PCR COVID Test
We are following NY state guidelines related to recent travel.- https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory
Asymptomatic travelers entering New York from another country, U.S. state, or territory are no longer required to test or quarantine as of April 10, 2021.
REMINDER: If you are high risk or symptomatic, you will be subject to a virtual appointment and we encourage you to book an appointment for COVID Testing to rule out COVID-19 (need to return to work or school, want to visit relatives but want to rule out to have COVID as an asymptomatic carrier, need for travel).
*If you have been fully vaccinated (2+ weeks from 2nd dose, or the single Johnson & Johnson dose then the travel guidelines do not apply and you can be seen in the office at any point.
Note: Medical Offices of Manhattan does not test or treat anyone under 18 years of age; This includes all COVID Tests.
Please note – we have been provided feedback that for certain travel a PCR test result is required within 72 hours. The PCR swab that we send to the lab comes back in 1-3 business days and also now have a rapid PCR with results in one hour! Please check any travel requirements prior to scheduling to avoid any confusion.
2/23- As the New York metro area starts to open up safely, and people begin to plan to attend various live events like sports and concerts, in most cases a PCR covid test is required within 72 hours. Currently, our turnaround time on these tests is 1-3 days from the lab and we also have a rapid PCR with results within 1 hour.
COVID PCR Swab Test
- Purpose: Present infection
- Method: Swab
- Result in: 2-3 days
- Test: Hologic, Roche
- Cost: Covered by most insurances; self-pay $100
- FDA Emergency Use Authorization
The COVID Molecular PCR Test detects the genetic material of the virus using a lab technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). This test can also be called a PCR test. A health care worker will collect fluid from a nasal swab. You will be able to see results in three to five days if sent to an outside lab. The FDA approved certain COVID-19 at-home test kits, available only with doctor approval. The sample is then mailed to a lab for testing. We highly recommend consumers against buying unapproved home tests. This may be inaccurate and unsafe.
You should get COVID Molecular PCR Test if you:
- Think you may have COVID-19, but there is no rush to get results.
- No need for immediate results. Willing to wait 3-5 days.
- Would potentially like insurance to cover the test.
What Can You Expect From A COVID PCR Test?
The COVID PCR Swab Test is administered at the point of care by nasal swab by a licensed medical assistant or primary care provider. The results show whether a patient is positive with an acute COVID-19 infection within a few days.
What Test or Protocol Do You Use for the COVID-19 PCR Test?
The Medical Offices of Manhattan uses the: Test: Abbott ID Now
What Can I Learn From A COVID-19 PCR Test?
This test involves using a nasal swab to collect mucus and determine whether or not the COVID-19 virus is currently present. This test takes between 24-72 hours and is extremely accurate if you have a positive or negative result. It cannot determine whether you have had the coronavirus in the past and recovered but is highly useful for people who need to know for future plans within a week’s notice to know if they are currently infected with the virus.
What does the COVID PCR Test Cost?
The FDA-approved COVID PCR test cost is covered by most insurancesa or a self-pay of $100. All of our tests are required to be done through a consultation with one of our providers. The cost does not include the doctor consultation, which is covered by most insurance carriers. Currently, we are able to provide our patients with a bill that you can submit to your carrier for reimbursement. To see a list of insurances we work with and other billing information please visit our billing & insurance page.