COVID Testing

Total Point ER COVID Testing
Total Point ER COVID Testing

Providing Accessible COVID Testing to Our Community

Although COVID rates appear to be receding, regular testing is still necessary. The team at Total Point ER is playing its part to ensure that the pandemic doesn’t return. We’re glad to offer rapid testing services for patients. At the first sign of COVID symptoms, don’t hesitate to visit our emergency clinic. Our compassionate team is taking all the proper precautions to stop the spread of disease while providing you with the care you need. Learn more about our free COVID testing options.

When Should I Get Tested?

Even if you have a slight suspicion you’ve been exposed to COVID, it’s always in your best interest to get tested. After all, it’s better safe than sorry when it comes to a worldwide pandemic. The CDC recommends getting tested as soon as possible (at least five days) after contact with another person infected with COVID. You should also get a rapid or PCR test if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Runny nose or congestion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Body aches
  • Diarrhea

Know the Main Types of COVID Testing

At Total Point Emergency Center, we offer a few different types of COVID testing. Our patients may be tested using any of the following methods:

  • Antibody Test: This test requires us to draw blood, but you have results within about 15 minutes.
  • PCR Test: The PCR test is what most people think of when they imagine COVID testing. This test requires a nasal swab and produces results in about an hour.
  • Antigen Test: This form of rapid testing also uses a nasal swab. But instead of waiting an hour for results, most patients know their status after about 15 minutes.

What Do I Do After a Positive Result?

If your test reveals that you’re COVID positive, the CDC recommends self-isolation for at least five days. Have a friend or family member run errands on your behalf and inform your employer that you won’t be able to come to work for the duration of your isolation period. Be sure to follow any instructions you get from your doctor to manage symptoms and promote a speedy recovery. Monitor your symptoms and call your doctor right away or visit an emergency room if your condition worsens. Once your symptoms end and your isolation period is up, we highly encourage you to seek a follow-up test to confirm that you no longer have COVID. The team at Total Point ER is always here to answer your questions about dealing with a positive test result.

Does Insurance Cover COVID Testing?

Under the CARES Act, health insurance providers are required to cover 100% of the costs associated with COVID testing for patients with symptoms or close contact. However, other reasons for testing, such as travel or employer screenings, may not be covered. It’s important to be familiar with your insurance policy and find out whether you have access to free COVID testing for any purpose and free COVID emergency room visits.

Get Tested Today—No Appointment Necessary

Do your part to stamp out COVID—get tested at the first sign of symptoms or close contact. At Total Point ER, we’re glad to offer our community accessible COVID testing at a moment’s notice. We have clinics in Lufkin, Conroe, and McKinney, with more locations on the way. Find your nearest clinic and stop in for a COVID test today. Make sure to follow all posted precautions.

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