COVID Testing Information

COVID Testing Information and Resources

Testing by Trained Medical Professionals

Multiple testing modalities available

  • Lab-based PCR, Nasal Swab or SalivaDirect PCR specimen is collected for large volumes and sent to the lab to detect actively infected persons and asymptomatic carriers
  • Results expected in 12-36 hours
  • Options available for guaranteed same-day results
  • Rapid point-of-care PCR, Molecular and Antigen testing used for subsequent testing, when applicable based on RTW Physician recommendation and union guidelines

COVID Test Information and Resources

RT-PCR by nasal swab
(Lab-based)

RT-PCR by saliva
(Lab-based)

Rapid RT-PCR – Visby
(Point of Care – 30 minutes)

Rapid Molecular – Abbot ID Now
(Point of Care – 15 minutes)

Rapid Antigen – BD Veritor
(Point of Care – 15 minutes)

Information for Employers

Information for Healthcare Providers

F.A.Q.

I want to get tested, but I have a few questions...

Walk-in testing at RTW Health Services offers RT-PCR nasal swab testing for COVID-19 to determine if COVID-19 is currently present.

You do not need an appointment and no pre-registration is required, although it is encouraged to save you time. You will be asked to register when you arrive by texting #NEWPARISH to 81411. Please have your I.D. / driver's license and insurance information (if you have insurance) ready when it's your turn.

You do not need a prescription or referral from your doctor.

Patients with health insurance should not have any out-of-pocket costs, but should check with their health plan to confirm prior to testing. Please bring your health insurance card.

Uninsured individuals in the U.S. without health care coverage are eligible for zero cost under the HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program. Please bring state identification /driver’s license, and/or social security number if available.

I #GOTTESTED...Now what do I do?

Results typically come back in 24 Hours! Be patient and if you have symptoms, please self-isolate while you wait on your results.

Please email [email protected] if you have not received your results after 48 hours. Include your name, DOB, and the date that you were tested.

If the results return with a negative (not detected), it is highly unlikely that you have COVID-19. Several respiratory viruses can cause symptoms like yours, including the common cold or the flu.

If you were tested because you were exposed to a household contact with COVID-19, you should still quarantine yourself for a period of 14 days and monitor for symptoms.

The 14-day quarantine period begins once your affected household contact is isolated. If you are unable to quarantine yourself from your affected household contact, the 14-day quarantine period begins when the patient meets criteria to break isolation.

If your test result was positive (detected), this means the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19 was present in your test sample. Treatment of COVID-19 does not require an antibiotic. If your symptoms are generally mild and stable, please isolate yourself at home. If it becomes difficult to breathe, contact your doctor as soon as possible.

Per current CDC Guidelines, you should isolate yourself:
For a minimum of 10 days and
At least 24 hours have passed since your last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
All other symptoms have improved

Stay home except to get medical care.

Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis.

Separate yourself from other people in your home as much as possible.

Stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home as much as possible. Use a separate bathroom if possible.

Clean your hands often.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Do not share household items with other people in your home.

This includes sharing dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels or bedding. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.

Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, mask or the inside of your elbow.

Throw used tissues in a lined trash can; immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.

When seeking care at a healthcare facility:

  • Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).
  • When possible, call the healthcare provider before arriving.
  • Put on a facemask before you enter the facility.
    If possible, put on a facemask before the ambulance or paramedics arrive.
  • These steps will help the healthcare provider's office prevent other people from getting infected or exposed.

Detailed information about these steps can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website.

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