With the demand for COVID-19 testing increasing as the pandemic continues, Frontline ER has instituted a service to make the testing more accessible to the communities we serve.
By offering drive up, in-car testing, Frontline ER makes it more convenient to be tested for the virus. This is a drive-thru process and you do not see a physician. All patients are screened at the door and we have specific instructions for symptomatic patients. Everyone is required to wear a mask. Each patient is logged with time and are served on a first-come first-served basis. Wait times vary throughout the day because 80% of our patients choose to use insurance. The wait times at night are much less. We are open 24/7/365 for COVID-19 testing.
Because it is not a patient visit (as you do not see a doctor), you cannot file self pay on your personal insurance. An affordable self-pay price is available for those without insurance. We are allowed to accept Medicare as part of the Public Health Emergency (instead of the self-pay option). At this time, we do not accept Medicaid or TriCare.
This newer COVID-19 test detects proteins that are part of the virus. Once a nasal or oral swab is taken, results can be within 15 minutes. A positive antigen test result is considered very accurate. Still, there is an increased chance of false-negative results — meaning it’s possible to be infected with the virus but have negative antigen test results.
If you are very sick, you may consider seeing a physician. If you are showing signs of a fever, shortness of breath, coughing or headache, you should be seen by a physician to see if you require testing. Older adults or people who have severe underlying chronic conditions like heart or lung disease, diabetes seem to be at a higher risk. Please do not hesitate to see a doctor.
Should you have any further questions, please consult this additional information on our website or give us a call.