COVID-19 Testing Information

Now Offering Rapid Testing At All Locations!

Update: We are currently seeing a 48-72 hour average turnaround time for the COVID-19 PCR results. Please check your patient portal to see your result status. Rapid testing available at select locations with more to come.

CareFirst Urgent Care now offers four forms of COVID-19 testing at all locations: the PCR (nasopharyngeal swab) test, the Rapid Sofia SARS Antigen FIA (nasopharyngeal swab) test, the Serum Antibody IgG (blood) test, and the Rapid Antibody IgG (blood) test. Please read below for more information.

*All tests are FDA EUA approved

PCR

Cost?
With Insurance: $0
Without Insurance: $100 (Cost of Visit)
How?
Throat and Nasal Swab
Results?
24-48 Hours after test arrives at the lab facility
Why?
Can show if you are currently infected with the virus

Rapid Antigen

Cost?
$125 (Insurance not accepted). $200 when combined with Rapid Antibody Test
How?
Throat or Nasal Swab
Results?
Within 15-30 minutes of test being performed
Why?
Can show if you are currently infected with the virus in the same day of testing

Antibody

Cost?
With Insurance: $0
Without Insurance: $100 (Cost of Visit)
How?
Finger prick, or blood drawn from vein
Results?
24-48 Hours after test arrives at the lab facility
Why?
Can detect if you were previously infected, and if your body has created antibodies

Rapid Antibody

Cost?
$125 (Insurance not accepted). $200 when combined with Rapid Test
How?
Finger prick
Results?
Same day results, under an hour
Why?
Can detect if you were previously infected, and if your body has created antibodies

What do these COVID-19 tests detect?

PCR (nasopharyngeal swab): This test will determine whether or not you are actively infected with COVID-19. Available at all locations

Rapid Sofia SARS Antigen FIA (nasopharyngeal swab): This test will determine whether or not you are actively infected with COVID-19 with results back in 15-30 minutes of test being administered. Our rapid testing is FDA and Emergency Use Authorization (EAU) approved. Available at all locations.

Serum Antibody IgG (blood): This test will detect if you’ve had prior exposure to COVID-19 and have the antibodies associated with the virus. For most viruses, a positive result means that you’ve had prior exposure to the virus and have some degree of immunity to a future infection. Because COVID-19 is a novel, or new, virus, it’s currently unclear whether or not a positive antibody result will provide immunity. Available at all locations.

Rapid Antibody IgG (blood): This test will detect if you’ve have prior exposure to COVID-19 and have the antibodies associated with the virus. For most viruses, a positive result means that you’ve had prior exposure to the virus and have some degree of immunity to a future infection. This test is FDA and EUA approved, with the results available 15 minutes after administered. Because COVID-19 is a novel, or new, virus, it’s currently unclear whether or not a positive antibody result will provide immunity. Our rapid testing is FDA and Emergency Use Authorization (EAU) approved, and available at all locations.

Do I need to make an appointment to receive these tests?

No, we do not accept appointments. COVID-19 testing at all CareFirst Urgent Care locations is walk-in only.

However, we do allow for the option to check-in online. This option allows for a shorter wait time when you arrive at a CareFirst Urgent Care location than if you were to solely walk-in. Information about checking-in online can be found here.

What criteria do I need to meet to receive one of these tests?

PCR (nasopharyngeal swab):  

  • If you are actively experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, such as…
    • Fever
    • Persistent cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Body aches
    • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • You are a healthcare worker, first responder
  • If your employer requires a negative test to demonstrate you are not actively carrying the virus.
  • If you had tested positive for COVID-19 and want to see if you are no longer actively carrying the virus.
  • If you believe you have recently (within the past 14 days) come in contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Serum Antibody IgG (antibody):  

  • If you previously had COVID-19 symptoms (Fever, persistent cough, shortness of breath, body aches) and have recovered after 14 days.
  • If you received a positive test result for COVID-19 and have recovered after 14 days.
  • If you believe you have come in contact with someone who had the COVID-19 virus.

How long does it take to receive results and where do I view them?

PCR (nasopharyngeal swab):  

We are currently seeing a 48-72 hour average turnaround time for the COVID-19 PCR tests. Please check your result status on our lab portal here.

When you are at one of our CareFirst Urgent Care locations, a staff member will show you how to quickly register an account with our lab. Once you’ve registered, the lab will send you an email to notify you that the results are available. You will log in and will see the lab report with your PCR (nasopharyngeal swab) test results.

Serum Antibody IgG (antibody):  

Due to a national increase in laboratory testing demands, please allow a minimum of 3 days to receive results.

When your Serum Antibody IgG (antibody) test results are finalized, you will receive a call from a CareFirst Urgent Care employee and be notified of the result. If you require a hard copy of those results, please notify the employee that you will either come to a location to obtain a printed copy or provide a fax number for the employee to send the results.

What platform do you use for testing?

Our PCR (nasopharyngeal swab) tests and Serum Antibody IgG (blood) tests are sent to our commercial lab partners.

For the PCR (nasopharyngeal swab) test, our lab partner uses a proprietary testing platform or the Thermo Fischer Assay, both of which have been granted an emergency use authorization by the FDA.

For the Serum Antibody IgG tests, our lab partner uses the Abbott Architect platform, the EUROIMMUN platform, the Roche platform, or the Hologic platform, all of which have been granted an emergency use authorization from the FDA.

For the rapid testing we use the Sofia SARS Antigen FIA rapid tests with results back in 15-30 minutes of test being administered.

What locations can I visit for these COVID-19 tests?

All CareFirst Urgent Care locations offer these two tests. To find the closest CareFirst Urgent Care location, please click here.

How much do these tests cost?

COVID Tests may be fully covered by your insurance. A copay or deductible up may be required by your Insurance Company but will not be required at time of service.

*We are not the direct biller for the lab testing and inquiries regarding any lab bills should be discussed directly with the lab partner.

For those without insurance, the cost of the COVID PCR and Antibody tests is $100 per test.

*We do not bill for the lab of these particular tests, and any concerns about lab billing should be discussed directly with the lab partner.

The Rapid tests are $125 each. These tests are SELF-PAY ONLY. You may also get a RAPID COVID and RAPID Antibody test for $200 when combined.

If you would like to submit a claim to your insurance company for reimbursement of a RAPID Test please email our Billing Department at meganf@carefirsturgentcares.com. We will give you an itemized receipt to accompany your claim.

Should I take any precautions based on my results?

PCR (nasopharyngeal swab):  

– Negative: We suggest continuing to utilize social distancing, quarantining, frequent and thorough hand washing, wearing a mask or face cloth in public, and all other CDC recommended guidelines.

– Positive: Stay home, quarantine yourself from others, monitor your symptoms, and call 911 if you have an emergency.

Serum Antibody IgG (blood):  

Regardless of your results, you should continue to practice social distancing, quarantining, frequent and thorough handwashing, wearing a mask or face cloth in public, and all other CDC recommended guidelines. COVID-19 is a new virus, and it is unclear if a positive antibody result offers immunity.

What Our Patients Have to Say

The Service here was fast and speedy.

“The Service here was fast and speedy. I have been to this Urgent Care a few times and have not had a bad experience. The first time I went for a Covid-Test and the second was for an Anti-body test. If you have been there before your info should already be in the system. That is what makes it fast. The staff is nice and right to business.”

Elizabeth T.
Great service

“Great service, competent staff, was able to walk-in with zero appointment and they exceeded my standards. Thank you!”

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“Got me in quickly. Very knowledgeable and efficient with my care, and Sarah and her staff I saw were all very professional with a great bedside manner.”

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