COVID-19: Testing & Updates
We’ve finally entered a new year, but the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Fortunately, with the approval of COVID vaccinations, there’s a sense of hope that we will be able to return to some semblance of normal soon. In the meantime, it’s still vital to take the necessary precautions that will help to keep you and your family safe, such as social distancing, wearing a mask, staying home when possible, and practicing proper handwashing.
The Latest in COVID Testing
If you have been exposed to the coronavirus, you would need to be tested to ensure you have not been infected. Because it may take some time for the virus to show up on a test, for more accurate results, we recommend you wait 5-7 days after exposure before getting tested. Of course, be sure to quarantine at home during this time just in case you are positive for COVID-19.
At Midwest Express Clinic, we use the PCR test, also known as a molecular test. This test is more accurate than rapid tests as it is specifically detecting the genetic material of COVID-19 through a technique called polymerase chain reaction, or PCR. During the test, a fluid sample is collected from the back of the nose by using a long nasal swab. After the PCR test is performed, you can expect to receive your results in about 2-3 days.
We do not do curbside testing, as we have opted to provide our patients with a much more comprehensive evaluation. If you are exhibiting possible COVID symptoms, our providers take the time to ensure you may not have a different type of infection, such as the flu or strep that could potentially benefit from treatment. We will also determine if you may require an x-ray or antibiotics.
Should you receive a positive test result, it’s important you follow the necessary steps to keep those around you safe. These include staying home except to receive medical care, separating yourself from others within the home, monitoring your symptoms, and more. In some cases, the length of quarantine has decreased from 10-14 days to 7-10 days, but your doctor will advise you as to when you will be able to venture out again. If you require a negative test before you are able to return to work, it’s important to note that it could take anywhere from 28-40 days from initial exposure, or the start of your symptoms, for the test to come back negative.
Stay Informed, Stay Safe
Our staff is dedicated to keeping our communities safe and informed during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have implemented protocols consistent with CDC guidelines to keep our patients safe while maintaining quality care.
If you require a COVID-19 test, please register and submit your ID and insurance information online prior to your visit. When you arrive, remain in your vehicle and call our office for pre-screening to determine next steps.
For more information on our current COVID-19 protocols, as well as a list of testing locations, visit our COVID-19 page.