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 before you arrive at the clinic to be tested. Setting up your patient portal account is an important step because it’s where you will find your results and communicate with our team if you have any questions. Here are some tips for getting the best use out of your patient portal account.

  • Register for a patient portal account here.
  • Accept that you agree to the criteria listed. If you’re only getting a COIVD-19 test, meeting the criteria does not apply to you. Be sure you hit the button that says NONE.
  • Validate your phone number so you can receive a text letting you know when your results become available.
  • Save your password and security questions somewhere safe.
  • The portal prompts you to schedule an appointment. Since we do not schedule appointments for COVID-19 testing, you can ignore this prompt. You can walk-in anytime. No appointment needed!

If you need additional assistance setting up your patient portal account, you can find patient portal support here.

Learn About Your Payment Options

Prior to visiting the clinic, tap into our resources for COVID-19 testing costs. We are waiving all copays for COVID-19 testing. Depending on your insurance coverage, testing could be completely covered. You can find more information about the cost of testing here. If you are an uninsured patient, you can find more information about the program launched by the Department of Human Health Services (HHS) here. This program allows us to extend COVID-19 testing to patients without insurance.

What to Expect When Getting Tested

Walk into the clinic, sign in, and tell the front desk staff about your symptoms. We have masks available for you. If you’d prefer to wait in your car until your name is called, you are welcome to do so. Simply give the front desk staff your number so they can call or text you. You can find additional safety precautions we are taking here.

Next, you will be called back to a room and meet with a provider and the specimen is collected. If you are being tested for an active infection, you will receive a viral test. This sample is collected with a swab that reaches in the back of the throat. (Similar to a strep test you might have had in the past.) You can learn more about the COVID-19 viral test here. If you are being tested for antibodies, a blood draw will be administered. You can learn more about the COVID-19 antibody test here.

After collecting a specimen, MainStreet sends it to the lab for testing.

Getting Your Test Results

You can expect to receive your test results in 4-6 days. Once your test results come in, they will be available in the patient portal. If you verified your phone number, you should receive a text letting you know your results are available. Once you receive the message, you can take the following steps:

  • Log in to your patient portal account.
  • Once your results are available, click on messages.
  • If you’re having issues, questions, or concerns, the portal is the best way to reach out to our COVID-19 response team by submitting a form here.
  • You may or may not have an attachment along with your results.
  • If you need your results for an upcoming medical procedure or to give to an employer, screenshot or print your results from this screen or the attachment.
  • If you have further questions or need to reach out, feel free to reach us through the portal.

We hope this helps you know what to expect from the COVID-19 testing process.