Viral Testing Blog

I Need a PCR Test…but What is it Exactly?

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Many people need a COVID-19 PCR test to go on vacation, go back to work, or a physician has requested a PCR test with negative results. So what is a PCR test? Does MainStreet offer PCR testing? Is it the same as rapid testing? Here we explain the difference between the two tests. By the… Read more »

Getting Employees Tested for COVID-19

Portrait of mid adult woman wearing face mask using digital tablet - working at warehouse / industry

Employers are researching how to get their employees tested for COVID-19. You may have already had an outbreak at your place of business. Maybe you have a only couple of employees that need to be tested. Either way, we know COVID-19 isn’t going away anytime soon and we can help your employees return to work… Read more »

How Do I Get a Rapid COVID-19 Test?

Coronavirus COVID-19 medical technician professional doctor hand giving a swab test.

How do you get a rapid COVID-19 test? We wish we could provide a simple answer. However, with patient volumes and testing at their max throughout Alabama, clinics are busy and there are long wait times. As a result, we’ve developed a contactless registration system for MainStreet and KidsStreet clinics. It does require a wait,… Read more »

COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Questions and Answers

Rapid test device for COVID-19

This post is about MainStreet’s COVID-19 rapid antigen test. All MainStreet clinics have a COVID-19 testing threshold based on the amount of staffing in each clinic. We are putting every effort to hire more people so that we can increase that threshold and get more people tested. We understand this is a difficult time for… Read more »

What to Expect: COVID-19 Testing

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We get a lot of questions about what to expect when you come into the clinic for COVID-19 testing. Here we’ll walk you through it and give you a few tips that might make testing and getting your results a little easier. Set Up a Patient Portal Account If you’d like, you can do this… Read more »

Should You Get Tested or Retested for COVID-19?

Infected Swab Test Sample in Doctor Hands. COVID-19 Epidemic and Virus Outbreak.

As summer begins and COVID-19 cases in Alabama increase, you may wonder, “When should I get tested? If I’ve been tested already, do I need to get retested?” The simple answer is this: anyone can walk-in to MainStreet Family Care to be tested at any time for the virus or for antibodies. MainStreet Family Care… Read more »

Summer Camp Safety During COVID-19

Two boys enjoying kayaking on lake on sunny summer day

Summer camp safety during COVID-19 is something many families are trying to navigate. In the midst of the pandemic, community summer programs are going to look a lot different this year. While some parents are deciding whether or not to send their children to camp, many others don’t have a choice. For many families, community… Read more »

What Families are Missing Most

A mother stands with her daughter, visiting senior parents but observing social distancing with a glass door between them. The granddaughter puts her hand up to the glass, the grandfather and grandmother doing the same. A small connection in a time of separation during the Covid-19 pandemic.

One thing many families are missing the most during the COVID-19 pandemic is EACH OTHER. Now that restrictions have been lifted and businesses are reopening, many families are coming together again and visiting with grandparents. Complete self-isolation is the only way to currently avoid getting ill. But many of us desperately need to connect with… Read more »

Patient Portal Support

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In the event that you’re needing patient portal support, just getting acquainted with your Family Select Patient Portal, or you have a Family Select Patient Portal account and need some assistance, we’ve listed a few tips that might be helpful. Do I need a Family Select Patient Portal account for COVID-19 testing? Yes, you must… Read more »

COVID-19 Testing for Uninsured Patients

We are excited to participate in a program launched by the Department of Human Health Services (HHS). This program is designed to reimburse healthcare providers and laboratories for providing COVID-19 testing to uninsured patients. This allows us to extend COVID-19 testing to patients without insurance. Our participation in the Uninsured Patient Program will be available… Read more »