Total Access Urgent Care announced this week it is providing a COVID-19 test that can provide results within 30 minutes. The tests are only offered at two of its 25 St. Louis-area locations for those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
The locations include the Florissant center, 1090 North Highway 67, and the South County center, 12616 Lamplighter Square. Appointments are not necessary, but patients can check in at totalaccessurgentcare.com or call 314-961-2255 for other testing options.
The two urgent care centers are using the Abbott molecular test, which analyzes nasal swabs and has been approved for emergency use by the FDA. The FDA warned two weeks ago, however, that it received 15 reports of possible inaccurate negative test results and is working with Abbott to address the problem.
“This test can still be used and can correctly identify many positive cases in minutes. Negative results may need to be confirmed,” Dr. Tim Stenzel with the FDA stated in a press release.
Total Access stated in its announcement that it’s the only health care organization in the St. Louis with “access to this testing capability.”
Missouri’s public lab Jefferson City takes 24 hours to process results once specimens are received, while private labs take anywhere from one to six days, said Lisa Cox with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Hospitals also have their own tests with quick turnaround.
Total Access’ health insurance partners have agreed to cover the cost of visits related to COVID-19, according to the company announcement. Uninsured patients will have to pay $99 up front. The cost will be submitted to a federal relief fund, and patients will be reimbursed later. The cost is not covered, however, for Medicaid patients.
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