There are two kinds of tests available for COVID-19:
A viral test tells you if you currently have an infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Molecular and antigen tests are types of viral tests. Viral tests are also called diagnostic tests.
An antibody test tells you if you previously had an infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This type of test is also called a serological test.
A viral test tells you if you have a current infection. Two types of viral tests can be used: nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) and antigen tests. PCR tests are a type of NAAT test, and is our most sensitive (detects the disease when present) and specific (is accurate when a positive) test. Test results are available typically within 48 hours or less.
CDC recommendations include s that anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection.
Certain groups are considered high priority for diagnostic testing. These include people with COVID-19 signs and symptoms who:
You may want to test for infection if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing one or more symptoms associated with COVID-19 that may be caused by the virus.
Additionally, you may be required to have a negative test for work, to fly on an airplane, or to participate in various other activities.
If you get tested because you have symptoms or were potentially exposed to the virus, you should stay away from others pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.
The test is performed by taking a sample by swabbing the inside of your nose or you may provide a saliva sample.
Exposure to COVID-19 or having had the COVID-19 vaccine causes your body to produce antibodies as part of your immune response. Our rapid COVID-19 Antibody test quickly checks for antibodies to COVID-19 with results while you wait typically in less than 15 minutes.
An antibody test (also known as a serology test) might tell you if you had a past infection. Antibody tests should not be used to diagnose a current infection.
Stay Safe and Be Sure with Covid Testing at iMed.MD
Can you tell me about the lab you use for RT-PCR testing?
Founded in 2015, our are a CLIA Certified and CAP Accredited Laboratory and have two CLIA Certified molecular labs. We use high throughput RT-PCR testing supporting States, Municipalities, Airports, School districts, hospitals, community and drive thru sites, US Navy and the movie, oil, sports, and fishing industries.
Why come to us for testing as an individual, organization, private school or work site?
Our testing is based on was founded on a simple premise “It’s more than a test”. This translates into an organization that constantly improves and challenges the status quo, including the very best technologies.
What Test Do You Use?
Using leading science with a 4 gene RT-PCR test to minimize false positive and negative results; 3 COVID targets and a fourth control to ensure the collection was valid. We have >99% Sensitivity and Specificity and all our positive samples go to the appropriate State Labs for sequencing, who have confirmed we detect all known variants of concern. See our Patient Fact Sheet here.
What Types of Testing Do You Offer?
We have Rapid Antigen Covid tests when you need same day results. RT-PCR tests are sent out and are typically processed by the following evening. RT-PCR tests can be done by either nasal swab or saliva testing. Our tests are validated for Nasal Anterior (Gentle front of nose, “Brainswab” NOT required!), Nasal Midturbinate, Nasal Pharyngeal, Oral Pharyngeal, and Saliva testing. The most common tests are the Nasal Anterior/Midturbinate and Saliva.
Which Type of Test is Better?
All tests processed in the lab use the exact same technology and equipment. They have the same accuracy, specificity, and turnaround time. So, the best type of test is the one that you are most comfortable with.
What Age Can You Test?
The Nasal Anterior/Midturbinate and Saliva tests are allowed for anyone 1 year or older.
Is PCR Better than Rapid Tests?
RT-PCR is the gold standard for COVID-19 testing providing the highest levels of accuracy. The rapid antigen test is best suited for those patients that are actively experiencing symptoms or need a test result the same day, but may not detect the virus early in illness. We recommend that negative rapid tests in patients with symptoms are followed by a RT-PCR test. Our rapid turn-around for RT-PCR tests helps get answers sooner.
How does the System Work?
We support the full set up to manage a highly efficient end to end process using our state-of-the-art web-application. The QR Code technology streamlines the registration, testing, resulting, and reporting processes. Federal, State, and Local (Where required) mandated reporting is also fully automated through the system.
When do I get my Results?
We typically have a 24-hour turnaround from when a test arrives at the lab, provided the sample and documentation meets all testing criteria. We overnight our samples to the lab daily M-F. Although great care is made for every sample, we are not responsible for testing or documentation errors done at the testing site, external shipping, or lab rejection of samples. Delays may occur that are outside our control.
How do I get my results?
Results are sent directly to you via the email address that you used to register. You can also opt in to receive your results via SMS text message. Check your wireless carrier for information on message and data rates. You will receive two separate emails, and, if you opt in for SMS, you will receive two text messages for each result. You will receive a Health Pass and can download a full result report in case you a printed version.
Could I Have a False Positive?
Most commonly we see this question when a patient has received a Positive result from the RT-PCR lab tests and then took a secondary rapid antigen test. There are two possible reasons for the differing results. First, in the time between when the patient took the first test and when they got the results of the second, they could be below the cutoff for a Positive result. Second, rapid antigen tests can be less accurate, so they may have a false negative.
How Do I Understand My Results?
The RT-PCR test can have four different results:
- Positive. The sample is COVID Positive. You should take actions based on Federal, State, and/or Local guidance.
- Negative. The sample is COVID Negative.
- Inconclusive. This is NOT a Negative or Positive result. The lab could not be 100% certain of the results in the sample. We do not release results that are “close enough” or “maybe correct”.
- Invalid. This is NOT a Negative or Positive result. Either the lab could not run your sample due to damage or missing documentation, or the DNA on the sample was degraded beyond use.
How Do I Log In?
You will need two devices, one with your registration QR code, and the other to actually log in. Use your browser to go to www.beechtree.rymedi.com. Once logged in, you can view your test and download details from your test history as well as edit your personal or insurance information.
Can I Travel Using Your Test?
Yes, with one exception, Hawaii. Patients have used the report and Health Pass from the Rymedi system to travel to many destinations around the world. Unfortunately, we have not been added to the Hawaii “Trusted Testing Partner Program” yet. We are working very hard to be added as quickly as possible. When testing for travel, there are several important things to keep in mind:
- You must check with all travel destinations to determine how long your test is valid. Most locations are 72 hours from the test date, but some do differ.
- Ensure that you test with enough time for your sample to travel to the lab. In most cases, your sample will arrive at the lab the next day, but there are exceptions. Please discuss your travel needs with us .
- For travel outside the United States, you MUST have your Passport or Travel Document Number entered in your registration. You can enter this by logging in yourself or contact us for assistance.
Is My Personal Information Secure?
Yes. The Rymedi system uses blockchain encryption. Additionally, users of the system are limited to only those that have a legally demonstrated need.
Do You Share My Information?
Our clinic and the lab only share your information as required by law and/or as detailed in the testing contracts with our clients and/or testing partners. We must send testing information to Federal, State, and Local agencies for all PCR tests conducted. We DO NOT share, sell, or give access to your personal information to other groups, companies, or parties outside of our contracts with clients and/or testing partners. Innovative Medical LLC is not responsible for the actions of our clients or testing partners.
How Much will COVID-19 tesing Cost?
ZERO OUT OF POCKET COST*. For or RT-PCR testing, we use a full-service laboratory with years of experience billing insurance and HRSA for the CARES Act, so there is no cost to you for COVID testing, *unless you choose a cash product at our clinic. As required by the CARES Act you won’t get a bill for individual testing. Insurance covers testing and the CARES Act covers tests for uninsured. For insured patients, you may receive a Statement of Benefits from your insurance provider.
Are Homeless, Undocumented Immigrants, or Those Without Insurance Covered?
Yes. The CARES Act is clear on all of these different circumstances.