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COVID-19 Guidance and Testing, click here

 

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COVID-19 Testing

All CareMount COVID-19 testing remains approved under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization. None of the COVID-19 tests that CareMount performs have been recalled.

For facts and information on PCR testing, click here.

 

Results of the routine RNA Nasal Swab Test may take up to 3 days.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Guidance on Testing

How do I make an appointment for COVID-19 Testing?

1) Appointments for COVID-19 RNA testing (PCR or equivalent, not antigen testing) in our new Drive-Thru locations can be made online HERE. This option is for patients who need travel clearance, require a procedure, or who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. This does not include a medical evaluation.
2) For an in person office visit schedule your appointment with your CareMount primary care provider. As of March 7, 2022 same day PCR testing is available upon request at all Urgent Care locations.
3) If you are experiencing any signs of illness or are sick, you cannot use this drive-thru service. Instead, contact your provider for an appointment and evaluation. Or as always, you can be seen in our urgent care locations.
*Please note that all individuals under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Where is the Drive-Thru testing available and what are the hours of service?

Testing is held Monday-Friday from 9 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 5pm at the locations listed below. Please continue to check this page for updates.
• Poughkeepsie Oakwood, 2515 South Road, Poughkeepsie, 845-202-6656
• Carmel/Brewster Campus, 185 New York 312 Southeast Executive Park, Brewster, 845-202-6655
• Mount Kisco, 360 North Bedford Road, located in the rear of the Mt. Kisco Urgent Care, 914-302-8603

What kind of test is performed at the Drive-Thru locations?

CareMount performs COVID-19 RNA testing via nasal swab using the Hologic Panther. The Hologic Panther performs NAAT TMA testing. This is equivalent to PCR, and has been shown to be more accurate than almost any PCR test on the market. It is accepted by FAA for flying, most countries in the world for travel, all US and State Government agencies and by all school districts in the tri-state region.

What tests does CareMount offer for COVID-19? 

CareMount Medical offers the Antibody test (blood draw) and the RNA test (nasal swab) for COVID-19. At this time, testing is one of most important things we can do to contain and prevent the spread of the virus. The true advantage of both of these diagnostic tests is that we will try to use them to break the chain of transmission and have a clearer picture of the spread of the virus.

Antibody test (blood draw)

This test tells you whether you have been exposed to the virus, and whether your body has reacted to the virus. Unfortunately, it does not tell you if you are immune to the virus. You cannot use this test to get out of quarantine. If this antibody test shows that you may have a recent infection, you will need the RNA nasal swab to confirm that. Rest assured, CareMount’s antibody testing is performed on an FDA approved, highly reliable analyzer. We do not use the 5-minute kits that provide questionable results. More FAQ’s about the Antibody Test can be found here.

RNA test (nasal swab)—often referred to as a PCR, or PCR Equivalent

This test starts with a soft swab that is rubbed in both of your nostrils. It does not require that the swab be plunged deeply into your nose. For everyone’s safety, you may be asked to rub the swab around your own nose. This test provides evidence that the virus is presently in your body. It may tell you that you have an active COVID-19 infection, or that the virus is being carried in your body. It may also mean that you are infectious. RNA tests are used to directly detect the presence of an antigen (parts of the virus), rather than the presence of the body’s immune response, or antibodies.

The COVID-19 RNA nasal swab test is sometimes referred to as a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction). Not all highly accurate COVID-19 RNA tests are PCR’s. PCR is just one type of nucleic acid amplification technique (NAAT). CareMount offers both COVID RNA PCR and something called NAAT TMA testing. The NAAT TMA testing we perform is amongst the most accurate COVID tests available in the world.

Some people and organizations are under the mistaken belief that the only reliable RNA test is PCR. All reliable COVID-19 RNA nasal swab testing is NAAT, and types of NAAT include PCR. You may need to inform your school/camp of this. NAAT testing is accepted by the FAA, all US governmental agencies, most foreign governments for travel (check entry requirements before traveling) and public school districts.More FAQ’s about the RNA test (nasal swab) can be found here.

If your RNA test is positive, you will need to be in isolation.   Anyone in close contact with you will be required to be in quarantine for 10 days as a precaution.  Your local Department of Health will be in contact with you. If this is not your first positive RNA test (you have tested positive before), you may not require isolation.  Discuss that with your provider.

The COVID-19 RNA nasal swab test is sometimes referred to as a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction).  Not all highly accurate COVID-19 RNA tests are PCR’s.  PCR is one type of nucleic acid amplification technique (NAAT).  CareMount offers COVID RNA (PCR and NAAT) and antibody testing in offices throughout New York.

Some camps and schools are under the mistaken belief that the only reliable RNA test is PCR.  All reliable COVID-19 RNA nasal swab testing is NAAT, and types of NAAT include PCR.  You may need to inform your school/camp of this. More FAQ’s about the RNA test (nasal swab) can be found here.

