Patients who have recently been exposed to COVID-19 or are exhibiting symptoms of the virus can visit AFC Urgent Care Torrington for walk-in rapid COVID-19 diagnostic swab testing seven days a week. Our staff will be able to provide you with your results the same day as you are tested.
How should I prepare for the COVID-19 rapid test?
Patients visiting AFC Urgent Care Torrington must wear a mask or protective face covering over their nose and mouth, only lowering it when asked to for the swab test. The swab collection is quick and painless, only taking a few moments at no pain and only minor discomfort to the patient.
How the rapid test can detect COVID-19
After the swab is performed, it is brought to our lab for testing. The swab is inserted into a machine designed solely for the rapid test, combining the sample with chemicals that can break apart the virus and expose the genetic material. The machine then takes the genetic material and replicates it, which detects the presence of the active virus in your sample. The results are displayed on screen and printed so that a member of our staff can call or email you with your results that day.
What are the benefits of getting the rapid test?
The rapid test is more efficient than the standard PCR test, which provides results in 1-3 days. By getting the rapid test, patients can begin altering their behavior immediately based on their results. If your results come back positive, you should be prepared to self-isolate for at least two weeks, until you are no longer symptomatic or contagious. You should make sure you inform anyone you may have been in close contact with in recent days to let them know to get tested. If your test returns negative, you should continue to follow universal health and safety guidelines for the pandemic including wearing a mask in public areas, practicing social distancing and washing your hands frequently. If you have recently been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, wait between 5-7 days to get tested. Getting tested immediately can result in a false negative result, while waiting into the incubation period can provide a more accurate result.
COVID-19 Rapid Diagnostic Swab Testing in Torrington, CT
If you have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 in recent days or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus, visit AFC Urgent Care Torrington today. Testing is available for walk-in patients seven days a week, with results available same-day. Please check with your insurance provider as some insurers may require a copayment for testing. For more information about COVID-19 rapid testing, please call 860-866-4321.