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Covid-19 Antigen or PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests can detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19 infection. Although some travel destination will accept Antigen test results, most people will need the PCR test for travel purposes.
The Covid-19 Antigen test is quick and takes about 20 minutes to get results at Bridge To Life Clinical Consultants (BTLCC). Covid-19 PCR test typically gets sent to a laboratory and results are delivered within 72 hours after testing. But there is good news - you can have your PCR test results in as little as 1 hour!
Covid-19 Antibody test detects the antibodies produced by the body when a person becomes infected with the virus or after getting vaccinated. Antibodies are proteins made by the immune system to help fight infection and protect the body against future infections.
At BTLCC we also offer the Rapid antibody testing. This test is recommended if you had known covid infection or suspected you have had the illness in the past and if you have some protection against the virus that causes Covid-19 illness. You get your results in 15 minutes after testing.
We recognize the difficulty of traveling during this pandemic, we are putting into place solutions to relieve you from the stress of travelling. In addition to our 20 minutes Rapid Covid Antigen test, we now offer same day travel PCR test and results with a QR Code directly to your email and mobile device. We are aware that some airlines require a QR Code, we do not want you to second guess as such we give you all the options upfront. You get a QR Code to make your airport Covid screening process a smooth experience. Your test results will be ready in 1 hour and cost is $159. Note please that this is an out-of-pocket payment (no insurance).
If you have been exposed to Covid-19 and not vaccinated or up to date on your vaccination CDC guidelines recommends that you do not travel. It is best to post-phone your travel until a full 10 days after your exposure. You should quarantine for 5 full days and get tested at least 5 days after you last had contact with the person with Covid-19 infection.
As we continue to provide COVID testing to the community, we understand that our patients may be feeling anxious and high levels of uncertainty when they have a positive test result. If your test produces a positive result, you are required to self-quarantine for at least five days per CDC guidelines. Even if you do not have symptoms, you should stay home and isolate for at least 5 full days. if you are unable to avoid being around family members at home, you must wear a fitted mask.
Scheduling another test before the required quarantine time is over, increases the chances of getting others infected or spreading the coronavirus when you come close to others.
A follow up testing after a positive result is not required unless it is recommended by a health care professional or for return to work/school clearance purposes.
We have been offering Covid-19 testing at our facility (Bridge To Life Clinical Consultants – 811 Washington Road, Parlin NJ, 08859) since the beginning of the pandemic surge in 2020. We work collaboratively with the community to make sure we provide beneficial services and evidence-based information. We are a full family practice facility and are able to provide care for other adverse conditions resulting from Covid-19 infection. Reach out to us if you have any concerns or questions.
We follow the CDC guidelines in regards to testing. The CDC advises that you get tested if you have been in close contact with someone who is infected or if you feel some of the common symptoms of a Covid-19 infection (check www.CDC.gov). There are other requirements from institutions such as Schools, Airlines, Employer, Churches etc. who might need a test as a pre-requirement. Whatever the case, if you need Covid-19 testing you can always count on us to assist - call our office today or make an appointment online.
Recently health insurance companies are less likely to cover the Covid-19 Antigen or PCR test for travel because it is not considered a medical necessity. We request that you make an out-of-pocket payment when you schedule your online appointment as a confirmation for your visit. Please be certain that you are following the required timeframe needed for your travel prior to making the appointment. There will be no refunds for cancellations less than 12 hours to the scheduled appointment time or for No shows.
We ask that you call the office once you arrive at our facility for your visit. Depending on the current community infectivity rates we may move our testing outside the office as a protection measure for our non-covid patients.