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COVID Testing

Our testing sites make it easy for you to receive testing for COVID-19 WITH NO APPOINTMENT. Results are typically available within 24-48 hours after our lab receives your specimen at the end of your testing day.
Increases in volume can extend turnaround times.

We offer nasal swab COVID-19 testing. No appointment needed!

North Carolina Covid Testing Sites: Mooresville/Lake Norman and Salisbury/Rowan

How Do I Get My Results?

NASAL SWAB

All specimens collected during the day are taken in-bulk to the lab once all testing is complete for the day.

Results are typically available within 24-48 hours after our lab receives your specimen at the end of your testing day. Increases in volume can extend turnaround times.

You will receive a HIPAA compliant text message that will include a link to view your results.

What Do My Results Mean?

My COVID-19 test indicates a positive result:

  • Most likely, you have an active COVID-19 infection and can pass the virus on to others.
  • If you have symptoms, you may discontinue isolation and return to work if at least three days have passed without symptoms, and at least ten days have passed since the start of symptoms. If you do not have symptoms, you may discontinue isolation after ten days have passed since your positive test was taken.
  • You will receive a text message with your result with additional instructions. The current CDC guidelines for quarantine should be followed for any positive result.
  • NOTE: A small percentage of lab results come back inconclusive and may require re-testing.

I have a negative COVID-19 result:

  • Most likely, you do not have an active COVID-19 infection.
  • You may return to work unless you begin to develop symptoms, or you have a known exposure to someone with COVID-19.
  • You will receive a text message with your result.
  • If your test shows a Positive IgG*
    • You most likely had a COVID-19 infection.
    • IMPORTANT: Currently, the CDC reports you may be protected from reinfection (have immunity) for a period of time, but this is not certain. Self-quarantine for ten days or until your PCR results are received.
    • Results will be provided within 15 minutes of the test.
  • If your test shows a Positive IgM*
    • You may have an active COVID-19 infection.
    • Recommended Action: If you have symptoms or have been exposed, we recommend a PCR test and quarantining until results are received.
  • If your test shows a Negative Result
    • You likely never had or have not yet developed antibodies to a COVID-19 infection.
    • If you are asymptomatic, you may return to work following proper personal protection, social distancing, and monitoring for any COVID-19 symptoms if you had known exposure, while awaiting your PCR results.

*Please review information pertaining to false negatives and positives associated with antibody tests.

Testing Costs and Fees

NASAL SWAB FOR COVID-19

Visits for evaluation for COVID-19 infection screening are covered by insurance, and copays, coinsurance, and deductibles are waived at this time.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is a Nasal Swab Test (Molecular)?

  • Nasal swab tests extract RNA to see if it matches the COVID-19 RNA.
  • Covered by insurance 100% in most cases.

What is a False Negative?

If you are tested before your body builds up the necessary antibodies to fight COVID-19, and you are tested only with the rapid antibody test, it is likely you will test negative. For this reason, we feel it is absolutely imperative to provide combination testing, utilizing molecular PCR testing (nasal swab) for early infection, symptomatic, and high-risk patients along with rapid antibody testing where it makes sense.

What is a False Positive?

There are seven known coronaviruses to affect human beings, one of which is COVID-19. Two others were SARS and MERS, which were not highly prevalent in the US. The other four coronaviruses are 229E, NL63, OC43, and HKU1. Although there is seemingly no reliable prevalence data on these four, these strains are likely more common and could be the reason for a false positive.

Additional Education

The Coronavirus pandemic is still an emerging event, and information changes frequently. Proper testing, protection, protocols, and following the current CDC guidelines is the best way to stay educated and protect you, your family, and those around you.

Why Should I Get Tested?

Key reasons to get tested include:

  • You are experiencing symptoms of a viral infection.
  • Exposure to someone with COVID-19.
  • Regular/close contact with someone at high risk, such as someone with a compromised immune system and/or elderly.
  • Personal concern for your health.

There is no out-of-pocket cost for the nasal swab test for COVID-19 at one of our testing locations. This test determines if someone has an active infection. Results are available in approximately three days by text message or email.

Note: Approximately 40% of people with COVID-19 do not show symptoms of an infection.

PCR Nasopharyngeal Swab

(testing for current infection)

Insurance and Payment Information

COVID-19 Related Visits:

  • Covered at 100% for most insurance carriers
  • Patients without insurance are covered by the CARES Act

Drive-Through Test Locations

Please see our current drive-through testing locations below:

Salisbury-Rowan

1820 W Innes Street
Salisbury, NC 28144

Monday through Friday
10 am until 5 pm

Mooresville - Lake Norman

224 Talbert Road
Mooresville, NC 28117

Open Monday through Friday
10 am until 5 pm

Contact Us

Drive Through Location Hours:

Monday through Friday
10 am until 5 pm

Closed Weekends

Text us at:

(980) 890-4472

Phone:

704-413-3080

Disclaimer / Key Points:

  • If you have symptoms or have been exposed, please quarantine until your PCR swab results have been received.
  • If you’ve had exposure, it is recommended to complete the 2019-nCov Symptom Self-Monitoring Log for at least 14 days from the date of exposure.
  • If you’re experiencing cough, fever, chills, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, loss of taste/smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, please self-quarantine until you receive your results.
  • Go to the Emergency Room if you experience trouble breathing, chest pain/pressure, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face.
  • No test is ever perfect. All tests occasionally result in false-positive results or false-negative results. Sometimes the results are not definitive. For this and other reasons, results are always reviewed by our healthcare professionals.
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