Can You Be Tested for Coronavirus at an Urgent Care Center?

Urgent care in Fort Worth, TX provides access to quality healthcare without having to visit the emergency room. At iCare ER and Urgent Care, we treat patients of all ages with minor or mild illnesses or injuries. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we also offer tests for coronavirus. Our board-certified doctors work diligently to maintain the best possible cleanliness to make sure that all of our patients and staff are safe at all times in our facility.

What does urgent care treat?

An urgent care facility treats situations that aren’t considered emergencies but still need care within 24 hours. Some examples of these situations include:

  • Sprains

  • Minor broken bones

  • Minor cuts needing stitches

  • Asthma symptoms (If you are having trouble breathing, go to an ER)

  • Low grade fever (unless it is a child or infant where the ER can better treat them)

  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea for more than two days

  • Sore throat

  • Ear pain

  • Urinary tract problems

What is coronavirus?

Coronavirus is a respiratory illness spread through droplets in the air from an infected person. The droplets enter the eyes, nose, or mouth to infect others. At iCare ER and Urgent Care, we offer coronavirus testing to individuals experiencing symptoms of the illness or who may have been exposed to someone who has recently been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

What are coronavirus symptoms?

Those with coronavirus can experience different symptoms, and some may not experience symptoms at all. Some common symptoms of coronavirus include:

  • Sore throat

  • Coughing

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • Headache

  • Chills

  • Fever

  • Diarrhea

  • Sudden loss of taste or smell

When you’re experiencing suspected symptoms of the coronavirus, you should be tested immediately at our Fort Worth, TX emergency room.

Test for coronavirus in Fort Worth, TX

There are two types of diagnostic tests used to test for coronavirus at our urgent care/emergency room in Fort Worth, TX. Antibody tests are conducted via our urgent care, and active virus testing is considered an ER visit.

  1. Viral testing: The viral test detects an existing infection. We use nasal swab testing to collect a sample from the back of your nose and upper throat. This test is best for patients who may be currently infected and might be contagious with the virus. The virus can be detected 2 – 3 days after exposure. Most of our patients receive their results in 3 – 4 days. We will call you with a report, so you won’t have to come back to our facility. We are also offering rapid testing for those currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, with results in as little as one hour. This test will be classified as an ER visit.

  2. Antibody testing: The antibody testing determines if you previously had coronavirus. Our staff will take your blood to look for immunoglobulin M (iGm) and immunoglobulin G (igG) antibodies. The presence of these can tell us if you have fought off coronavirus and if you are a carrier of COVID-19. However, this testing can’t detect antibodies until at least 10 days after a patient has been exposed to COVID-19. You can expect to receive your results within 2 – 4 days. Most major insurance providers cover this test for free. This test is conducted through our urgent care.

At iCare ER and Urgent Care, we offer coronavirus testing to those who have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 and haven’t been able to be tested or who have been exposed to someone with the virus. We highly suggest all of our patients who receive this testing self-quarantine until they receive their test results.

We also offer corporate on-site coronavirus testing, which can give local businesses the peace of mind needed to re-open safely.

Get tested for coronavirus at iCare ER and Urgent Care

At iCare ER and Urgent Care, in Fort Worth and Frisco, TX, our staff treats minor illnesses and injuries and offers coronavirus testing. We maintain cleanliness in our facility and follow all CDC guidelines. We also offer telehealth visits where we can treat patients with the flu and infections and send their prescriptions to their local pharmacy without the need to come into our facility.