What is Coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a new respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible for a person to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes.

Is testing available?

Yes. In order to help serve our community of North County San Diego, Coastal Family Urgent Care is providing COVID-19 testing and COVID-19 antibody testing at our location. If you are an employer or healthcare organization looking for ways for your employees to safely return to work, we are able to provide COVID-19 testing and/or consulting services. If interested, please send an email with your business’ name, location, primary contact’s phone number and email, anticipated dates, and the estimated number of people to be tested to covid@coastalfamilyuc.com. For large groups, we ask you do not call the front desk. They will likely not be able to provide you with any additional information.

Who can get tested?

We are offering testing to all symptomatic or asymptomatic persons.

How much will it cost?

COVID-19 tests will be covered at no cost to the patient during the national public health emergency period. As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, health plans must cover COVID-19 tests that are FDA approved or authorized without prior authorization and at no cost to the enrollee.

IF YOU CURRENTLY HAVE SYMPTOMS….

If you are experiencing symptoms such as cough, fever or sneezing, or have had a recent exposure to a positive COVID-19 patient, please schedule a telemedicine appointment for a preliminary evaluation by a provider. If a test is recommended, we will arrange a time and provide instructions to have a nasopharyngeal swab test performed in your vehicle.

A nasopharyngeal swab will be performed and the SARS-CoV-2 RNA, Qualitative Real-Time RT-PCR test used to detect if the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is active.  Results are typically available within 1-3 days. The test used has been authorized by the FDA under an EUA. This type of test is checking for an active COVID-19 infection and should be used for those who currently have symptoms.

IF YOU CURRENTLY DO NOT HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS…

If you currently do not have any symptoms such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, or loss of taste, call our front office at 760.448.6650 to schedule a time to have a blood draw performed. When you call, you will be asked further screening questions to ensure this is the appropriate test for you.

A blood draw is performed to use the IgG antibody serology test. This test may help identify people who may have been previously exposed to or overcame SARS-CoV-2. This type of COVID-19 test is for individuals who think they may have had COVID-19 and do not currently have symptoms. This test must be performed at least 14 days after having symptoms to be effective. Results are typically available within 1-2 days. The test used has been authorized by the FDA under an EUA.

Why is testing important?

Although a positive or negative result may not change your immediate treatment, it is an important factor in determining your best course of care. Diagnostic testing is also an essential component for health care authorities to get a better sense of how this disease is spreading. The results may help guide containment strategies, prioritize actions and help researchers determine what is needed or effective.

Continue to practice social distancing (staying 6 feet away from other persons) and avoid large gatherings. Make it a habit to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Stay home when you are sick . Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or clean tissue. Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces including your electronic devices.

Patient safety….

In order to limit exposure to both patients and our healthcare care workers, anyone who wishes to have a test performed must call our office at 760.448.6650. You will be scheduled to speak to one of our providers on staff to discuss your best course of care and provide you with a test time and instructions.  If you are having a nasopharyngeal swab performed, we ask you remain in your vehicle when you arrive.

Prior to your appointment, please review our Notice of Privacy Practices, Patient Rights and Responsibilities and Telemedicine Patient Consent Form. These forms contain information about how medical information about you may be used and disclosed as well as your rights and responsibilities as a patient. In addition, please review our COVID-19 Testing Factsheet for information regarding the tests performed.

Note: The specimens obtained are sent to a third party laboratory facility for processing. The results of the tests performed should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude a present or previous infections status of SARS-CoV-2.