COVID Testing, Treatment & Vaccines

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.

Additional PRIVIA covid testing sites, we may refer you to. 

Bethesda, MD BioReference PSC (p) 240-436-2543

  • 11404 Old Georgetown Road, #104 Bethesda, MD 20852
  • Schedule: Walk in – Monday – Friday 8am-4:30pm (closed 12:30-1p for lunch)

COVID-19 Vaccine

**RIMG is offering the MODERNA COVID-19 vaccine only**

When: By appointment only: Wednesdays and Fridays

Where: Main Office: 1201 Seven Locks Road Suite 111

How to Schedule: The fastest and most efficient way to schedule is through our online scheduling portal

Please complete the pre-vaccination checklist below and bring to your vaccine appointment.

Do I need another Booster Vaccine?

Following the FDA approval, CDC now recommends a *second* booster of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine to certain individuals. 

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 and state run clinics.

What is the COVID-19 vaccine?

There are currently three vaccines available in the US: Pfizer,  Moderna & Johnson & Johnson (Janssen). Pfizer and Moderna now have full FDA approval. 

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.

This is a helpful video explaining COVID vaccines and variants.

When can you get the COVID-19 vaccine?

All Marylanders 5 and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. Currently, Moderna and J&J are approved for age 18 and older and Pfizer is approved for age 5 and older.

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.