COVID-19 Testing Frequently Asked Questions in Unionville & Ellington, CT
Read our commonly asked questions from patients and what you need to know about getting a COVID-19 test.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms of COVID-19 are varied and can range from flu-like illness, abdominal symptoms, and conjunctivitis. Fever and shortness of breath are the more concerning symptoms, but patients can have malaise or generalized fatigue as well. Anyone with these symptoms can contact us at our Ellington or Unionville clinics and be evaluated for testing. For further information on symptoms please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/
I do not have any of the symptoms of COVID-19, but I want to find out if I am an asymptomatic carrier. Can I get tested?
Yes. We offer COVID-19 testing to everyone regardless of whether or not they have symptoms. Your insurance may or may not cover the test or the telemedicine visit based on your reason for getting tested. Please contact your insurance directly about costs.
How many tests has Priority Urgent Care performed so far?
Priority Urgent Care began evaluating for COVID-19 through our telemedicine option in mid-March and has performed MORE THAN 5000 tests so far.
How accurate is the COVID-19 test?
The sensitivity of the COVID-19 test is 70-90%. It is important to know that even with a negative test, a doctor’s clearance is needed before returning to work and precautions are still recommended when interacting with the community at large.
How much does it cost to get an evaluation for COVID-19?
Most major insurance providers are covering the entire cost of the evaluation related to COVID-19. We recommend you call you insurance company to find out if you will be responsible for any part of the bill. We are in network with most major insurance carriers. To find out if we are in network with your insurance company, please click here.
How much does it cost to get tested for COVID-19?
How much does the evaluation cost if I don’t have insurance?
For people without insurance we provide reasonably priced options for evaluation and testing related to COVID-19. Click here for charges without insurance.
Do I need an appointment to get tested?
Yes. We are offering evaluations and testing for COVID-19 by appointment only. For the health and safety of our staff and other patients we are not allowing walk-ins for COVID-19. Click here to make an appointment online.
How do I make an appointment?
Appointments can be online, click here to make an appointment.
Do I go inside the clinic or is the testing done from my car?
The testing for COVID-19 is done in your own car of the weather allows it.
Who is doing the evaluation?
Evaluations for COVID-19 are done by our board-certified emergency physicians and physicians assistants.
How is the test done? Is it a blood test?
Testing for COVID-19 involves inserting a swab (like a long Q-tip) into the cavity between the nose and mouth (nasopharyngeal swab) for 15 seconds and rotating the swab several times. The swabbing is then repeated on the other side of the nose to make sure enough material is collected. The swab is then inserted into a container and sent to a lab for testing.
Can the COVID-19 test tell me if I already had COVID-19?
No. The COVID-19 test can only detect a current or recent infection.
How long does it take to get the results of the test?
COVID-19 test results are obtained within 3-5 days.
I think I may have had COVID-19 earlier this year. Do you offer an antibody test?
Yes. If you think you may have already had COVID-19 and want to find out if you have the antibodies, we can perform an antibody test. Antibodies are proteins in the blood which help fight off a viral infection. Please book an appointment (click here) to get your test right in your car (of the weather allows).
How is the COVID-19 antibody test performed?
The COVID-19 antibody test is a blood sample. Antibody tests should not be used to diagnose someone as being currently sick with COVID-19. To see if you have a current infection, you need a viral test, which checks respiratory samples, such as a swab from inside your nose.
If I already had COVID-19, does that mean I can’t get it again?
An antibody test may not be able to show if you have a current infection, because it can take 1-3 weeks after infection to make antibodies. We do not know yet if having antibodies to the virus can protect someone from getting infected with the virus again, or how long that protection might last.
Is it safe to come to Priority Urgent Care for other issues?
Yes. We are seeing patients for a number of other issues such as urinary tract infections, minor injuries, poison ivy rash, etc. We do recommend calling ahead if you have questions or concerns. We are screening everyone who enters the clinic. We have always remained diligent in disinfecting our clinic everyday and between patients.
Do I qualify for testing?
Most people can get tested for COVID. People with symptoms and essential worker are prioritized over others. We will make recommendations based on each patients unique situation.
What type of test is performed?
We perform rapid tests which give results on the same day. We can also perform PCR test, nasal swabs, IgG tests and blood tests. We will make recommendations based on each patients unique situation.
How is my sample for testing collected?
We collect nasal, oral or blood sample depending which test is needed and which test is decided by the provider.
How will I get results?
You will be called with your results for the rapid test. For the PCR test, please click here.
Is there an out-of-pocket cost?
We will charge your insurance and cost will depend on your insurance. Most insurances are covering these tests without coinsurance or copay. Please reach out to your individual insurance company for specific costs based on your insurance plan.
If you do not have insurance, the out of pocket charge will be $55 for evaluation and $100-$125 for testing. Please click here for our charges.
Do you take insurance?
Yes, we take most major insurance. We are unable to take out of state Medicaid.
How much is your self-pay cost?
Please see out cost of service.
Do I need an appointment or can I walk in?
We strongly encourage you to call ahead if you think that you have COVID-19, COVID-19 like symptoms or known COVID-19 exposure. We only take online appointments for covid-19 testing and evaluation.
For all other issues you are welcome to walk in or book online.
Click here to make your appointment.
How do I prepare for the visit? What do I need to bring with me?
Please bring a photo ID if you have one and your insurance card. All copays and previous balances are due before you can be served.
What if I need to bring my kids or other family members?
Please bring a photo ID if you have one and your insurance card. All copays and previous balances are due before you can be served. No special arrangement is necessary.