COVID-19 Testing Services in Thornton, CO
Rapid COVID-19 Testing
COVID-19 Testing Options
FAQs about COVID-19 Testing at AFC Urgent Care Thornton:
Q. What types of COVID-19 testing are available at AFC Urgent Care Thornton?
A. AFC Urgent Care Thornton provides standard PCR COVID-19 testing, Rapid COVID-19 testing and COVID Antibody testing. Patients that are at risk for a current infection benefit from standard or rapid testing while antibody testing is great to test potential immunity response to the virus.
Q. What is a Rapid COVID-19 Test? How does rapid COVID testing work?
A. A Rapid PCR test is a nasal swab used to detect an active strain of the COVID-19 virus. Patients that are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive should receive a rapid COVID test . A test works by swabbing the nasal cavity of a patient’s nose, and detecting whether or not they have an active case of the virus. Tests are then sent to a lab and completed
Q. What is a COVID-19 antibody test? How do antibody tests work?
A. A COVID-19 antibody test is a test designed to determine if a patient has developed immunity to the virus due to a previous infection. The test can return results for patients in a matter of 48 hours. Antibody tests work by taking a blood sample and analyzing the sample for the presences of antibodies, which indicate potential immunity to the patient.
Q. When should I get a COVID-19 test, rapid COVID-19 testing, or an antibody test?
A. If you believe that you have either traveled to a location with significant cases, made direct contact with an infected patient, or are symptomatic after meeting a confirmed patient then rapid COVID-19 testing may be useful. Patients that were previously infected and want to determine if they have built immunity to the virus should consider an antibody test. Patients can call to schedule either test type.
Q. What should I do if I have a positive result for COVID testing?
A. You should stay home and avoid contact with others. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the quarantine process and get enough rest. Monitor your symptoms to make sure you are getting better and stay in touch with your doctor. It is recommended to quarantine for at least 10 days after symptoms start.
Q. What should I do if I have a negative test for COVID testing?
A. Receiving a negative tests means your body did not show active signs of the virus at the time. If you start experiencing symptoms, get tested again. If not, continue following governmental guidelines, wash your hands frequently, maintain a distance of 6 feet between others, and wear a mask when in public.
Q. Is COVID-19 testing covered by insurance?
A. Whether or not you are covered for rapid tests, standard tests, or antibody tests will depend on your current insurance plan. Some insurance plans do not cover rapid testing. Please refer to our list of current, accepted insurance plans and determine whether your policy covers rapid tests.
Q. Where can I get either a rapid COVID test or antibody test near Thornton, CO?
A. AFC Urgent Care Thornton offers rapid COVID-19 testing and antibody testing for all patients near Thornton, Northglenn, Welby, Broomfield, and Westminster, CO Please call AFC Urgent Care Thornton for more information.
COVID-19 Diagnostic Swab Testing in Thornton, CO
AFC Urgent Care Thornton is able to perform COVID-19 diagnostic testing for patients who may be infected with the active COVID-19 virus, also known as the novel coronavirus. COVID-19 is an upper respiratory infection that has quickly spread worldwide since its initial detection in late 2019. Because of the recent age and wide range of symptoms associated with the virus, the only way to truly diagnose a positive case is by taking a swab test. AFC Urgent Care Thornton offers COVID-19 diagnostic testing to walk-in patients or by appointment seven days a week.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The symptoms of COVID-19 vary on a case-by-case basis. Many positive cases have been diagnosed in patients who have been asymptomatic, or have only exhibited mild symptoms. Other cases have been diagnosed in patients who have exhibited severe symptoms and required hospitalization. Symptoms develop between two and fourteen days after exposure to the virus, and patients should be tested between five to seven days after exposure. The virus is highly contagious and it is critical to continue following local and state health and safety guidelines in order to avoid exposure. Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Dry cough
- High fever
- Chest and nasal congestion
- Loss of smell and/or taste
- Shortness of breath
- Head, muscle and body aches
How does AFC Urgent Care Thornton test for COVID-19?
The COVID-19 diagnostic test is performed by taking a swab of the lower nasal cavity to collect a tissue sample. The test only takes a few short moments and is painless to the patient. After the sample is collected, it is brought to our lab where it is analyzed for traces of the active COVID-19 virus. Results will be returned to patients in 1-3 days depending on the capacity of the laboratory and patient volume.
COVID-19 Diagnostic Swab Testing in Thornton & Broomfield, CO
If you have recently been exposed to COVID-19 or have begun to exhibit symptoms of the coronavirus, visit AFC Urgent Care Thornton today for diagnostic swab testing. Testing is performed for walk-in appointments or by appointment seven days a week.