COVID-19 PCR Test
Saliva Self-Collection Kit Instructions
Self-Collection and Drop-Off Instructions
To use your PCR saliva collection kit from Progressive Diagnostics, please follow the below steps:
- Complete the COVID-19 Patient Registration Form found here: Patient Registration Form. Note that this form must be filled out for every sample drop-off, regardless of whether you have tested with Progressive Diagnostics before or not.
- Print the email confirmation received after submitting the patient registration form. Fold this printout to 1/4 size and place it in the front sleeve of the biohazard bag that came with your kit.
- Collect your sample by following the steps outlined in the below Sample Collection Procedures section.
- Fill out your Test Identifier label and place it on the front of the biohazard bag that came with your kit. If you do not have a label, please write your full name, date of birth, and the collection date on the tube in permanent marker. Please do not cover up the barcode on the tube.
- Make sure the lid is on tight, and place the collection tube into the zip-lock part of the biohazard bag. Seal the bag firmly.
- Bring your specimen to one of the drop-off locations listed on this page.
Patient Registration Form
Scan this code with your phone to access the patient registration form on your mobile device.
238 Jewett Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06606
Hours: Mon – Fri, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sample Collection Procedures
Watch this short YouTube video demonstrating how to use the saliva collection device.
Getting Your Results
PRC results are reported directly to the patient via a HIPAA compliant and secure patient online portal. Results typically average less than 48 hours, unless there are spikes in volume, which case they may take up to 72 hours.
You will receive a portal enrollment email containing a link and instructions for setup. You will be notified by email when your results are ready in the portal.
Once registered, you can directly access the portal here: Results Portal
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
My doctor said that most antibody tests are not accurate. How accurate is this antibody test?
Progressive Diagnostics offers a test with accuracy that is among the highest reported values of all FDA EUA authorized tests. It has a sensitivity (true positive rate) of 100% and a specificity (true negative rate) of 97.4%.
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?
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 antibody test and $150 per virus 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.
The cash pay price for an antibody test is $120 and for a virus test it is $150 per test.