COVID-19 evaluation is now available at our Medical Emergency Centers
Conducting 15-minute Antigen Test, Molecular (PCR) Test, and Antibody Test for COVID-19. Molecular (PCR) Test Is Only Available For The Patients With Symptoms.
ER of Texas provides comprehensive COVID-19 testing in Highland Village, Little Elm, Hurst, Colleyville, Sherman, Hillcrest, Uptown, Mansfield in Dallas and the surrounding areas. As we collectively navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to providing our community with the most advanced, up-to-date screening, as approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Our team is continuously monitoring the latest updates from reputable organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in order to provide our patients and our community with valuable resources and testing. We are also doing our part in ensuring the safety of our facilities, patients, and staff during this time.
Types of COVID-19 Tests & Patient Information
Whether you believe you were exposed to infection, are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, or have other reasons for seeking a COVID-19 test, we at ER of Texas understand that you likely have many concerns and questions. Information on the novel coronavirus is continuously coming to light, and we are committed to providing you with the most up-to-date resources and advanced testing available.
There are two basic types of COVID-19 tests:
- Viral Tests: These are used to determine if a patient is currently infected with COVID-19
- Antibody Tests: These are used to determine if a patient may have been previously infected
Viral COVID-19 Tests
There are two types of viral tests:
- Molecular Tests (PCR): This is the most frequently recommended viral test for COVID-19. These tests identify viral genetic material which indicates infection. Mucus samples are collected (swabbed) from the nose or throat and sent for lab testing and analysis. PCR tests are highly accurate, but test results may take anywhere from 2 to 3 or up to 10 days.
- Antigen Tests: Antigen tests are also referred to as rapid tests, as they provide results in as little as 15 minutes or less. These tests identify specific viral antigens, which indicate that the patient is currently infected with COVID-19. Tests are conducted via analysis of a mucus sample (obtained via nasal swab) and are considered very accurate. According to the manufacturer, antigen tests are 98.6% accurate if positive and >94.7% accurate if negative.
What Is the Antibody Test for COVID-19?
The antibody test, as mentioned above, is used to determine whether a patient may have previously been infected with COVID-19. The test involves analyzing the patient’s blood for the presence of antibodies, which may indicate past infection of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus. It is important that antibody tests are not conducted too early; it can take a matter of one to two weeks after infection for the body’s immune system to produce antibodies. Testing too early can result in a false negative.
The antibody test is conducted via a blood draw, meaning your blood will be taken and sent to our on-site lab for analysis. In most cases, results are provided within one to two days, though they may occasionally take longer.
In order to provide the public with additional information regarding COVID-19, as well as our Lewisville COVID-19 testing services, we’ve compiled a useful FAQ section. If you need additional assistance, please contact us directly to speak to a member of our staff.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
COVID-19 symptoms can appear anywhere from 2 to 14 days after exposure. While those infected have reported a wide range of symptoms, some common COVID-19 symptoms include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of smell/taste
- Body aches
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
Additionally, emergency warning signs of COVID-19 include:
- Severe difficulty breathing
- Chest pains
- Pressure in the chest
- Bluish hue to lips or face
- Inability to awaken/rouse
If you or anyone else is exhibiting any of the above emergency warning signs, call 911. For all other concerning symptoms, contact your medical provider or seek emergency care.
Should I get tested for COVID-19 if I was around someone who had it?
If you were around someone who tested positive for COVID-19, the CDC recommends that you self-quarantine. The CDC defines being in “close contact” with another person as being “within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more.” Other forms of close contact include direct physical contact, sharing utensils used for eating or drinking, providing care, or being coughed or sneezed on by someone infected with COVID-19.
The best thing to do after coming into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 is to stay home for a period of 14 days and avoid all contact with others, including those who also reside in your home (if possible). You may wish to be tested for COVID-19 if you believe you were exposed but are not showing symptoms or must leave your home within the next 14 days (this is not recommended). We ask that you let us know if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms prior to coming to one of our facilities for testing or for any other services.
Do I have to make an appointment for COVID-19 testing?
No, you do not need to make an appointment.
Is it safe to visit an ER of Texas facility?
Yes, we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure a safe environment for our patients and staff during this time.
Some measures we are taking to prevent infection include:
- Following social distancing guidelines to minimize contact between patients in our waiting areas
- Frequent cleaning and full disinfecting of our emergency care facilities
- Requiring all patients and staff to wear proper face coverings/masks inside our facilities
- Providing our staff with training, information, and resources regarding safe practices
- Offering COVID-19 testing for patients in their vehicles or in designated areas of facilities
If you would like any additional information about the measures we are taking to keep you and our team safe, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at a location near you.
If you find yourself struggling with common symptoms relating to COVID-19, you must seek emergency help right away. You can contact us online or call us at a location near you. Our emergency care professionals at ER of Texas provide accurate testing and specialized treatment for patients in North Dallas and the surrounding areas.
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