COVID-19 PCR Testing

UHealth Jackson Urgent Care is offering FDA approved COVID-19 antibod

we do the antigen/rapid test with results in 20 minutes. We also offer PCR tests (results in 48 hours). We should also make mention that flu and COVID-19 symptoms can sometimes be similar and that we also offer a rapid flu test to help rule things out. Link to the flu page. Antigen tests aren’t as accurate as PCR, but results are rapid and it’s cheaper.

Below, we could mention that if someone thinks they may have previously contracted COVID-19, we offer antibody testing (48 hour results). So it’s delineated between people who currently have symptoms or think they may currently have COVID-19 and those who had it and recovered or perhaps had contact with someone who had it, or just are curious about whether they had it previously without symptoms. It’s crucial that we direct questions to calling the UCC, but also that symptoms have to have gone away for whatever the CDC says in terms of antibody testing - you can’t develop antibodies until X amount of time after you’ve had it.

Antigen testing is not recommended for anyone who has had active symptoms for longer than 5 days. Those with insurance will likely need a physician exam and be symptomatic - insurance is only covering in cases where it’s “medically necessary.” Nasal swan would be done inside the UCC. Deductibles and copays would be collected at time of visit. For cash-paying patients, an antigen test is $60 and the PCR test is $150 - both done with a nasal swab being in the patient’s car and no doctor evaluation. We could still say they’d be given a brief evaluation because one of the medical staff will determine whether they’re symptomatic, how long they’ve had symptoms, etc.

COVID-19 PCR Test Vs. Antigen Test Vs. Antibody Test

The chart below can help you learn the difference between the COVID-19 PCR and antibody test.

PCR Test

Antigen Test

Antibody Test

Results within 48 hours

Results within 20 minutes

Results within 48 hours

Sample taken by a nasal swab

Sample taken by a nasal swab

Sample taken through a blood draw

Testing can be done within your car or inside the center

Testing can be done within your car or inside the center

Testing can be done inside the center

If someone has active symptoms, the test can be given to diagnose or rule out an infection

Not recommended for anyone who has had active symptoms for longer than 5 days

Used to detect signs of prior infection caused by the COVID-19 virus by measuring the level of antibodies in the bloodstream against the virus

PCR Test

  • Results within 48 hours

  • Sample taken by a nasal swab

  • Testing can be done within your car or inside the center

  • If someone has active symptoms, the test can be given to diagnose or rule out an infection

Antigen Test

  • Results within 20 minutes

  • Sample taken by a nasal swab

  • Testing can be done within your car or inside the center

  • Not recommended for anyone who has had active symptoms for longer than 5 days

Antibody Test

  • Results within 48 hours

  • Sample taken through a blood draw

  • Testing can be done inside the center

  • Used to detect signs of prior infection caused by the COVID-19 virus by measuring the level of antibodies in the bloodstream against the virus

Most Common
Questions

Do I need an appointment to receive COVID-19 antibody testing?

No, you can walk in to any UHealth Jackson Urgent Care center for COVID-19 antibody testing. UHealth Jackson Urgent Care centers in Country Walk, Cutler Bay, Doral, and Keystone Point are open 365 days a year from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and North Dade is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and closed on Sunday. No prescription required.

Who should receive COVID-19 antibody testing?

Individuals aged 5 and older who have been exposed to the virus or have had COVID-19 symptoms; it's best to wait a minimum of 14 days before getting tested for the most accurate results. Individuals who are still recovering from COVID-19, or who remain sick, should not be tested using the COVID-19 antibody test.

What does COVID-19 antibody test results mean?

A positive COVID-19 antibody test result indicates you may have previously been infected with COVID-19.

A negative result indicates you may not have ever had COVID-19. Not all individuals who have had prior infection may have a positive result with this test, including some individuals who are asymptomatic carriers and those with impaired immunity.

How long will it take to get COVID-19 antibody test results?

The COVID-19 antibody test results are generally available within 48 hours. Our provider will call you directly to inform you about the results of your antibody test.

How do I pay for my COVID-19 antibody test?

If you have insurance, your visit and COVID-19 antibody testing - including any copay and/or deductible - may be covered by your insurance plan. If you don’t have insurance, or if your insurance plan is not contracted with us, the cost of the COVID-19 antibody test is $70.

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