Sinai Urgent Care clinics provide diagnostic and antibody testing for patients with COVID-19 symptoms as well as patients without symptoms who are in need of a test. As part of each visit, our medical professionals will perform an examination to determine the best course of action.
What type of COVID-19 testing is available?
Diagnostic testing: For patients experiencing symptoms or possibly exposed to someone infected with COVID-19, we offer diagnostic testing which determines if you have an active infection of the virus. Sinai Urgent Care offers RAPID TESTING in our clinics with results in 15 minutes. If our providers determine it is necessary we will also conduct a PCR test that is processed at a third-party lab.
Antibody testing: For patients who believe they were previously infected with COVID-19 and recovered, we offer antibody testing.
What should I expect when I come to the clinic?
We kindly ask you to park in front of our clinic, remain in your car, and text us at the number provided on the front door. A Sinai Team member will contact you to personally coordinate your care. All patients will be asked to remain in their car until it is time for their visit with a Sinai provider. Our Dallas and Murphy clinics offer drive-up COVID-19 diagnostic testing and evaluation from the convenience of your car. If you have scheduled an antibody test, you will be asked to come into the clinic where we will perform a simple blood draw after a provider evaluation.
The Rapid and PCR diagnostic tests are performed by collecting a sample taken from the nose or the back of the throat. This is reported to be a mildly uncomfortable process that takes just a few seconds.
We are following strict safety protocols in our clinics, you can read more about that here.
How will I get my results?
Rapid diagnostic testing results will be given to you before leaving the clinic. For PCR testing we anticipate your results will be available within 3-7 business days. However, our third-party lab is experiencing high volumes and there may be additional delays outside of our control. Antibody test results are typically returned from the lab faster.
To get your results, visit our patient portal where you can create an account to view your lab results and medical charts. During your visit, our team will provide you with a unique pin number to complete your patient portal account setup.
- If your test result is POSITIVE: a Sinai Urgent Care provider will call you to answer your questions and direct you on the next steps for medical care if necessary.
- If your result is NEGATIVE: you will not receive a call from us but your results will be in the portal.
How much does testing cost?
For patients using in-network insurance, Many health insurance companies have stated that they will cover the full cost of any testing, including patient cost-sharing, for COVID-19. If you have questions or concerns about your specific insurance plan, it is a good idea to check with your insurance company to learn if it covers the test. Sinai Urgent Care accepts most major insurance plans and a full list can be found here.
For patients with out-of-network insurance or who are uninsured, Sinai Urgent Care offers Prompt Pay pricing for payment in full at the time of service:
Rapid Testing: $299
PCR Testing: $229
Antibody Testing: $199
What qualifications do I need to get tested?
Because it is possible to have COVID-19 and remain asymptomatic, we will test anyone for COVID-19 who wishes to be tested even if you do not have symptoms of the virus. We do not require a doctor’s referral.
If you believe you have been exposed, we recommend waiting at least 4 days before testing. For antibody testing, It usually takes at least 10 days after symptom onset for IgG detectable levels to be reached. This means if you take the test too soon after infection, the test will not be able to pick up on newly formed IgG antibodies and will give you a false negative.
What type of Rapid Test do you use and how does it work?
Sinai Urgent Care utilizes the Sofia SARS Antigen FIA test, which is authorized by the FDA. Antigen tests are designed to detect proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19 in respiratory specimens such as nasal or oral swabs. This test is run in our clinic while you wait and takes about 15 minutes.
If you have a positive test result. It is very likely that you have COVID-19 because proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19 were found in your sample. A negative test result means that proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19 were not found in your sample.
It is possible for this test to give a negative result that is incorrect (false negative) in some patients with COVID-19. This means that you could possibly still have COVID-19 even though the test result was negative. If your test result is negative, the provider will consider the test result together with all other aspects of your medical history (such as symptoms, possible exposures, and travel history) in deciding how to care for you. If the provider deems necessary, a second swab will be collected and sent to an outside lab for PCR testing.
What is an antibody test and how does it work?
Antibody IgG testing is an FDA authorized test that checks a sample of a person’s blood to look for IgG antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. These antibodies are produced when someone has been infected, so a positive result from this test indicates that the person was previously infected with the virus and recovered from it. The test is performed using a blood draw which we send to a third-party lab for analysis.
A positive IgG antibody test result indicates that you were previously or are currently infected with COVID-19. However, the virus has not been around long enough to fully study and there is not enough evidence to say that you are immune from the virus. Scientists are currently conducting research to answer these questions.