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COVID-19 Testing

Lansing Urgent Care now offers (3) Covid-19 tests to help keep you, your family and our community safe.  Please read below for more information. Please note the IgG antibody test is available until 1 hour before closing and 24/7 at our Clippert St. location.

 

What do these COVID-19 tests detect?

Rapid Antigen Test is designed to detect viral proteins present in the Covid-19 virus WHILE YOU WAIT (10-15 minutes). Rapid tests are especially useful for those with symptoms of Covid-19 infection and/or those exposed to someone with known Covid-19 infection. Rapid tests are available to anyone whether or not symptoms of Covid-19 exist, but certain people may be encouraged to have a follow-up PCR test for confirmation of the rapid test result depending on their individual history, presentation, and rapid test result. Get in line online for Rapid Covid-19 testing by clicking here or walk into any of our 8 locations! 

PCR Test is the gold standard test to detect Covid-19. PCR can take 3-4 (or more) days for results, and because PCR is more sensitive than a rapid test, PCR tests can sometimes remain falsely "Positive" for weeks or months after a Covid-19 infection has ended. Rapid antigen testing, while a bit less sensitive than PCR, has a real advantage over PCR in certain instances because it's less likely to give a false-positive result after a recent infection has ended. You can get in line online for either test by clicking here or just walk into any of our 8 locations! 

Antibody IgG Blood Test will detect if you have had prior exposure to COVID-19 and have developed antibodies to the virus. As COVID-19 is a new virus, it is unclear if the presence of antibodies definitely offers immunity. Most experts agree it likely does; however, the recommendation is to still practice universal precautions. Covid-19 Antibody test run by our partners at Quest Diagnostic has received Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA. Quest reports that the test they are using has approximately 99% Sensitivity and 98.5% Specificity. 

 

What criteria do I need to meet to receive one of these tests? 

Rapid Antigen Test: 

  • If you're asymptomatic but need a Rapid Test for work, travel etc...

  • If you're asymptomatic but you potentially had contact with someone who has the COVID-19 virus.

  • If you are actively experiencing COVID-19 symptoms

PCR (Nasal Swab):  

  • If you're asymptomatic but desire a PCR test for work, travel, or other reason.

  • If you're asymptomatic but you potentially had contact with someone who has the COVID-19 virus.

  • If you are actively experiencing COVID-19 symptoms

Serum Antibody IgG (Blood Test): 

  • If you previously had COVID-19 symptoms, you've recovered, and at least 14 days have passed since your first symptoms.

  • If you had a positive test result for COVID-19, you've recovered, and at least 14 days have passed since your first symptoms.

  • If you've been asymptomatic but believe you had contact with someone who may have had the COVID-19 virus. 

How are these tests administered? 

Rapid Antigen & PCR (Nasal Swab): Administered via a nasopharyngeal (nasal) swab.  This test is available on-site at LUC. You can get in line online by clicking here or walk into any of our 8 locations.

Serum Antibody IgG (Blood Test): Administered via a blood sample.  This test can be performed at any one of our 8 convenient locations.

 

How long will it take to receive my results and how do I view them?

Rapid Antigen: This test result is available in just 10-15 minutes! Results will be discussed during your visit.

PCR (Nasal Swab): Test results typically take 3-4 days to return. PCR results can be viewed via the patient results portal available on the Lansing Urgent Care website. 

Serum Antibody IgG (Blood Test): Generally, it will take 2-4 days to receive your antibody results. Your results can be viewed via the patient results portal available on the Lansing Urgent Care website.

 

What locations can I visit for these COVID-19 tests?    

Rapid Antigen: This test can be performed at any of our 8 locations 7 days/week. You can schedule a visit here.  

PCR (Nasal Swab): This test can be collected at any of our 8 locations. You can schedule a visit here

Serum Antibody IgG (Blood Test): The Antibody IgG (Blood Test) can be drawn at any Lansing Urgent Care location. This test MUST be performed with a traditional in-person visit. You can schedule a visit here.

 

What precautions do I take based on my results?

Rapid Antigen: Depending on whether you're asymptomatic or symptomatic for possible Covid-19 infection, AND your history of potential exposure to others with Covid-19, we'll guide you as to the most appropriate next steps for quarantine and/or testing during your visit. It can get confusing, but we'll walk you through it!

PCR (Nasal Swab):

  • Negative: Continue to exercise precautions such as social distancing, frequent hand washing, wearing of a mask or face cloth in public, and other CDC guideline recommendations.
  • Positive: Stay home, separate yourself from others in your home, continue to monitor your symptoms, call 911 if you have an emergency.

Antibody IgG (Blood Test): 

  • Regardless of your results, you should continue to exercise precautions such as social distancing, frequent hand washing, wearing of a mask or face cloth in public, and other CDC guideline recommendations. Remember, COVID-19 is a new infection, and it is not yet clear if a positive antibody test means someone has enduring immunity to Covid-19.