COVID-19 PCR Testing Outside Lab
DOC-AID Urgent Care & Walk-in Clinic offers COVID-19 PCR Testing with outside lab processing. Results generally take 3-4 business days.
NOTE: There is an extensive amount of paperwork involved with COVID testing. It is advised
that you book a visit on-line and fill out all paperwork BEFORE you arrive to expedite your visit.
We serve patients throughout Laredo and the surrounding area including Ranchos Penitas West, Islitas, Botines,Laredo, Hebbronville, Zapata, Carrizo Springs, Cotulla and Eagle Pass. Nye, and Webb. For more information, please call us.
COVID-19 PCR TEST LAB PROCESSING
A PCR test is a viral test that tells you if you have a current infection. Two types of viral tests can be used: nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) and antigen tests. NAATs detect genetic material (nucleic acids). NAATs for SARS-CoV-2 specifically identify the RNA (ribonucleic acid) sequences that comprise the genetic material of the virus. (source: CDC)
In some cases a sample may be sent to an outside laboratory for processing. Results for these tests take around 2-3 business days (weekends and holidays may delay processing). PCR Tests are considered the gold standard and rely on DNA amplification to produce consistent, reliable results. Results are usually ready in 2-3 days.
What does a positive COVID-19 PCR test result mean?
There are two possible scenarios:
If you receive your test 5-7 days after a known exposure; YES, you most likely have an active infection. Your medical provider is the best source for an accurate diagnosis. Talk to your provider for more specific information.
If you are re-testing or it is 10 days past symptom onset, a positive PCR test at this time could be due to the remnant RNA in your system. In this case you would not be considered contagious. This type of assessment requires a medical evaluation by your provider. Talk to your provider for more specific information.
What does a negative COVID-19 PCR test result mean?
A negative PCR test result means that you most likely DO NOT have a current infection.