CareMount does not perform COVID Antigen testing, which can be inaccurate, and requires confirmation by PCR or equivalent testing.

Once you are tested, if your test is negative, you will receive the result via email.  If you are positive, you will get a call from our practice.

Please note that by law, all results are reported to the NYS Department of Health, or the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. If your RNA test is positive, you will need to be in isolation.   Anyone in close contact with you will be required to be in quarantine for 10 days as a precaution.  Your local Department of Health will be in contact with you. If this is not your first positive RNA test (you have tested positive before), you may not require isolation.  Discuss that with your provider.Due to overwhelming demand, at this time, CareMount cannot offer rapid COVID-19 testing in our urgent care centers for: travel, after exposure to COVID, for employment or school or for procedures.  We will be offering testing for these purposes in our new drive-thru locations, and by arrangement with your primary care provider.

How will I get my results?

If your test is negative, you will receive the result via email. If you are positive, you will get a call from our practice.

I am traveling out of the country, and I see on that country’s website that they only accept PCR. What do I do?

Please contact your provider’s office and arrangement for PCR testing can be made. This really affects very few countries if you check their entry websites.

In the Labs, are sick and well patients separated for COVID testing?

Yes. Our screening process is such that if a patient presents with symptoms of COVID, they will be tested in an area away from our usual lab space. This allows us to keep sick and well patients separated.

Who performs the test?

The Antibody test (blood draw) is performed by our CareMount staff. For the RNA test (nasal swab) your provider will determine if they will perform the test or you will be asked to perform the nasal swabbing yourself, under the supervision of staff.

When will I get results?

Results will generally be available in 24-48 hours. Please note that by law, all results are reported to the NYS Department of Health, or the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

The Antibody test (blood draw) is readily available. Results should be available within 36 hours of your blood draw. We want to emphasize that you must be careful with the antibody test results. Having antibodies does not mean that you can stop socially isolating or wearing masks, and it does not mean that you can stop taking precautions against spreading or getting the virus. We do not know if having antibodies will prevent you from getting COVID-19 again. The good news is that having antibodies to the COVID-19 virus may make you eligible to donate plasma.

How much does it cost to get tested?

COVID-19 Antibody and RNA testing is covered by most insurances.
If you do not have insurance the following charges apply:
COVID-19 Total Antibody (blood draw)- Charge $55 per test
If your Total Antibody is positive, you will get a second test called an IgG. That will also be a $55 charge
COVID- 19 RNA test (nasal swab) – Charge $117

Symptoms of COVID-19

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild symptoms to severe illness.
It is likely that more than half of all people infected had no symptoms at all. Symptoms that may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:
• Fever
• Chills—with or without shaking
• Cough
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Muscle pain or being very achy
• Headache
• Sore throat
• Runny nose
• New loss of taste or smell
• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Diarrhea
If you develop any of these symptoms, get medical attention immediately:
• Trouble breathing
• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
• New confusion or inability to arouse
• Bluish lips or face

Travel and Quarantine During COVID-19

For the latest NY travel advisory information please CLICK HERE.

Virtual Visits

Concerned about COVID-19? See your doctor today. Schedule a Virtual Visit here.

 


Fact Sheets for Patients:

Aptima SARS-CoV-2 assay – Hologic Fact Sheet for Patients

Biofire COVID-19 Test Fact Sheet for Patients

Biofire Respiratory Panel with COVID-19 Fact Sheet for Patients

VITROS Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Total N Antibody Reagent Pack used in combination with the VITROS Immunodiagnostic Products Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Total N Antibody Calibrators for Patients

VITROS Anti‐SARS‐CoV‐2 IgG Quantitative Reagent Pack used in combination with the VITROS Immunodiagnostic Products Anti‐SARS‐CoV‐2 IgG Quantitative Calibrator- For Patients

VITROS Immunodiagnostic Products Anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG Reagent Pack Fact Sheet for Patients

VITROS Immunodiagnostic Products Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Total Reagent Pack Fact Sheet for Patients

Xpert Xpress SARS-Cov-2-Cepheid Fact Sheet for Patients

Fact Sheets for Healthcare Providers:

Aptima SARS-CoV-2 assay – Hologic Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers

Biofire COVID-19 Test Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers

Biofire Respiratory Panel with COVID-19 Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers

VITROS Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Total N Antibody Reagent Pack used in combination with the VITROS Immunodiagnostic Products Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Total N Antibody Calibrators- For Healthcare Providers

VITROS Anti‐SARS‐CoV‐2 IgG Quantitative Reagent Pack used in combination with the VITROS Immunodiagnostic Products Anti‐SARS‐CoV‐2 IgG Quantitative Calibrator -For Healthcare Providers

VITROS Immunodiagnostic Products Anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG Reagent Pack Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers

VITROS Immunodiagnostic Products Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Total Reagent Pack Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers

Xpert Xpress SARS-Cov-2-Cepheid Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers