Rapid COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing in Dedham & Norwood, MA
Rapid COVID-19 Testing
COVID-19 Testing Options
AFC Urgent Care Dedham is now offering the Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 test, a rapid molecular test that allows your physician to test a sample and provide you with results in 15 minutes. The test is available under emergency use authorization from the FDA. Rapid COVID-19 testing is available seven days a week to patients at AFC Urgent Care Dedham by appointment only.
Rapid COVID-19 Testing FAQs:
Q. What is a Rapid COVID-19 Test?
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.
Q. How does Rapid COVID Testing work?
A. A test works by swabbing the inside of a patient’s nose, and detecting whether or not they have an active case of the virus. Your test is then sent to and analyzed in our lab. Rapid test results are typically found within fifteen minutes of the test.
Q. What should I do if I have a positive result?
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?
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 rapid testing covered by insurance?
A. Whether or not you are covered for rapid 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. Are there other types of testing available?
A. AFC Urgent Care Dedham also offers COVID Antibody testing for patients who are not experiencing symptoms, and do not have an active case of the virus. The antibody test is used to detect antibodies in a patient’s system, and not for active COVID cases.
Q. Where can I get a rapid COVID test near Dedham?
A. AFC Urgent Care Dedham offers rapid COVID-19 testing for all patients near Dedham, Norwood, and Westwood, MA. Please call AFC Urgent Care Dedham for more information.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms of COVID are similar to symptoms of a cold or flu. It can be easy to misdiagnose yourself, so if you are experiencing any symptoms, be sure to get tested. Symptoms of the novel coronavirus can include:
- Dry cough
- Head and full body aches
- High fever of over 102 F
- Shortness of breath
You may experience symptoms that are not listed here. The only way to know for certain if you have COVID-19 is by getting tested.
How does the rapid COVID-19 test work?
A swab is taken of your upper respiratory tract to collect a sample for testing.
The sample is then brought to our on-site lab, where it is mixed with a specific solution. The solution breaks apart the virus, exposing its genetic material.
The agents used to create the solution ignore any virus present besides COVID-19, and recognize the specific genome in the virus. The genome is replicated from targeted molecules, which detects the virus.
After the test is complete, the results are delivered via a screen on the testing machine as well as printed. Results will be returned to patients the same day as they are tested.
What are the benefits of rapid testing?
Rapid testing allows patients to receive their results the same day, providing you with peace of mind and the knowledge of your COVID-19 status.
If you have a positive result, you should immediately begin self-isolating from others and contacting anyone you have been in contact with to get tested.
If you have a negative result, you should continue following local health and safety guidelines. This includes wearing a mask in public and practicing social distancing, maintaining a distance of at least six feet between yourself and others who do not live with you.
COVID-19 Rapid Testing in Dedham, MA
If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are exhibiting symptoms, visit AFC Urgent Care Dedham for rapid testing. Our center is open seven days a week with convenient hours to work with your schedule. For more information or to schedule an appointment for testing, please call 781-461-0200.