NOTICE

Please be aware that due to a nationwide shortage of COVID testing kits, we may (from time to time) experience the need to allocate and limit the number of tests we can perform on any given day.

Please rest assured that we are doing everything we can to obtain and maintain an adequate supply of test kits, but nationwide shortages and/or supply chain issues are beyond our ability to control.

J. Albert Avila, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Medical Director
The Center for Urgent Care

Diagnostic testsDiagnostic Tests

Diagnose if you have an ACTIVE coronavirus infection

Abbott ID NOW™ Molecular (PCR) Testing

[ RAPID NASOPHARYNGEAL TEST ]

The Abbott ID NOW™ platform, the leading molecular point-of-care platform in the United States, offers the fastest molecular test for COVID-19 on the market. ID NOW™ uses isothermal technology, proprietary enzymes, and temperature control to achieve the fastest RNA amplification to make the virus detectable, fast! Learn more →

ID NOW™ MOLECULAR

WHO?

For new and existing patients, of any age.


COST

Self-Pay: $195


HOW LONG?

The results are ready in about 30 minutes.


APPOINTMENT?

By phone (faster)
Walk-in
9am/6pm | 7 Days/wk

Sofia® Antigen (FIA) Test

[ RAPID NASOPHARYNGEAL TEST ]

Quidel’s Sofia® is the first antigen test approved by the FDA. These tests quickly detect fragments of proteins found on or within the virus by testing samples collected from the nasal cavity using swabs. Positive results are usually highly accurate but negative results may need to be confirmed with a molecular test. Learn more →

Sofia SARS Antigen Fluorescent Immunoassay (FIA)

WHO?

For new and existing patients, of any age.


COST

Self-Pay: $125


HOW LONG?

The results are ready in about 30 minutes.


APPOINTMENT?

By phone (faster)
Walk-in
9am/6pm | 7 Days/wk

Abbott ID NOW™ Molecular (PCR) Testing

[ RAPID NASOPHARYNGEAL TEST ]

The Abbott ID NOW™ platform, the leading molecular point-of-care platform in the United States, offers the fastest molecular test for COVID-19 on the market. ID NOW™ uses isothermal technology, proprietary enzymes, and temperature control to achieve the fastest RNA amplification to make the virus detectable, fast! Learn more →

ID NOW™ MOLECULAR

WHO?

For new and existing patients, of any age.


COST

Self-Pay: $195


HOW LONG?

The results are ready in about 30 minutes.


APPOINTMENT?

By phone (faster)
Walk-in
9am/6pm | 7 Days/wk

Sofia® Antigen (FIA) Test

[ RAPID NASOPHARYNGEAL TEST ]

Quidel’s Sofia® is the first antigen test approved by the FDA. These tests quickly detect fragments of proteins found on or within the virus by testing samples collected from the nasal cavity using swabs. Positive results are usually highly accurate but negative results may need to be confirmed with a molecular test. Learn more →

Sofia SARS Antigen Fluorescent Immunoassay (FIA)

WHO?

For new and existing patients, of any age.


COST

Self-Pay: $125


HOW LONG?

The results are ready in about 30 minutes.


APPOINTMENT?

By phone (faster)
Walk-in
9am/6pm | 7 Days/wk

antibody testsAntibody Tests

Show if you’ve had a PAST coronavirus infection

Cellex™ Antibody Serology Test

[ RAPID BLOOD TEST ]

Cellex™ is one of only a few FDA approved tests for the detection of COVID-19 specific antibodies. We run it in our own CE-compliant Moderate Complexity Certified CLIA Lab reducing the chances of false-negative and/or positive results. Sometimes a second antibody test is needed for accurate results. Learn more →

Cellex COVID-19 Serology Test

WHO?

For new and existing patients, of any age.


COST

Self-Pay: $150


HOW LONG?

The results are ready in about 30 minutes.


APPOINTMENT?

By phone (faster)
Walk-in
9am/6pm | 7 Days/wk

Coronavirus Testing Basics

How Many Types Are There?

There are two different types of tests – diagnostic tests and antibody tests.

Diagnostic testsDIAGNOSTIC TESTS
They diagnose active coronavirus infection.

Molecular Tests (PCR) detect the virus’s genetic material.
– Nasal or throat swab with results in under 30 minutes.
– These tests are highly accurate and do not require another test to validate results.
– The test does not detect past infections.

Antigen Tests detect specific proteins on the surface of the virus.
– Nasal or throat swab with results in under 30 minutes.
– Positive results are usually highly accurate.
– Negative results may need to be confirmed with a molecular test.
– The test does not detect past infections.

antibody testsANTIBODY TESTS
They show if you’ve been infected by the coronavirus in the past.

Antibody Tests (Serological) look for antibodies that are made by your immune system in response to a specific virus, in this case, the coronavirus (COVID-19).
– Small blood sample with results in under 30 minutes.
– Follow-up testing may be needed depending on the timing of exposure and immune response.
– The test does not diagnose active coronavirus infection.

At this time researchers do not know if the presence of antibodies means that you are immune to the coronavirus in the future.

Additional FAQs

What is the difference between antigens and antibodies?

  • Antigens are molecules capable of stimulating an immune response. Each antigen has distinct surface features (epitopes) resulting in specific responses.
  • Antibodies (immunoglobins) are Y-shaped proteins produced by the immune system in response to exposure to antigens. They can recognize specific features on an antigen, acting like a lock and key mechanism. Antibodies help you build your immunity.

Do I need to see a physician/medical provider?
No, you can choose to just have the test done by our nursing staff (but one of our providers will always be here to see you if necessary).

Are these tests cleared by the FDA?
Yes, these are among the very few that have received FDA approval under the Emergency Use Act. Most other commercially available tests on the market have not received approval.

Does insurance cover the visit?
At this time we are filing directly with Aetna and the Manatee County School District Insurance plans for the costs associated with this test. Medicare has not yet given us clear direction but we expect it to be shortly forthcoming.

For ‘Self-Pay’ payers and those who have other kinds of commercial insurance, we are collecting $195 for the Abbot ONE ID™ Molecular (PCR) Test, $125 for the Sofia® Antigen Test, or $150 payment for the Cellex™ Antibody Test at the time of service for the cost of the test and visit.

We will provide you with a copy of the invoice that you may submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement.