Reliable Results in 15 Min
Jupiter Medical Specialists is offering in-office, rapid COVID-19 testing to established patients during these hours:
Monday – Friday 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Elective testing (travel, work, peace of mind, etc.)
3401 PGA Blvd., Suite 320
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 3310
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FAQ: Rapid COVID-19 Testing
What is ID NOW COVID-19 rapid COVID-19 test?
The test is designed to detect the virus that causes COVID-19 in respiratory specimens, for example nasal or oral swabs.
What are the known and potential risks and benefits of the test?
Potential risks include:
- Possible discomfort or other complications that can happen during sample collection.
- Possible incorrect test result (see below for more information).
Potential benefits include:
- The results, along with other information, can help your healthcare provider make informed recommendations about your care.
- The results of this test may help limit the spread of COVID-19 to your family and those you come in contact with.
How are specimens collected?
The specimens are collected using a nasal swab. A swab is inserted into each nostril, one side at a time, approximately one inch. The swab is then rotated around the inside of each nostril, approx five times, to gather mucous.
Who should get a rapid test?
- A Covid test may be required in certain situations, such as travel, by your employer and by daycares and schools
- Individuals in certain high risk groups and vulnerable populations
- Congregate living settings
- First responders
- Healthcare workers
- Older adults and individuals with underlying health conditions
- Close contacts of a positive case should be tested three to five days after exposure.
- Individuals with COVID-19-like illness symptoms
How long will it take to get my results?
Rapid test results will be available the day of specimen collection.
How will I get my rapid test results?
You can wait to get the results or the results will be provided within 10 hours.
How accurate are my rapid test results?
Positive results are usually highly accurate but negative results may need to be confirmed with a PCR test.
What does it mean if I have a positive rapid test result?
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. You should follow CDC guidance to reduce the potential transmission of disease.
There is a smaller possibility that this test can give a positive result that is wrong (a false positive result) particularly when used in a population without many cases of COVID-19 infection. Your healthcare provider will work with you to determine how best to care for you based on the test results along with medical history, and your symptoms
What does it mean if I have a negative rapid test result?
A negative test result means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in your sample.
However, it is possible for this test to give a negative result that is incorrect (false negative) in some people with COVID-19. You might test negative if the sample was collected early during your infection. You could also be exposed to COVID-19 after your sample was collected and then have become infected.
This means that you could possibly still have COVID-19 even though the test result is negative. If your test 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.
It is important that you work with your healthcare provider to help you understand the next steps you should take.
What should I do if my rapid test result comes back negative, but I have COVID-19 symptoms?
Current recommendations are to have a PCR test completed if your symptoms persist and you have had a negative rapid test. This is especially true if you have had a direct exposure (meaning closer than 6 feet of an individual for more than 15 minutes) to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
How much does a rapid test cost?
- $0 out of pocket when testing is billed to your health plan or the government. This testing is appropriate for those experiencing symptoms or exposed or possibly exposed to someone with COVID-19
- $99 if the tests is performed for elective testing (travel, work, peace of mind, etc.), individuals who do not wish to have the testing submitted to their health plan or the government for reimbursement or without insurance.
Is this test FDA-approved or cleared?
No. This test is not yet approved or cleared by the United States FDA. When there are no FDA-approved or cleared tests available, and other criteria are met, FDA can make tests available under an emergency access mechanism called an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). The EUA for this test is supported by the Secretary of Health and Human Service’s (HHS’s) declaration that circumstances exist to justify the emergency use of in vitro diagnostics for the detection and/or diagnosis of the virus that causes COVID-19. This EUA will remain in effect (meaning this test can be used) for the duration of the COVID-19 declaration justifying emergency of IVDs, unless it is terminated or revoked by FDA (after which the test may no longer be used).
What are the approved alternatives?
There are no approved available alternative tests. FDA has issued EUAs for other tests that can be found at: https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-andresponse/mcm-legal-regulatory-and-policyframework/emergency-use-authorization
General Prevention Recommendations for COVID-19
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends the following preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases at work.
- Wear a mask in public settings around people who don’t live in your household and when you cannot stay 6 feet away from others. Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others.
- Continue to avoid contact with coworkers and clients by replacing face-to-face meetings with virtual communications.
- Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet at all times.
- Do not use others’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment if possible.
- Routinely disinfect all work surfaces.
- Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Practice proper respiratory etiquette, including coughing and sneezing into the back of your elbow or into a tissue. Immediately throw away the tissue and wash your hands.