What does it mean if I test negative?

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 5 days may be more likely to be negative compared to a molecular assay. It is important that you work with your primary healthcare provider to help you understand the next steps you should take.

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What does it mean if I test positive?

If you have a positive test result, it is very likely that you have COVID-19. 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 primary healthcare provider will work with you to determine how best to care for you based on your test result along with your medical history, and your symptoms.

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Where do I go for the test?

At our office, Executive Spine Surgery. Our address is 157 High Street, Newton, NJ 07860. We are across a park, on the same road as Newton Medical Center. The building is white with a parking lot and a large sign in the front. Call our office if you need assistance with directions.

How much does a rapid COVID-19 test cost?

We noticed that many testing locations are not transparent when it comes to the cost of a COVID-19 test. They have hidden costs and end up charging your insurance hundreds of dollars. While PCR tests are commonly covered by insurance, they take a couple days to a week to get the results back to you. No one has time to wait DAYS for a test result, which is why we offer Rapid Antigen testing rather than PCR testing. Our tests take no more than 15 minutes for results. For this reason, we charge $100 for our COVID tests. We understand that $100 may seem like a lot of money, but rapid testing typically costs anywhere from $100-$200 at other test sites. We want COVID testing to be accessible for you, which is why we are charging on the lower end of the scale. With rapid testing, you are paying for accuracy and efficiency. We hope you value our honesty and transparency when it comes to the cost of the test.

How is the rapid antigen test better than PCR?

A rapid antigen test can be administered for individuals with or without COVID-19 symptoms. Rapid tests are considered most accurate in a patient who is having symptoms of COVID-19. Rapid tests are faster and more efficient, giving you the immediate results you need.