Chappaqua, New York—April 29, 2020—CareMount Medical, P.C., the largest independent multi-specialty medical group in New York State, providing comprehensive medical care to over 665,000 patients in more than 45 offices throughout Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Columbia, and Ulster counties and New York City, has availability to test patients without any restrictions through its urgent care and office locations throughout New York. A complete list of open office locations can be found at www.caremountmedical.com.
CareMount patients who want to be tested can walk into a CareMount Urgent Care location or schedule a virtual visit with their provider online or by calling 1-833-525-0221. Non-CareMount patients can visit a CareMount Urgent Care location for evaluation and testing.
There are currently two types of COVID-19 testing available. Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing is used to detect the presence of COVID-19 virus and results are returned within 24-72 hours. The test is done by putting a swab into your nose. Antibody testing for COVID-19 antibody detection is also available through a blood draw. CareMount’s antibody testing is performed on a highly reliable analyzer. Complete results are turned around within 72 hours.
A positive result for PCR means you have evidence that the virus, or at least remnants of it, is still in your body, and you might be infectious. The antibody test only tells us if you have been exposed to the virus and your body made a reaction to it. Having antibodies to COVID-19 does not equal immunity. Masks must still be worn and social distancing should still be practiced. Having antibodies may make you eligible to donate plasma. All results will be communicated back to those tested by their provider’s office to discuss what the results mean and any next steps.
It is also important to remember a visit with a primary care provider is important to ensure patients who have chronic conditions receive the care they need. In addition, during these unique times, patients should stay up-to-date on necessary and important preventative health screenings and procedures.
“Patients can feel comfortable knowing they are working with their personal providers to get the care they need through this pandemic and beyond. Covid-19 testing is another step CareMount Medical has taken to provide seamless care to our patients and communities through provider offices, laboratories, and urgent care,” said Scott D. Hayworth, MD, President and CEO of CareMount Medical.
Updates on COVID-19 and CareMount testing can be found online at www.caremountmedical.com/coronavirus.