COVID-19 Testing

Visit our Urgent Care for your COVID-19 symptoms or possible exposure to COVID-19 or contact your primary care provider's office. 

At this time, due to Rapid Testing supply constraints, we are unable to offer/perform rapid COVID testing. This means that all COVID testing through our organization is being sent to outside laboratories to be performed. This means an increased wait in getting your results, currently result turnaround times are 24-72 hours, depending upon the day/time collected. While we are hopeful that these supply shortages are short-term, we, unfortunately, cannot predict an end at this time. Please remember that if you have had a known exposure to COVID or develop symptoms that may be consistent with COVID, it is important to follow CDC guidance as appropriate for your specific vaccination status.

If you are concerned about possible exposure to COVID-19, please self-isolate and contact your primary care provider to determine your best next steps. Not everyone needs to be tested immediately, the time frame of when you should be tested is dependent upon your type of exposure. Typically, it is best to complete the test 4-6 days after exposure, unless symptoms present sooner.

Test Iowa is now supplying at-home testing kits. You can pick up one of these kits from our Lab located inside our Multi-Specialty Clinic location. 

Visit the Centers for Disease Control website to learn about the testing requirements. Testing requirements can vary based on vaccination status, symptoms, and exposure.

To help provide additional guidance please see our Frequently Asked Questions section below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the definition of close contact/exposure?

Being in close contact (6 feet or less) with a confirmed positive individual for a prolonged period of time (15 minutes or more) without mask/PPE protection from the 48 hours prior to the confirmed positive individual’s symptom onset until that person was officially self-isolated/quarantined.

What should you do if you've had close contact with a 'close contact' (who has not yet tested positive)?

Monitor your symptoms, maintain the universal precautions as already recommended- social distancing (six feet apart) and mask when not possible to distance - you do not need to quarantine. You turn into a ‘close contact’ if your ‘close contact’ has tested positive (Then follow steps outlined in "What should I do if I have been exposed?".

What should I do if I have been in close contact with someone who tested positive?

You should self-isolate/quarantine, monitor your symptoms and seek testing. However, you should wait to be tested until 4-5 days after your exposure to lower the possibility of a false negative test if testing is performed too early. Reach out to your physician if at any time symptoms begin as this may change the timing of testing.

Healthcare personnel exception—Following an exposure, healthcare personnel who remain asymptomatic may be permitted to continue to work wearing a face mask at all times for source control and monitoring symptoms diligently. However, if at anytime following the exposure the healthcare personnel becomes symptomatic they should seek testing and move into self-isolation. If the asymptomatic exposure gets tested but remains asymptomatic they can continue working following the aforementioned precautions. However, if that result then comes back positive they would no longer be permitted to continue working and will move into self-isolation.

- Note that this policy will be dependent upon the healthcare organization and their staffing situations.

What does it mean to self-isolate/quarantine?

If you are asked to self-isolate/quarantine this means that you should stay home, separate yourself from others and monitor your health.

I've been tested, what should I do now?

It is important if you are waiting for your test results, whether you are showing symptoms or not, that you self-isolate/quarantine. If you we not tested through your primary care providers office and receive a positive result you should contact their office for next steps.

How can you help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

To help prevent the spread of all viruses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends:

  • Wear a mask when social distancing measures can not be followed.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Self-isolate/quarantine after an exposure or if you have been tested for COVID-19; remain quarantined until you have a confirmed result back and then for the appropriate timeframe as stated by your healthcare provider.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.&
  • Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Disinfect & clean commonly touched surfaces and objects.

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