Should I be re-tested for COVID-19 after a positive result?

If you have COVID-19 or have had it recently, you might be wondering if you should get retested. Common reasons to seek a new test can include new symptoms or a request by your employer. Whatever your situation, Physicians Immediate Care can provide the quality medical care you need.

When can I get retested for COVID-19?

Please come see us if you develop symptoms of COVID-19 after a previous infection. We have a variety of testing options that can be used to accurately determine your COVID-19 infection status.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 5 days, you are still considered to be positive for COVID-19 until you have completed the isolation period recommended by the CDC. If you request us to retest you while you are still in this isolation period, Physicians Immediate Care is required to include your previous test results in the medical recommendations we provide during your visit today.

What if I have new COVID-19 symptoms?

If you have recovered from a COVID-19 infection but develop new symptoms, talk to your healthcare provider. Please feel free to visit us at Physicians Immediate Care. An experienced medical provider will ask about your symptoms, take your medical history, and perform an exam. Our provider will assess your COVID-19 risk and make a testing recommendation. We have multiple testing options available that can be used in different cases to obtain the most accurate result. At this time, our provider will also advise you on your next steps, including instructions for treatment and isolation if necessary.

What if my employer wants me to get retested for COVID-19?

If your employer asks for proof that it is safe for you to come back to work, the same process applies. We follow the CDC’s proven return-to-work guidelines. Employers can learn more about the return to work process here.

If I don’t have symptoms, but tested positive with a COVID-19 home test should I re-test at your clinic?

If you received a positive PCR or positive antigen test you, most likely, have a asymptomatic (no known symptoms) case of COVID-19. Remember, that even if your home test had a faded 2nd line, you should consider yourself positive for COVID-19. If you want confirmation, we’d be happy to re-test.  However, regardless of the results, we are required to include that you reported a recent positive test result.

Should I confirm a negative COVID-19 home test I took?

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, runny nose, congestion, headache, or diarrhea, but tested negative with a home test, we recommend getting a more sensitive PCR test.  At Physicians Immediate Care we use the gold standard Abbott ID Now.

What type of test do you offer at Physicians Immediate Care?

At Physicians Immediate Care we offer the gold standard Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 Rapid Molecular PCR test (This is a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test – NAAT) or the Abbott BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen, depending on the patient’s symptoms. Both tests provide results in 15 minutes.

Should I see a doctor if I have COVID?

If you have any concerns or questions regarding your COVID-19 infection, we recommend you schedule a Telehealth visit with one of our medical providers to evaluate your symptoms and answer any questions.  Our medical team can direct you for further evaluation if needed.