FAQs

ABOUT OUR COVID-19 TESTING

There are a number of places you can get tested for COVID-19. Doctors’ offices, drug stores, hospitals, and sites like Test Now and Go, are all viable options. Test Now and Go is an easy and convenient way to receive a COVID-19 test because we do not require a referral from a doctor or health services professional.

There are a number of different tests available today.

The PCR test is the gold standard when it comes to diagnosing COVID-19. Due to its 99% specificity and sensitivity, the GENETWORx test picks up the virus earlier than other laboratory tests, resulting in 99% accurate results and a significantly reduced risk of false negatives.

Antigen tests work by detecting specific proteins on the surface of the virus and results can be delivered within 15 minutes, but antigen tests have a higher rate of false-negatives.

Rapid Molecular PCR tests work by rapidly copying the virus’s genetic material and amplifying the virus’s genetic material as the test is running. This allows molecular tests to detect whether SARS-CoV-2 is present at much lower viral levels.

Results are delivered directly to your smartphone or tablet. Our PCR tests are sent to our laboratory for processing and results are available within 24 hours of collection. Molecular tests deliver results in 60 minutes or less. Antigen tests results can be delivered in 30 minutes.

At Test Now and Go, you only need to register, arrive at one of our locations, and provide valid ID and form of payment to get tested for COVID-19. Our collection specialists will administer the test. If you are walking up to the test site, our staff will uphold all recommended state and federal standards for safety while administering your test.

One of our collection specialists will administer the test by gently inserting a small swab into the patient’s nasal cavity. The swab is used to collect a small amount of mucus. The mucus is a common place for the virus to grow and, therefore, will provide viral RNA if the patient is currently infected with COVID-19.

General Information

Yes, it is quite possible to have COVID-19 and not display any known symptoms of the virus. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, believes roughly 40 percent of Americans with COVID-19 are asymptomatic. Even if you are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, the CDC recommends everyone get tested before traveling, attending events or gatherings, or if they have come in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

The CDC recommends you get tested for COVID-19 if you are displaying any symptoms of the virus, if you were within 6-feet of a COVID-infected person for more than 15 minutes, or after you participate in any large gatherings. Additionally, you should be tested for COVID-19 if specifically instructed to do so by your healthcare provider or a member of the state or federal health services department. Anyone who is planning to travel or attend an event might be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result for a test administered within the last 72 hours.