Do you have plans to travel and need to know if you have COVID-19 fast? A testing site in Carlsbad will get you the results you need fast without ever making you step out of your car.
Covid Clinic is a fully certified and compliant COVID-19 testing site that offers expedited and rapid testing for travel at several of its California locations including its Carlsbad site.
Patients simply drive up to the testing site and are navigated through the clinic’s course to be tested.
There are five different tests to choose from: a Standard Molecular NAAT COVID-19 test, a Rapid Molecular NAAT test, a rapid antigen test, an antibody test and the Rapid RT-PCR COVID-19 Test.
Many travel restrictions require a RT-PCR, molecular or NAAT test before arriving to the destination, and the RT-PCR satisfies most travel requirements. Patients receive a nasal swab at the clinic site and receive their results generally within two hours.
For the Standard Molecular NAAT COVID-19 test, results are generally reported within two to five days. If patients opt for the rapid version, they can receive their results in as little as 20 minutes. Current demand for testing may extend that time.
Patients can also receive their results in as little as 20 minutes by taking the Rapid COVID-19 Antigen test. Antigen tests detect proteins from the virus while the previously mentioned molecular tests detect genetic material from the virus.
The COVID-19 Antibody test can be used by patients who want to know if they had the virus at some point without knowing it at the time. Results for this test are generally reported within two to five days.
The specimens for the COVID-19 test and the antibody test are collected at the Covid Clinic and then sent to LabCorp for processing, while the rapid COVID-19 test is processed at the testing site.
All test results are reported to the county health department.
Payment is required up front, however doctor referrals are not required and patients are encouraged to submit their receipts for reimbursement from their insurance companies.
To book an appointment in Carlsbad, visit https://covidclinic.org/carlsbad/.