Rapid COVID-19, PCR, and Antibody Test. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Test Information

Avecina Medical offers three (3) types of rapid COVID-19 tests:

(1) Rapid COVID-19 Antigen test via nasal swab for detection of current infection with 96.7% Sensitivity and 100% Specificity.

Purpose: This test should be done if you are symptomatic, had exposure, or need to use your insurance for your visit. This test can also be chosen for certain travel destinations as long as they accept a rapid antigen COVID-19 test. If you are not insured, the test alone can be done as ala carte for $125 per test.

(2) Rapid Antibody Test via finger stick that verifies the presence of IgG/IgM antibodies which show previous infection and protection with 100% Sensitivity and 98.9% Specificity.

Purpose: This test should be done to demonstrate if a patient already has COVID-19 antibodies which reflects a recent COVID-19 infection. The presence of IgG antibodies demonstrates the same level of protection and immunity as if a patient was vaccinated. Most patients’ antibodies last approximately six (6) months after recovering from the infection. The cost of this test is covered by insurance in most cases and can be also done as self-pay for $125 per test.

(3) Rapid Sars-Cov PCR using Cepheid GeneXpert Analyzer.

THIS TEST IS NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE AND CAN ONLY BE DONE AS SELF-PAY. DO NOT CHOOSE THIS TEST IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OR PLANNING TO USE YOUR INSURANCE.

Purpose: Avecina Medical is now providing rapid PCR test for patients that are traveling to destinations that only accept PCR test for entry. This test can also be done to meet any situation that requires a PCR test as a condition. This test is done as an ala carte and does not include a visit with a provider, consultation, or treatment if the results are positive. The cost of this test is $195 per test and results are available the same day. Appointment cancelations will be charged a $50 cancelation fee if the appointment is canceled within 48-hours of the appointment.

Only one test can be performed per visit if you are using medical insurance.

Same Day Results

Some countries will not accept a COVID antigen test and require a PCR test only.

Cost of Rapid Antigen Test

Insurance: Most insurances are covering the cost of the office visit and testing due to exposure or if you are symptomatic. Please check with your provider or review the attached paperwork for coverage dates. Only one test can be performed if using medical insurance.

Self-Pay: $125/test

The $125 self-pay fee is for an ala carte COVID-19 Test. It does not include a visit, examination, or treatment by a medical provider if the test is positive.

How to Prepare

Please print, fill out, and bring the following registration packet with you. Please do not arrive more than five (5) minutes prior to your appointment time.  ATTENTION: The scheduling system is to guarantee a spot for testing and or treatment.  Due to the extremely high volume of patients, there is no guarantee that you will be seen and tested at the exact specified time. We thank you for your understanding while our staff is working overtime to serve all of our patients.

Schedule Your Test

Please choose your preferred location and reserve your time slot for testing.
Only one person will be tested per time slot.

Rapid PCR COVID-19 Testing

Group/B2B Testing

COVID-19 Educational Videos

Antibody, PCR, and Antigen Testing

Positive Antibody Test

Rapid Covid Test Results

SARS Test Label Meaning

COVID-19 FAQ

What type of test is this?

The rapid COVID-19 test performed at Avecina is the Sofia 2 antigen test which is FDA approved for detection of early COVID-19. It is performed using a foam tipped swab which does not reach far in the nasal cavity as PCR testing swabs.

How accurate is the test?

The test has an FDA approved to have a sensitivity of 96.7% which is one of the highest in the industry. Attached is table that shows sensitivity of 96.7% for the antigen test.

My swab did not go far up in my nose; is my test accurate?

The antigen test has a different swab which is much thicker than the swab designed for a PCR test. The horror stories that patients have heard since the beginning of the pandemic refers to the PCR swab which requires insertion very high in the nasal cavity. Avecina uses a foam tipped swab specifically designed for this test that is only meant to go to the opening of the nostrils which is recommended by the manufacturer.

How soon will I get my results?

Our staff work very hard to have your results delivered to you in less than 24 hours.

Will my insurance pay for this test if I am required to have one prior to surgery, travel or for work clearance?

No, unfortunately insurance carriers do not consider any of the above as “medical necessity” and will deny your claim. These cases patients must self pay to avoid claim issues in the future.

What is considered ``medical necessity`` by insurance carriers which would cover the cost of the visit and test?

Medical necessity is achieved if patient states that they have had a positive exposure to a COVID-19 person or if they present with typical symptoms such as fever, cough, cold, fatigue or loss of taste etc.

Can I file with my insurance after have paid out of pocket at your drive-through site?

No. In order for an insurance carrier to cover the cost of the test, an actual visit with a provider must be accomplished which would include patient presenting with a chief complaints, vitals to be taken by staff and to be actually seen by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant. None of these occur at a drive through site so the cost can not be filed with any insurance carrier.

I was exposed to someone two days ago who is positive, when should I get a test?

It takes at least 72 hours after exposure to test positive. Testing before that time period will increase the likelihood of a false negative.

Could I still infect someone else with COVID-19 if I have no symptoms?

Absolutely. We have many cases where a single asymptomatic patient still infected everyone in their household.