COVID-19 Rapid Testing in South Plainfield & Edison, NJ

AFC Urgent Care South Plainfield offers the Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 rapid test to detect cases of the live COVID-19 virus. This rapid test provides positive results in 5 minutes and negative results in 13 minutes.  It is performed via a molecular instrument, which is more accurate than rapid antigen tests. The Abbott ID NOW test is available under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA. Click here for more information showing the Abbott ID NOW’s COVID-19 testing performance of 95.0% sensitivity and 97.9% specificity within seven days of symptom onset. If you have recently been exposed to someone who has subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 or are exhibiting symptoms of the virus, visit AFC Urgent Care South Plainfield for rapid testing.

We test symptomatic and asymptomatic patients aged 8 years and older pursuant to an encounter with one of our medical providers. Patients seeking rapid testing must present at our center no later than 6:00pm on weekdays and no later than 3:00pm on weekends. These deadlines may be revised earlier depending on patient volumes and capacity constraints. The Abbott rapid COVID-19 test is covered by most, but not all, of the insurance plans that we currently accept.  Patients who are insured with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, AmeriHealth, and MagnaCare, however, must pay a $50 upfront fee since those insurance companies do not cover the Abbott rapid test.  All other insurances that we currently accept, including Medicare, cover the cost of the Abbott rapid test with the exception of UnitedHealthCare and Oxford whose patients are only eligible for the outside lab PCR test. Uninsured patients eligible for covid testing under the federal government’s HRSA program are also only eligible for the outside lab PCR test.  We do not currently accept Medicaid patientsIf you have recently tested positive for covid-19, you may not present at our center for a covid-19 test until you have completed the requisite 14-day isolation period.

What should I do to prepare for my rapid test?

When you arrive at AFC Urgent Care South Plainfield for a rapid test, please make sure you are wearing a mask or protective face covering over your nose and mouth. This should only be lowered when asked by our clinical staff in order to collect the testing sample. The sample will be collected by taking a gentle swab of your upper nasal cavity, which is processed on-site. The swab, which only takes a brief moment, is mildly uncomfortable and should not cause any pain.

How does the rapid test detect the presence of COVID-19?

When the sample is processed on-site, it is combined with a mix of chemicals that break apart the virus (if it is present in your sample). The genetic material of the virus is then replicated in targeted molecules from your sample, which detect the presence of the active virus. The result is displayed on the device’s screen and printed. A member of our clinical staff will provide you with a printout of your result prior to your departure.  

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms of COVID-19 can be different, depending on the case. While some positive patients have experienced little to no symptoms, others have experienced more severe symptoms. Some common symptoms associated with COVID-19 include:

  • Sudden loss of smell and/or taste
  • High fever of over 102 F
  • Dry cough
  • Chest and nasal congestion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Head, muscle, and full body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea

COVID-19 Rapid Testing in South Plainfield & Edison, NJ

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus, visit AFC Urgent Care South Plainfield today. Testing is available seven days a week, with results in minutes. Walk-ins are welcome and most insurance plans are accepted.  For more information, please call 908-222-3500.