COVID-19 Rapid Testing in San Antonio
As the COVID-19 crisis continues in our local San Antonio communities, we -- here at Quality Urgent Care -- understand the need for COVID-19 testing that is faster and more readily available.
To meet this need, we are now offering COVID-19 rapid testing in San Antonio, these tests can provide results within 15 minutes from performing a simple nasal swab. Help slow the spread of the virus in our communities by doing a rapid COVID-19 antigen test at any of our clinics.
We want to ensure you and your families are as informed as possible when it comes to COVID-19 rapid test near me. Please review this page to learn more about the COVID-19 Antigen test we offer.
About The COVID-19 Rapid Test
Because COVID-19 is a new virus, testing procedures and methods have been struggling to keep up as the crisis continues to quickly develop across the country. While many are familiar with the standard COVID-19 tests, rapid testing has not been readily available until recently.
The FDA has granted emergency use authorization for a rapid test called the Sofia 2 SARS Antigen FIA from Quidel. As soon as this news broke, Quality Urgent Care began the process of offering these tests to patients at all 5 of our urgent care locations in San Antonio, TX. These tests are also available for local businesses, and we can provide rapid testing for your entire staff on-site.
Unlike the standard test, which can take days to produce results, the rapid test can analyze nasal swab samples and provide results in just 15 minutes. This allows us to test more patients who suspect they may have COVID-19 in a shorter amount of time.
WHERE CAN I GET THE COVID RAPID TEST NEAR ME?
Quality Urgent Care has been offering swab test (nasal) coronavirus testing in San Antonio for months as part of our ongoing efforts to slow COVID-19. With that being said, we want to stay on the forefront of COVID-19 testing to ensure as many people as possible can be tested in a short amount of time.
Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Tests are available 7 days a week in 5 locations throughout San Antonio: 281 N/Redland Road, Schertz, Potranco (1604 N), Pleasanton, and Palo Alto Road (I-35 South).
Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19 Rapid Test Near Me
Quality Urgent Care offers rapid COVID-19 testing from Quidel called the Sofia 2 SARS Antigen FIA. This touchscreen point-of-care system quickly analyzes respiratory specimens (or nasal swab samples) to detect proteins in the body from the virus that causes COVID-19.
The test can provide results in as little as 15 minutes and has been granted emergency use authorization by the FDA.
PCR (or molecular) tests are the most common COVID-19 tests used today. These tests detect genetic material from the virus, while an antigen test -- like the Sofia 2 SARS Antigen FIA -- detect proteins found in the virus that causes COVID-19.
Your doctor may recommend getting a PCR test if your antigen test results are negative but you or your doctor still suspect you may have a COVID-19 infection. The CDC recommends you stay in isolation if these tests are not readily available to you until you have met all 3 of the following criteria:
- 72 hours has passed and you have not had a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications)
- Other symptoms including cough and shortness of breath have improved
- It has been 7 days since the start of your symptoms
Anyone that would like to get a test can get a rapid test at Quality Urgent Care. All you need is an appointment. Will check if your insurance plan covers the test at the time of the visit, if it’s not covered we also have affordable out of pocket pricing.
No rapid COVID-19 test has been approved or cleared by the FDA. However, the FDA has made the Sofia 2 SARS Antigen FIA from Quidel available for emergency use authorization (or EUA), which means it can be used in specific circumstances to test individuals who suspect they may have COVID-19.
A positive test result indicates you likely have an existing COVID-19 infection. Testing positive means proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19 were discovered in your nasal swab sample. As such, you may be placed in isolation to avoid the possible spread of COVID-19 to others.
It’s important to note that, while unlikely, there is a chance the test can produce a !1-positive result. Your doctor will consider your test results and your medical history to determine the best route for care.
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 (!1 negative)in some people with COVID-19. This means that you could possibly still have COVID-19 even though the test is negative. If your test result is negative, your healthcare provider will consider the test result together with all other aspects of your medical history (such as symptoms, possible exposures, and geographical location of places you have recently traveled) in deciding how to care for you. It is important that you work with your healthcare provider to help you understand the next steps you should take.
While minimal, there are a few risks associated with the rapid COVID-19 test including:
- Possible discomfort (among other complications) which might occur during the collection of your nasal swab sample.
- Potentially incorrect (!1-negative or !1-positive) test results
The benefits of this test far outweigh the risks, however, and include:
Anyone who needs a rapid COVID-19 test near me can get one at any of our 5 urgent care locations throughout San Antonio, TX.
The test is covered by most major insurance plans. For those without insurance, Quality Urgent Care offers affordable self-pay options.