COVID-19 Rapid Test FAQ

Q: How does the COVID-19 rapid test process work at AFC? 

A: Getting your rapid test is a quick and easy process:

No Appointment is needed.

  1. On the day of your rapid test please make sure you have insurance and ID ready and register at the front desk.  If you are uninsured you must provide your social security number and ID to qualify for the federal program
  2. An AFC provider will perform and evaluation and a staff member will perform the test.
  3. Results will be provided as soon as they are available typically within 20-30 minutes.
  4. Please note there is limited availability per hour and you may experience a wait depending on the number of people requesting testing.

 On the day you would like to be tested please register at the front desk, staff will verify information and triage.

Q:  What if my family or more than 1 person needs a rapid test?

A:  You must register for each family member who needs a rapid test so that we can register it  in our health record system separately.

Q: I would like to have my rapid test on a specific day. Is that possible?

A: Come in for your Rapid test when convenient for you.

Q:  Why can’t I be tested close to closing?

A:  We have a limited supply of rapid tests in each center and available for the day.    If you are coming for a Rapid test after 6pm please call the center to verify testing is still being offered for the day.

Q: I am traveling and need my results asap!

A:  Please check with the airline you are traveling or the country you are traveling to ensure the Abbott ID Now is an accepted form of testing.    The Abbott ID Now is a molecular test that is a PCR equivalent.   

Q:  How much does rapid testing cost?

A:  Currently your insurance carrier is covering the cost of testing.

Q: What if I do not have insurance?

A:  AFC Urgent Care participates in a federal program to cover the cost of testing.  You must truly be uninsured or not be covered under another policy to qualify.   You will be asked to provide your social security number and a government issued ID (i.e. Drivers License, Passport etc)

Q:  Can I pay out of pocket?

A:  Yes you can.  Please call the center and we can take care of you immediately

Q: How does the AFC Urgent Care Rapid Test work? 

A: We have partnered with Abbott Labs using their ID Now diagnostic system, the Gold Standard in rapid testing utilized by the federal government. Abbott Labs is a leading FDA approved laboratory, with emergency use authorization from the FDA to administer the COVID-19 Rapid test. The ID NOW is a lightweight and portable instrument (the size of a toaster),  a molecular test which detects genetic material, and allows testing to occur on site in order to get rapid results. The ID NOW system processes a specimen in 15 minutes, which enables us to get you your results delivered to you within 30 minutes

Q:  What do I do on the day of testing?

A:  Please register at the front desk by filling out the registration forms and providing insurance and ID information.   Once registered, a member of our team will contact you and direct you to the area that we perform the rapid testing.   The Results are available within 30 minutes after the test has been completed.

Q: Is this a nasal swab test? 

A: Yes. It is a non-invasive sample taken from the lower area of the nasal canal and we are as gentle as possible!

Q: Is the COVID-19 NAAT test and the PCR test the same test?

A: Yes. A Nucleic Acid Amplification Test, or NAAT, is a type of viral diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2. A PCR test through nasal or throat swab is the most common NAAT technique for detecting specific nucleic acid in a sample.

Q: How long will it take to get results? 

A:  You won’t have to wait long for results. You’re welcome to wait right in your car where a member of our staff will come to you with your lab results and your report and answer any remaining questions you may have within 30 minutes

Q: How effective are the results of the rapid test? 

A: The Abbott ID Now is the gold standard of rapid testing utilized by the federal government, the airline industry and many institutions.  The detailed information can be found here.

Q: Do I need to be displaying symptoms in order to get the test?

A:  No, you do not need to be displaying symptoms in order to be tested or to get accurate results.    If you have been exposed we suggest waiting 48-72 hours or longer for higher accuracy of the test.

Q: If I get the rapid test do I still need to wear a mask, wash hands often and social distance? 

A: A negative result is not a free get out of jail card, and does not discount you from maintaining safety precautions, as the test results are only effective up until the time of testing. Please continue to take normal precautions following the test and follow the CDC guidelines

Q: Are these COVID-19 rapid tests sufficient to use as proof of a negative test for employers? 

A: Many employers have backed the Abbott ID Now as the system of choice but we recommend checking with your employer or agency. 

  • AFC Urgent Care reserves the right to update this information as new information emerges.