid sample. Test results are ready in a few days.
Travel PCR Testing: We use a swab that goes inside your nasal passage to get a fluid sample. Test results are ready in a two days.
Antibody Testing: This is a blood test that shows if you had the virus or were exposed to it. To get the test, schedule an appointment below
Rapid COVID Testing
PCR (Molecular) Testing
Travel PCR Testing
Nasal Swab vs Nasopharyngeal swab
We use the newer FDA (EUA) approved kits which rely on Nasal swabs and not Nasopharyngeal swabs.
This has added comfort to our patients.
Rapid Antigen Testing
The rapid COVID test is administered at the point of care by nasal swab by a medical assistant or primary care provider. The rapid antigen test can return results showing whether the patient is infected with acute COVID-19 the same day, as opposed to the 3-5 day estimated wait for most nasal swab tests.
The rapid COVID test reveals only whether the COVID-19 virus is currently present. It does not test whether or not the patient has previously been infected by COVID-19, or whether any other viruses are currently present. The test does not react to the presence of any other seasonal coronaviruses.
You should get a Rapid COVID Test if you:
PCR (Molecular) Testing
The COVID Molecular PCR Test detects the genetic material of the virus using a lab technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). This test can also be called a PCR test. A health care worker will collect fluid from a nasal swab. You will be able to see results in three to five days if sent to an outside lab. We highly recommend consumers against buying unapproved home tests. This may be inaccurate and unsafe.
You should get COVID Molecular PCR Test if you:
Travel PCR testing
The Travel COVID Molecular PCR Test detects the genetic material of the virus using a lab technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). This test can also be called a PCR test. A health care worker will collect fluid from a nasal swab.
Your results will be expedited due to urgency of flight. your will receive your results within two days. We highly recommend consumers against buying unapproved home tests. This may be inaccurate and unsafe. These unapproved tests will not be honored at your departure or arrival airports.
You should get Travel Molecular PCR Test if you:
The COVID-19 Antibody Test is a blood test that provides qualitative and qualitative detection of IgG antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 in individuals suspected of having COVID-19. After infection, the virus antigen stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies that can be detected in the blood.
Combined with the PCR Swab Test (see below), the COVID-19 Antibody Blood Test offers a valuable diagnostic tool in identifying infected patients. According to recent studies, the COVID-19 antibodies are not detectable before 3 days after onset of symptoms or at least 7 to 10 days after infection.
However, antibody tests can detect past infection because virus-specific antibodies can persist in the blood for several weeks/months after the onset of symptoms. Since the exact time of infection is often unknown, combining nasal swab and blood test can improve the accuracy of the COVID-19 diagnosis.
You should get a COVID-19 Antibody Test if you:
Question: Do I need an appointment?
Answer: We strongly encourage you to book your appointment ahead of time. At this time, we do not handle appointments over the phone. The information you provide during the registration process will be securely and safely stored on our encrypted servers and transmitted to our laboratories.
Question: Do you accept my insurance?
Answer: All PPO and Medicare Insurance can be accepted for the PCR and Antibody tests. Some limitations may apply. For the Rapid Antigen test with results in 30 minutes, insurances are not accepted.
Question: Is the sample collection painful?
Answer: No, the test will not hurt! Our test kits are validated for anterior mid-nasal collection, which means that the swab is inserted less than one inch into the nostril. This collection process is much more comfortable than the nasopharyngeal collection used in most hospitals and public testing locations.
Question: When should I arrive?
Answer: Please arrive to our testing site 5 minutes prior to your appointment time. If for any reason you are running earlier or later than your appointment time we will be able to accommodate.