COVID-19 Rapid Swab Test Questions and Answers

Doctor's hands in protection gloves taking swab from his patient's nose for the coronavirus test

KidsStreet Urgent Care is pleased to now offer a rapid COVID-19 swab test at all MainStreet and KidsStreet clinics throughout Alabama. We are excited to help you get the results you need as soon as possible. As with other forms of COVID-19 testing, we wanted to provide as much information as possible so that you can make the decision that is best for you and the ones you care for.

What is the rapid COVID-19 swab test?

The rapid COVID-19 test we are offering is an antigen test that uses a nasal swab to collect a sample. This test will tell you if you have antigens for an active COIVD-19 infection. Antigen tests are designed to detect proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19 in respiratory specimens such as nasal swabs. The antigen test sounds like the antibody test, but the antibody test is not the same (the antigen is used to indicates an active infection; while the antibody test helps us see if you had a past infection).  You can read about the antibody test here.

What is the advantage of this rapid COVID-19 swab test?

Rapid COVID-19 swab testing allows us to take a nasal swab specimen from you and receive results in up to 15 minutes while you are still in the clinic.

How does this change my testing experience as a patient?

The process is the same as with other swab tests. We take the swab specimen when you come in–the same way we have for other swab tests. The only difference is that we are able to give you the results before you leave the clinic, instead of the specimen being sent off to a lab and waiting days for the result to come back.

Is this test FDA approved?

Yes. The FDA has made this test available under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). You can view the authorization here (https://www.fda.gov/media/137886/download)

Where is the test made?

The test was designed and is manufactured in San Diego, California.

Is it possible for this test to give a negative result that is incorrect (false negative)?

Yes, this is possible, but not likely. If your test result is negative, your healthcare provider will consider the test result together with all other aspects of your medical history in deciding how to care for you. It is important that you work with your healthcare provider to help you understand the next steps you should take.

How much does the COVID-19 rapid swab test cost?

We will submit the cost of the test and your visit to your insurance provider or the HHS Uninsured Patient Program. If for any reason they do not cover it, you will be charged $49. Our cash pay price for the rapid COVID-19 test is $49. We recommend you contact your insurance provider to determine the following:

  • If you will be responsible for the cost of the test and discuss the specifics of your plan and your current deductible balance
  • Ask them about a rapid COVID-19 antigen test with FDA Emergency Use Authorization
  • In addition to the test, some insurance companies expect you to pay for the office visit when you get the test along with other tests that may be run at your visit (such as a flu test).

You can find more information about the costs of testing here.

If you would like to have a COVID-19 rapid antigen test, you can walk-in to any KidsStreet Urgent Care or MainStreet Family Care clinic to be tested. No appointment needed.