COVID-19 Testing

There are 2 types of COVID tests available, the PCR (Nasal Swab) and the Serum Antibody IgG blood test.

A virtual visit with one of our providers is required prior to testing to determine the type of test and the testing location that best fits your medical needs.

Please read below for more information regarding the available tests.

What do the COVID-19 tests detect?

PCR (Nasal Swab): This test will detect if you are actively infected with the COVID-19 virus.

Serum Antibody IgG (Blood Test): This test will detect if you have had prior exposure to COVID-19 and have built an antibody for the virus. For most viral illnesses, a positive antibody means prior exposure to a virus and some degree of immunity to future infection. As COVID-19 is a novel (new) infection, it is unclear if a positive antibody definitively offers immunity. Despite a positive antibody test, the recommendation is to still practice universal precautions.

What testing do I need?

PCR (Nasal Swab):

If you are actively experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you have a known COVID-19 exposure in the last 14 days

Serum Antibody IgG (Blood Test): 

– If you previously had COVID-19 symptoms (Fever, persistent cough, shortness of breath, body aches) and have recovered after 14 days.

– If you received a positive test result for COVID-19 and have recovered after 14 days.

How are these tests administered?

PCR (Nasal Swab): Administered via a nasal swab. Schedule a virtual visit with one of our providers for testing.

Serum Antibody Blood Test (Total or IgG): Administered via a blood sample.

How long will it take to receive my results and how do I view them?

PCR (Nasal Swab): **At this current time we are experiencing delays with our results, sometimes taking 7+ days due to nationwide demand.** Your results can be viewed via your patient portal account and you will receive an email/text notification once they are available.  

Serum Antibody Blood Test: Generally, it will take about 5 days to receive your antibody results. Your results can be viewed via your patient portal account and you will receive an email/text notification once they are available. 

What platform do you use for testing?

Molecular/PCR tests (active infection only) are sent to our commercial lab partners, LabCorp or Quest Diagnostics.

We are performing the Vitros SARS-CoV-2 Total Antibody test in our lab (tests for IgG, IgM and IgA- both active and past infection). This specific antibody test has approval for FDA Emergency Use and has a 100% specificity. If your insurance requires you to go to Labcorp or Quest for lab draws, then we can order through their platform. 

Modified Provider In-Office Schedule

PROVIDER IN-OFFICE SCHEDULE UPDATE AS OF 7/28/20

Currently, our in-office schedules have been modified to take safety precautions. Schedule may vary depending on provider time off and is not a guarantee of appointment availability. We remain available for virtual visits and may click here to schedule. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Rockville In-Office Provider Monthly Schedule

Olney In-Office Provider Schedule Weekly

RIMG Webinar Archive

RIMG WEBINAR ARCHIVE

These webinars have been a great source of creativity for us and we have had wonderful feedback from you. However, they require a number of staff members behind the scenes who will need to refocus their abilities as the office reopens. If you have an existing appointment and receive a call to reschedule, please understand that we are modifying our schedules to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.  

We would like to thank you for your attendance, feedback, and enthusiasm. We may continue webinars on a limited basis and will send updates as relevant. If you have comments regarding the webinars, please send them to rimg-webinar@priviamedicalgroup.com. Please see our archived webinars below. RIMG remains open for virtual visits and we are here for you. 

Sincerely, 

Rockville Internal Medicine Group


Archived Webinars

Click the links to access archived webinars and/or slides below. 

Coronavirus Advisory

ATTENTION – CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE AS OF 7/08/20

Dear Valued Patient,

We hope this message finds you well and healthy. Please note effective 04/06/20, our modified office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00-4:00pm. 

Our LAB remains open BY APPOINTMENT ONLY to maintain social distancing guidelines. 

*If you are coming into our office, please come alone and wear a mask.

We have a limited amount of testing available for COVID-19. If you are concerned for possible COVID-19, please schedule a virtual visit ASAP so we can assess if testing is warranted.

We are continuing to converting in-office visits into virtual visits until further notice. If you have any questions or concerns about upcoming visits, please call our office or send us a portal message. Your provider is in the best position to determine whether an in-person doctor’s office visit is essential at this time. 

Rockville Office: 301-762-5020, press 2. 

Olney Office: 301-933-5050, press 0.

Virtual visits are appropriate for a variety of care needs, including urgent or acute issues, routine follow-up visits, chronic care disease management, medication management, reviewing test or lab results, and lifestyle coaching. Virtual visits are also appropriate for Medicare Annual Wellness Visits and Routine Physical Examinations (with insurance providers Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna and United only). During your virtual physical we review lab results, ensure you are up to date on screening procedures, review family history, discuss healthy lifestyle and any symptoms or concerns you may be having. If deemed necessary for an in person evaluation after a virtual physical, we will do so. 

All RIMG providers and specialists have the ability to see you virtually! 

If it is deemed necessary to come into our office, we ask that you come alone, bring your own pen and wear a mask if possible. We regard it our duty and privilege to be available when you need us, especially in a situation like this. We are here for you!

For a virtual visit, you will need to download the myPrivia App on your mobile device OR if using a desktop, you will need Google Chrome, speakers, a camera, a microphone and a strong connection speed.

Download on the App Store - Telehealth Provider App Get it on Google Play - Patient Portal App
  1. Once you call our office to schedule a virtual visit you will receive an email with a link to “Start my Virtual Visit.”
  2. If applicable, you will add your insurance information and submit payment.
  3. Once the provider joins the virtual waiting room, click the blue button “Join Virtual Visit.”
  4. For a Virtual Visit tutorial click here.
We will continue to update this web page accordingly. Thank you for your understanding and helping to keep our patients and community as safe as possible.

Information & Resources to Navigate through COVID-19 Pandemic

Information on transmission, current cases, and signs/symptoms: 

Are you or a friend or family member older than 65? Register for Maryland’s FREE senior daily phone call check in program during the current COVID-19 crisis to ensure you or your loved ones remain safe during this difficult time. https://aging.maryland.gov/Pages/senior-call-check.aspx

Local stores offer early shopping hours for >60 and at risk individuals: If you are older than 60 years of age or considered an at risk individual, many local stores have early shopping hours for you to protect your safety. See list here: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS/Resources/Files/COVID19GroceryStores.pdf

Need a mask? Tutorial by CDC on how to make your own face mask to help protect yourself and slow the spread of COVID-19.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

Montgomery County Public Library has free virtual classes: exercise and others (non-exercise related), available through the following link. http://mcpl.libnet.info/

Comprehensive “SANITY SAVER” LIST: Includes free workout apps, virtual experiences, mental health care, top rated TV shows/ movies, resources for kids, and more! PDF

 

We Welcome Our New Providers!

RIMG is pleased to welcome the arrival of new providers to our team!

Linda Nguyen, MD joined our Endocrinology team in August 2019.
Pasindu Samarasinghe, MD joined our Internal Medicine team in August 2019.
Kharia Holmes, MD joined our Internal Medicine team in February 2020.                                        Christina Council, MD will join our Internal Medicine team in March 2020.

Please call 301-762-5020 opt. 2 to schedule an appointment today!