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.
Priority testing: For patients with time-sensitive needs, we offer RT-PCR testing with same-day results. Click here to learn more.
What should I expect when I come to the clinic?
While our waiting rooms are now open with limited capacity, we give you the option of waiting in your car. You may park in front of our clinic and text us at the number provided on the front door. A Sinai Team member will contact you when it is time for you to come in.
The Rapid, PCR, and Priority 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 1-3 business days. However, our third-party lab may experience high volumes at times 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.
What if I’m not able to log on to my Patient Portal?
If you are having trouble with your Patient Portal, try these helpful tips:
- Make sure to use the exact name you used when signing up with Sinai Urgent Care.
- Make sure you use the correct pin number and fully complete your patient portal account setup.
If you are still having issues with your patient portal, please call us and we will help you.
How much does testing cost?
Sinai Urgent Care is proud to accept all major insurance providers as well as Medicare and Tricare. 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. For a comprehensive list of insurances, please click 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: $189
PCR Testing: $229
Rapid + PCR Testing: $289
Antibody Testing: $199
Priority PCR Testing: $250 – Not billed to insurance
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 the proteins from the virus that cause 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 the proteins from the virus that cause 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 it 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.
What type of RT-PCR test do you use and how does it work?
Sinai Urgent Care utilizes the Xpert Xpress SARS-CoV-2 test, a rapid real-time RT- PCR test intended for the detection of SARS-CoV-2. This test has a 97.9% positive accuracy and a 100% negative accuracy. The Xpert Xpress SARS-CoV-2 has the same accuracy as major reference labs but is done in-clinic. The results can be accessed in your patient portal.
If you have a positive test result, it is very likely you have COVID-19 because the SARS-CoV-2 target nucleic acid was detected in your sample. Please follow CDC guidelines for isolation and care.
A negative test result means that the target nucleic acid was not found in your sample indicating you do not have COVID-19.