COVID-19 Testing & Treatment
If you are currently ill with COVID, have COVID symptoms please schedule a virtual visit ASAP or do a virtual visit on demand. We have same day COVID PCR testing available for our patients *by appointment only.* If you need a COVID test after exposure or for travel, please call the office and we can help you schedule.
Please see this recently updated link from the CDC on isolation with illness and quarantine after exposure.
There are several treatments authorized for COVID-19 for individuals who are at high risk of progressing to severe COVID-19 as defined by the CDC. An appointment is required for a prescription and our providers are following the CDC guidelines for identifying high risk patients who may benefit from treatment. The treatments include Paxlovid (oral), Remdesivir (IV) or Molnupiravir (oral). Your provider can discuss with you the treatment options and if you may qualify and/or benefit. The medications are all under Emergency Use Authorization status at this time.
**RIMG is offering the MODERNA COVID-19 vaccines only**
When: As of 10/10/2022 we will begin offering the newest covid booster during your regularly scheduled appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays. Otherwise, please obtain it through your local pharmacy.
Where: Main Office: 1201 Seven Locks Road Suite 111
Do I need another Booster Vaccine?
Following the FDA approval, CDC now recommends one updated bilavent booster.
- People ages 12 years and older are recommended to receive one updated Pfizer or Moderna (bivalent) booster.
- Ideally at least 2 months since any last booster AND/OR at least 3 months since a COVID infection.
Can I get the COVID and other vaccines together?
YES! Current guidance for the use of COVID-19 vaccines states that these vaccines may be administered with other vaccines including the flu vaccine.
Where else can I get the Vaccine?
The vaccines are readily available at local pharmacies.
Should you get the COVID-19 vaccine?
RIMG strongly recommends that anyone eligible should get any COVID-19 vaccine when available to them.
Doing your part by getting vaccinated will help with possible COVID variants and reemergence of disease.
What do the COVID-19 tests detect?
PCR (Nasal Swab): This test will detect if you are actively infected with the COVID-19 virus. We have a Same-Day PCR test available!
Serum Antibody (Blood Test): This test will detect if you have had prior exposure to COVID-19 and/or have built an antibody for the virus from a vaccine. 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 and is not recommended as a screening test for immunity by the CDC. Despite a positive antibody test, the recommendation is to still practice universal precautions.
*Please note, that the FDA is advising against the use of SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests to evaluate immunity from Covid-19 after vaccination.*
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
- Asymptomatic travel
- After COVID-19 exposure
Serum Antibody (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. An order is required.
PCR testing is being completed at:
- Suite 216: Drive to the back of our building and park near the black ramp.
- *By appointment only*
- There is no access to SUITE 216 through the front of the building
- Please come at your designated appointment time
Serum Antibody Blood Test: Blood sample taken at a lab. An order is required.
How long will it take to receive my results and how do I view them?
PCR (Nasal Swab): Your results can be viewed via your patient portal account and you will receive an email/text notification once they are available. If you prefer a phone call with your results, please let your provider know.
Serum Antibody Blood Test: Generally, it will take about 2 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?
Same-Day PCR testing is done via the Cepheid system.