COVID - 19 Office Policy

The CDC has released that fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear masks except in certain environments. We will continue to wear masks in our office and request that out of an abundance of caution that visitors do so as well unless advised otherwise. Upon entering the office, patients and visitors can request removing their masks and the decision will be based on a case by case basis. The building in which our office is located maintains a mask policy and all individuals must wear a mask in the public indoor areas.

COVID-19 Testing Site For Asymptomatic Individuals

We offer the Saliva PCR Test and the Rapid Antigen Test for COVID - 19.

If you are already experiencing symptoms, please consult with your physician about going to a mobile or hospital testing site.

Saliva PCR Test

Highly accurate, meets travel requirements*

AcculaTM Rapid PCR Test

Meets international travel requirements if accepted by destination*

Rapid Antigen Test

Very fast preliminary screen, may not meet travel requirements*

Saliva (Safer and without the discomfort of nasopharyngeal) Nasal swab Nasal swab (self administered)
RT-PCR tests are the most accurate and reliable results.

Virus generally detected 5-7 days after exposure.

Same accuracy as lab performed PCR Accuracy is variable. More reliable if you are having symptoms of illness. Can be used to indicate if still contagious after infection.
The specimen is sent to an outside lab. Performed in our office. All performed in our office. A printout with results is provided.
Results within 72 hours Results in 1 hour Results in 15 minutes
Self Pay

$100 for members

$150 for non-members

 

Cost with Insurance

$0 for members

$35 for non-members

Self Pay

$50 for members

$150 for non-members

 

 

No insurance accepted

Self Pay

$10 for members

$50 for non-members

 

 

No insurance accepted

To schedule your COVID - 19 test:

  1. Call our office at 708-386-3080
  2. On your appointment day come to our office. We require all patients wear a mask.
  3. For the Rapid Antigen and PCR test you can get the results before you leave or they will be emailed to you.
  4. For the Saliva PCR test your results will be e-mailed to you in approximately 72 hours.

Please keep in mind that SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) diagnostic tests are not perfect. No test is. If they were perfect, a positive test would mean that someone carries the virus and a negative test that they do not. With imperfect tests, a negative result means only that a person is less likely to be infected. Thus, we ask that you consider risk factors and individual scenarios and not completely rely on the test results to choose your behavior.

If you’ve been exposed or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 infection and test negative, you should still quarantine and avoid close contact with others. Alternatively, if you have no symptoms and test positive, it could also be a false positive test. Please consult with your physician or the CDC website as to how to stay safe and keep others safe.

*PCR Tests - Some countries are still requiring PCR testing for entry. We recommend you double-check the testing requirements before traveling.

*Rapid Antigen Tests - Most countries are accepting rapid antigen tests. Some still do not. We recommend you check the testing requirements before traveling.