COVID-19 PATIENT INFORMATION

Limited quantity of COVID-19 tests available. Online reservations are encouraged to avoid longer than usual wait times.

To learn about our testing options and how to book an appointment: Click Here.

COVID-19 TESTING OPTIONS

  Molecular (PCR) Test

  • Nasal Swab
  • Collected onsite and sent out to participating laboratory
  • Results:  Currently 5-7 days
  • Major insurance accepted

This is the most accurate form of testing. This tests for ACTIVE infection and detects viral genetic material (RNA). It is considered very accurate however, results are not immediately available.

*Rapid Tests are NOT sufficient for air travel/foreign country travel. Most airlines require the PCR test for travel.*

Reserve Your Spot or Walk-In during normal business hours for COVID-19 PCR send-off lab tests and COVID-19 Antibody Tests. *ONLY AVAILABLE AT OUR FRANKLIN AND BRENTWOOD LOCATIONS.*

Rapid Test

  • Nasal Swab
  • Results: 15 minutes
  • Cost: $150 Flat Fee *We do not bill insurance for rapid testing*
  • *You will not see a provider during this visit. If you would like to visit with a provider before testing, please schedule an urgent care visit for a Molecular PCR Test or Antibody Test.

This test will tell you if you have antigens for an active COIVD-19 infection. This is a great option for patients who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19; as well as patients who plan to visit family & friends, have an upcoming surgery, are preparing for labor & delivery, and employees who require a negative test result to return to work.

Rapid testing is ONLY available at our BERRY FARMS CLINIC.

Reservations only– no walk-ins.

Reserve Your Spot: CLICK HERE.

Antibody Test

  • Blood test performed onsite in our lab
  • Results: 2-3 days
  • Major insurance accepted

Antibody tests look for antibodies in your blood which can indicate PAST infection of the virus that causes COVID-19. 

Antibodies may be detected in the blood samples of infected patients 7–10 days after infection. This test does not diagnose current infections.

Reserve Your Spot or Walk-In during normal business hours for COVID-19 PCR send-off lab tests and COVID-19 Antibody Tests. *ONLY AVAILABLE AT OUR FRANKLIN AND BRENTWOOD LOCATIONS.*

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I be seen as a walk-in and what are your walk-in hours?

Appointments are not required, but we strongly encourage you to reserve your spot online. This helps us to better manage patient flow and supplies.

  • Franklin: (9am-9pm 7 Days a week)
  • Brentwood: (M-F 7am-7pm) (Weekends 9am-7pm)
  • Berry Farms: (8am-6pm 7 Days a week)
What are the COVID symptoms I should look for?

COVID-19 symptoms* include the following:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

*This does not include all possible symptoms.  We will update as information becomes available from the CDC.

How long should you wait after exposure before being tested?

We recommend waiting 3-5 days after exposure before having the nasal swab test performed. However, you can be tested immediately if you are experiencing any symptoms. It can take anywhere from 5-21 days (average one week) for someone to experience symptoms once exposed.

As for antibody testing, we recommend waiting at least 14 after symptom onset or confirmed pcr test days before being tested for COVID-19 antibodies.

Am I a good candidate for Antibody testing?

Patients who are currently experiencing symptoms will be encouraged to have testing for an active COVID-19 infection.

Antibody testing is not intended for use in individuals with an active COVID-19 infection, including individuals with symptoms.

All interested persons who believe to have been exposed to COVID-19 or have had symptoms in the past are appropriate candidates for antibody testing.

How accurate is the antibody test?

The antibody test kit we use is manufacted by Roche Diagnostics and is authorized to be performed and marketed by the FDA. The test is 100% sensitivity and has reported specificity greater than 99.8%. 

The FDA requires antibody tests to meet standards for accuracy. Our test is the most accurate available at this time. It does not differenciate between types of antibodies because there is unknown clinical significance. PUC does not use the Rapid Antibody test at this time due to concerns, or accuracy, of the available antibody tests.

Click here to learn more.

How do I get my results?

You will receive an email with instructions on how to access your patient portal. Once we receive your results, we will add them to your patient portal. 

Will this be covered by my insurance?

We accept insurance for the molecular PCR test and antibody test. We are not accepting insurance for rapid tests. 

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR INSURANCE PROVIDER AS COVERAGE FOR TESTING FREQUENTLY CHANGES.

How long will it take for results to be available?

Rapid tests are processed within 15 minutes. Turnaround for PCR and Antibody tests is 2-3 days. However, with higher demands this may delay results.

Can I order testing in bulk for my workplace?

Yes. Email info@pucclinic.com or call one of our clinics to learn more.

My provider told me that my antibody test was negative, what does that mean?

A negative test result with this test means that SARS-CoV-2 specific antibodies were not present in the specimen above the limit of detection. However, a negative result does not rule out current or active COVID-19 and should not be used as the sole basis for treatment, patient management decisions, or to rule out active infection. 

Patients tested early after infection may not have detectable antibodies despite active infection.

My provider told me that my nasal swab test was Negative, what does that mean?

A negative PCR nasal swab result means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in your sample. For COVID-19, a negative test result for a sample collected while a person has symptoms usually means that COVID-19 did not cause your recent illness.  However, This test result is merely a snapshot of the time in which you were swabbed.  False negatives are possible meaning there is a slight chance you still have COVID with a negative swab. If you had additional COVID exposures or have developed symptoms after the date your swab was collected, it is recommended that you return to the clinic for repeat testing.  

If my employer says I need to have the nasal swab to return to work, do you offer this test?

Yes and our providers can provide employees with a return to work note upon request with additional instructions regarding isolation guidelines.

Return-To-Work Guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/disposition-in-home-patients.html

For more information on the antibody test we are using click here.

Nabil Boutros, MD. and Jason Rubino, DO., two of our Emergency Room Physician owners give clarity about the test: