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Phoenix ER & Medical Hospital provides safe, fast, and effective COVID-19 testing to anyone who needs it. Based on your medical evaluation by one of our physicians, we offer PCR testing, rapid antigen testing, and/or antibody testing, described in detail below.
We understand the possibility of having the coronavirus can be nerve-racking, which is why our convenient location and minimal wait times allow you to get the answers you need fast!
If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, it’s important you get tested. Not only will you get the medical attention and advice needed, but you can also help stop the chain of transmission by informing those you’ve been in contact with and immediately self-isolating.
Symptoms of COVID-19
Symptoms can show up anywhere from 2-14 days after exposure, with the majority of people seeing signs within 5-6 days. If you start noticing the following symptoms and become concerned, make arrangements to get tested or visit us at Phoenix ER & Medical Hospital.
If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the emergency symptoms, call 911 and seek medical attention immediately.
Types of Tests Offered
For everyone’s safety, we ask that COVID-19 patients enter our facility through a separate entrance at the north emergency side of the building. For more information or to inquire about testing, please give us a call at 480-284-5867.
The antigen test consists of an analyzer device and matching test cartridges. Each cartridge encases biological components that show whether or not a sample contains fragments of SARS-CoV-2. By searching for proteins found on the surface of the coronavirus, antigen testing produces the quickest results.
How it’s done: A nasal swab sample is collected, and results come back in approximately 10-20 minutes.
A Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test picks up the presence of viral genetic material. PCR detects the RNA, or the genetic makeup of the virus, which can only be detected if someone is actively infected with the virus. This test can tell whether someone has the virus early on, even if they’re not showing symptoms yet.
How it’s done: This test uses a nasal swab to collect a sample, and results are typically back from the lab in a few hours.
Testing antibodies, also known as serologic testing, shows whether you have had the virus in the past. The Cellex test looks for two types of antibodies, IgG and IgM, which rise as the body mounts an immune reaction to fight off the SARS-COV2 virus. Testing the level of antibodies in someone’s blood is helpful because the antibodies would only be there if the person had been infected with the virus prior to the test.
How it’s done: A sample of blood is drawn and tested. Results take about 30 minutes.
For frequently asked questions about COVID-19 testing, click here.
Phoenix ER & Medical Hospital continues its commitment to improving the health and safety of our community, and we look forward to helping you!