Eastside Urgent Care is offering the Sofia SARS Antigen FIA test. Antigen tests are designed to detect proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19 in respiratory specimens, for example nasal swabs.
When you come in for a test, our provider or our trained clinical staff will put on protective clothes, mask and face shield, and then collect samples.
Collecting a sample is usually taken from the nose. This mildly uncomfortable process, the same used to test for influenza, takes just a few seconds.
After processing the sample, the provider reports the test results to the patient. If the test is positive, the provider also reports this to the public health authorities.
If you have a positive test result, it is very likely that you have COVID-19 because proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19 were found in your sample. Therefore, it is also likely that you may be placed in isolation to avoid spreading the virus to others. There is a very small chance that this test can give a positive result that is wrong (a false positive result). Your healthcare provider will work with you to determine how best to care for you based on your test result(s) along with your medical history, and your symptoms.
A negative test result means that proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19 were not found in your sample.
It is possible for this test to give a negative result that is incorrect (false negative) in some people with COVID- 19. This means that you could possibly still have COVID-19 even though the test is negative. If your test result is negative, your healthcare provider will consider the test result together with all other aspects of your medical history (such as symptoms, possible exposures, and geographical location of places you have recently traveled) in deciding how to care for you. The amount of antigen in a sample may decrease the longer you have symptoms of infection. Specimens collected after you have had symptoms for more than seven days may be more likely to be negative compared to a molecular assay.
If you have insurance, according to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), insurance providers are not imposing out-of-pocket expenses for COVID-19 testing. Any patient responsibility (copays, coinsurance, deductibles) are waived by insurance providers.
For patients without insurance or employers requesting tests, testing is available at the cost of $244.