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COVID-19 Testing Options

Nova Health is offering COVID-19 testing at all Nova Health Urgent Care locations

COVID-19 Screening and Testing FAQ’s

What is Considered Direct Exposure to COVID-19?

People who have been in close contact/direct exposure with someone who has COVID-19 or
are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.

What counts as close contact?

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
  • You provided care at home to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

Steps to Take During Quarantine After Direct Exposure:

If you:
Have been boosted OR Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine in the past 6 months OR Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine in the past 2 months

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days
  • Test on day 5, if possible

If you:
Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted OR Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine over 2 months ago and are not boosted OR Are unvaccinated

  • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days
  • Test on day 5 if possible

If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home-Symptoms include fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19

When Should Testing Occur?

  • Testing should occur 5-days post-exposure OR
  • You develop symptoms

Antigen Testing:

  • Rapid tests are antigen tests, the COVID-19 equivalents of a rapid strep test
  • As with all rapid tests, there’s a balance between speed and accuracy
  • The characteristics of the antigen testing technology may infrequently result in a “false positive” in patients without symptoms.
  • To ensure testing accuracy PCR testing will be performed on all patients that are not
    exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms that have had a direct exposure

PCR Testing:

  • PCR testing is the most sensitive and specific test available; however no single test is 100% accurate

How to Get Your Test Results:

Rapid Antigen Test

  • If you receive a rapid antigen test, you MUST STAY at the testing facility to receive your results. If you need a copy of your results, please request one as you wait

PCR Test

  • You will receive your results via a secure portal within 2-4 business days
  • Login or create an account on the LabCorp patient portal at patient.labcorp.com

Quarantine Guidelines

Positive Test Result & COVID-19 Symptoms:

Regardless of your vaccination status the CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends:

  • Stay home for 5 days
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house. Stay home until you are fever free for 24 hours(<100.0).
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. 

We realize you are in quarantine, and your results are very important.
Please check the LabCorp Portal for your results. We will call all positives.

COVID-19 Test Results: What to Expect

Rapid Antigen Test

  • If you receive a rapid antigen test, you must stay at the testing facility to receive your results.
  • If you need a copy of your results, please request one as you wait.

PCR Test

  • If you receive a PCR test you will receive your results within 2-4 (dependant on volumes) business days.
  • Your PCR test results will be available via secure portal.
  • Log in or create an account on the LabCorp patient portal here.