COVID-19 Test and Treat

“COVID-19 test and treat” involves testing using a rapid test and being able to receive treatment within minutes of a positive test at the same location.


Test & Treat

Q What is "COVID-19 test and treat"?

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We now offer COVID-19 testing and treatment with one streamlined process:

  1. Take a rapid COVID-19 test on-site and wait for results.
  2. If you test positive, receive a consultation with an infectious disease specialist.
  3. Get immediate treatment with either oral antivirals or an IV infusion of monoclonal antibodies.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be symptomatic and within seven days of symptom onset
  • Want to be treated with either an oral antiviral or an IV infusion
  • Be 12 years of age or older

Q Why do I have to have symptoms for less than seven days?

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Current treatments used for COVID-19 are effective only if given early on in the disease. It is important to come in for testing as soon as symptoms begin in order to start treatment early.

Q What if I already tested positive at home?

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If you have already had a positive home test, you do not need to repeat the test. If you are within seven days of symptoms, you can fill out the treatment request form here or contact us at covidcare@fhcsd.org or (619) 906-5420.

Q What does "COVID-19 test and treat" cost?

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Your insurance will generally cover the cost of testing and treatment. However, FHCSD is able to work with patients without insurance to make treatment available.

Q Can I use "COVID-19 test and treat" for screening if I don’t have symptoms?

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No. If you have no symptoms and are testing for work, school or upcoming travel, you should seek out a home test, or test with your own regular health care provider.

Q What is the difference between rapid and PCR tests?

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Both tests are run on a sample collected from your nose.  Rapid testing offers the convenience of results within 15-20 minutes, but it might miss some COVID-19 cases. PCR-based testing involves taking the sample to a lab to run the test. It is more accurate, but takes 24-48 hours to return results. There are advantages to both types of testing.

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