COVID-19 Testing Available at Midwest Express Clinic
Rapid Antigen Testing Now Available! Learn more in the FAQ below.
Midwest Express Clinic is dedicated to keeping our patients informed during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, we are still open and seeing patients for preventive care, as well as offering COVID-19 testing and antibody testing.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, you may be at risk. Learn more about if you qualify for COVID-19 testing at MEC below.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Midwest Express Clinic is not currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine. We will provide more updates as supplies and information regarding the vaccine become more available. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Types of COVID-19 Tests
Midwest Express Clinic offers both the PCR nasal swab and rapid testing for COVID-19, as well as antibody testing at all locations.
The PCR nasal swab is the most accurate way to determine if the COVID-19 virus is present. Patients who need a test for work, school, travel will typically need the PCR nasal swab. For all others, Midwest Express Clinic offers rapid testing, which delivers results in 30 minutes and is 96% accurate!
Test Result Turnaround Times
COVID-19 test results are returned within 30 minutes for rapid testing and within one to two full days for the nasal swab test. In rare circumstances, it may take longer, depending on lab capacity.
Now offering Antibody Testing
Midwest Express Clinic also offers COVID-19 antibody testing, including rapid tests with results available in 15 minutes! Patients must be symptom free for 14 days to be eligible for this test. If you’re interested in learning more about antibody testing, you can do so here!
- Coronavirus: What You Need To Know
- Returning To Sports After COVID-19
- COVID-19 Testing: What Are The Different Types of Tests Available?
- COVID-19: One Year Later
- View Stats on the Virus
- Frequently Asked Questions (CDC)
- What to Do If You Are Sick (CDC)
- Illinois Department of Public Health Website
- Indiana State Department of Health Website
Frequently Asked Questions
How Is the Test Performed?
The COVID-19 test is swabbed through the nose. You may feel some minor discomfort and it may make your eyes water.
Test results for the PCR test are returned on average within 1-2 days. Test results for the rapid test are returned within 30 minutes. In rare circumstances, it may take longer, depending on lab capacity.
Do I Qualify For COVID-19 Testing?
- Anyone that wants to be tested to rule out COVID-19 (with or without symptoms)
- Anyone that has had any sort of exposure to COVID-19 (with or without symptoms)
- Any frontline or essential worker, or first responder (with or without symptoms)
- Any employee with an employer request for testing
- Anyone with an order for testing
If you do not meet the above criteria, you may still receive testing at our providers’ discretion. Please register online at your closest testing location.
WHICH LOCATIONS OFFER TESTING? What ARE The HOURS?
Testing is available from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Monday-Friday and 8:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday-Sunday.
Tell me more about rapid testing for COVID-19.
Midwest Express Clinic is now offering rapid antigen testing for COVID-19 at all of our locations!
This rapid test is the latest technology on the market and is 96% accurate. It is approved for emergency use by the FDA.
Test results are returned within 30 minutes for rapid tests.
For pricing information on our rapid COVID-19 testing, please view the additional sections below labeled “How Much Is The COVID-19 Test?” and choose the option (self-pay or insurance) that fits your situation.
Note: Patients using insurance cannot be tested using the PCR nasal swab test and the rapid test on the same day. We apologize for any inconvenience.
I NEED A TEST BEFORE TRAVEL. CAN I GET THE RAPID TEST?
If you are planning to travel and need a test, we recommend getting the PCR nasal swab test. The rapid test may also be used in some cases.
The rapid test is generally approved for domestic travel. For international travel, please check with the country’s travel advisory for testing requirements. For additional questions, we recommend calling one of our locations.
Airlines will typically require patients to test within 72 hours of their flight. We recommend verifying the guidelines set by your airline for the most accurate information.
Are You Offering the COVID-19 Vaccine?
We apologize for any inconvenience.
I have already been tested at an mec location. where are my results?
COVID-19 test results are returned within 30 minutes for rapid testing and within 1-2 days for the PCR nasal swab test. In rare circumstances, it may take longer, depending on lab capacity.
If your COVID-19 test results are negative, they will be emailed to you. You will receive a text message indicating when your results have been emailed to you.
If your test results are positive, you will receive a text with a link for a secure video call with one of our providers. Please click the link to start your telehealth visit. We do this in order to provide further education on COVID-19 management, instruction on the quarantine timeframe, and offer a note for work if needed.
You can also access your test results through our patient portal.
Please call the clinic where you received your test for any questions regarding your results.
I just need a note to return to work. can i get a work note?
Please note: you must self-quarantine for 10 days and show no symptoms before we can clear you to go back to work.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
What does direct exposure mean?
I may have been exposed, but i'm not sure. what should i do?
If you feel you have been potentially exposed, but are not feeling any symptoms, you can still get tested!
Please visit our locations page to find your closest testing center and schedule a same-day visit.
i have a cough or other COVID-19 symptoms. can I get tested?
Prior to your visit, you will be asked some pre-screening questions about your symptoms or possible exposure to COVID-19.
My symptoms have not stopped or have worsened. what should i do?
If your symptoms have not stopped, have worsened, or if you are having trouble breathing, please go to your nearest emergency room. If you feel your symptoms are life-threatening, call 911.
However, if you do not feel that your symptoms are emergent, please visit our locations page and schedule a same-day visit at your closest testing center.
If i come in to your clinic, how do i know i won't be exposed?
All Midwest Express Clinic locations have implemented protocols consistent with the CDC’s guidelines to ensure the quality and safety of care provided to our patients.
how much is the covid-19 test? (Self-Pay)
Rapid COVID-19 Testing
Patients interested in rapid testing will receive our rapid antigen test. Cost of this test for patients paying out-of-pocket is $120, which includes the test and an office visit.
Patients who need a PCR nasal swab test for travel, work, or other reasons will need to be seen by a provider. The out-of-pocket rate for all PCR tests, regardless of symptoms, is $175.
Note: patients who need work documentation, post-testing notes, or other paperwork MUST BE SEEN BY A PROVIDER.
how much is the covid-19 test? (Insurance)
For Patients Using Insurance
The cost of COVID-19 testing may vary depending on your insurance coverage. We recommend contacting your insurance provider for specific coverage and costs. Our office will collect a co-pay at the time of visit, if applicable.
Please be aware that all patients, regardless of symptoms, using insurance for COVID-19 testing will be seen by a provider. This means that an office visit will be billed out.
If you choose to use your insurance, we will not be able to reduce to our same-day, self-pay pricing at a later point. Patients cannot receive both the rapid and PCR test on the same day if they are using insurance.
Note: all patients who need work documentation, post-testing notes, or paperwork MUST BE SEEN BY A PROVIDER.
will my insurance cover this test?
We advise you to call your insurance provider directly to verify coverage and costs.
i read online that testing is free? Is this true?
Note: Government-run facilities may be able to offer testing at no-charge to patients; however, we do not know where these locations may be.