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Rapid COVID-19 Test | When should you get tested?

Posted on November 11, 2020

Rapid COVID-19 Test—When should you get tested?

Many are asking when you should get the Rapid COVID-19 test. It is important to know that you should wait at least 4 to 5 days in quarantine after being exposed to someone with COVID-19 before getting the Rapid COVID-19 test. If you get the test too early, a false negative test result may occur, because you may not have a high enough level of viruses or antigens present in the body at the time the test is given.

Pam Shores, Director of Laboratory Services at South Central Regional Medical Center, said, “You should also get the Rapid COVID-19 test if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 which include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.”

“We are pleased to offer the Rapid COVID-19 test at two South Central Clinics—South Central Urgent Care in Laurel and Ellisville Medical Clinic. Both clinics provide walk-in services, so no appointment is necessary,” she said.

South Central Urgent Care in Laurel is open 7 days week–Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.; and 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on weekends.  Ellisville Medical Clinic is open 6 days a week– Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m; and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 12 noon.