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Progressive COVID-19 Virus/PCR Saliva Testing
We are offering FDA EUA authorized COVID-19 virus/PCR testing through saliva which is the most recent form of accurate virus testing and the most comfortable test for patients. Individuals simply need to deposit their saliva in a tube and an approved CLIA laboratory tests the sample.
Virus/PCR testing may be right for you if you are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or believe that you might have been recently exposed to the virus. Common COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath and many flu-like symptoms. People infected with the COVID-19 virus can have a range of mild symptoms to severe illness and the symptoms can appear two to 14 days after being exposed to the virus. Children have similar symptoms to adults but generally have a mild illness. Results from this type of test will help to diagnose whether you have an active COVID-19 infection.
Even if you do not have any symptoms it is recommended that you get tested in certain situations, for example: if you are a health care worker; first responder; congregate care facility resident or staff (includes nursing homes, assisted living facilities, managed residential communities, correctional institutions); or living in communities at high risk. You should also be tested, even if you are asymptomatic, if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 virus without having adequate protection. In addition, virus/PCR testing is also mandatory per certain travel regulations and for various medical procedures.
- A positive diagnosis can help guide you and your provider make an informed decision about self-isolating to protect your family, friends and coworkers.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I have any test-related questions, including those about portal registration, login issues and tech support?
Who should get tested for the COVID-19 Virus?
This test is for those who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 including the following: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell, or are believed to have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Testing may also be required prior to various medical procedures or travel restrictions.
When should you get tested for the COVID-19 Virus?
You should test for the COVID-19 virus when you have symptoms or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
Who should get tested for COVID-19 Antibodies?
This test is for those who are asymptomatic and who think they may have had the COVID-19 virus, or exposure to it, but have not experienced symptoms in at least 10 days.
What is a COVID-19 Virus (saliva) Test and how is it collected?
This COVID-19 saliva test is the most recent form of accurate COVID-19 virus testing, and the most comfortable test for patients. Individuals simply need to deposit their saliva in a tube and an approved CLIA laboratory will test the sample.
What do my COVID-19 Virus test results mean?
A positive result means you have an active COVID-19 viral infection and should immediately call your health care provider to share your results. Self-quarantine will help prevent the spread of the virus and protect those around you. If the results are negative, you do not currently have an active viral infection. It is however possible to have a very low level of the virus in the body with even with a negative test result.
How fast will I get my COVID-19 Virus test results?
The COVID-19 virus test results are reported within 72 hours through a HIPAA compliant online portal.
*See special turnaround time notice on our homepage for further clarification.
How do I use the saliva collection kit? (video)
How is the COVID-19 Antibody test sample collected?
The COVID-19 antibody test sample is collected through a simple painless blood draw.
Does a positive Antibody result mean that I am positive for the COVID-19 virus?
No, a positive result (“Detected”) means that your immune system has developed antibodies to combat the COVID-19 virus. It also means that you have been previously infected by the COVID-19 virus and that you may have some level of immunity to the COVID-19 virus.
How accurate is the antibody test?
Progressive Diagnostics offers an FDA EUA authorized antibody test with a sensitivity (true positive rate) of 100% and a specificity (true negative rate) of 97.4%.
How accurate is the COVID-19 PCR test?
Progressive Diagnostics offers an FDA EUA authorized PCR saliva test with a sensitivity (true positive rate) of 98% and a specificity (true negative rate) of 100%.
How fast will I get my COVID-19 antibody test results?
The COVID-19 antibody test results are reported within 24 hours through a HIPAA compliant online portal.
How much does each COVID-19 test cost?
If I use insurance
The CARES Act ensures that testing is free (no copays, no patient balance). Progressive Diagnostics will bill all commercial insurance and government plans $120 per test. Patients may see this charge on an Explanation of Benefits (EOB), but they will not receive an invoice from Progressive Diagnostics while the test is covered by the CARES Act.
If I pay cash
The cash pay price for an IgG Antibody test is $120 per test.
COVID-19 PCR Test
If I use insurance
The CARES Act ensures that testing is free (no copays, no patient balance). Progressive Diagnostics will bill all commercial insurance and government plans $150 per COVID-19 PCR test. Patients may see this charge on an Explanation of Benefits, but they will not receive an invoice from Progressive Diagnostics while the tests are covered by the CARES Act.
If I pay cash
The cash pay price for a COVID-19 PCR test is $150 per test.