With health experts asserting that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, testing remains imperative and has become almost a way of life.
However, if you have never been tested, you may be wondering if there’s an easy way to get it done that still guarantees accurate results. COVID-19 drive-through testing has proven to be a great option.
Here’s what people, like you, want to know about this life-saving healthcare service.
When you arrive at the parking lot of the facility, follow the signs to the testing area. Stay in your vehicle. A PPE-protected staff member will approach you and ask for your photo identification.
The staff member will record your personal information. Also, if you have in-network health insurance, simply present your insurance card; however, if you do not have this coverage, you apparently will need to pay out of pocket.
Drive-through testing for COVID-19 illness is just as reliable as in-facility testing. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, which are also used in this type of service, can easily detect active viruses, and therefore, are an excellent way to diagnose infection. In fact, they are 99 percent effective and reliable.
Additionally, because your test will happen outdoors, in a well-ventilated area, contamination of your test sample or spread of the disease are virtually nonissues.
In all, your actual COVID-19 test – a quick, sterile swabbing of the interior of your nose or throat – will take about 10 minutes. You will receive results via text or email the same day or within 48 to 72 hours, depending on the type of test you requested.
At EMC Express Care, our team of highly qualified medical professionals offers COVID-19 drive-through testing and many other healthcare services to stay true to our commitment to advancing and protecting the health and well-being of the men, women, and children in the communities we serve.
Although we accept walk-ins for our urgent care services. We highly recommend that you call us ahead of time at (817) 503-8800 if you need to arrange an appointment for COVID-19 drive-through testing, especially if you’ve had recent exposure to the virus or are experiencing symptoms. We will gladly walk you through the process to make it efficient and safe for you, our staff, and our other patients.