We have three different COVID-19 tests available at Med-Stop. We can perform a Rapid Antigen or a Rapid Molecular test, the ID NOW by Abbott Labs. In addition, we can swab you for a PCR test and send it to an outside lab.
We are an Urgent Care Center specializing in acutely ill and injured patients. To assure the best testing and treatment strategy, everyone will be evaluated by an experienced medical provider. We may include other medical testing if indicated.
If we utilize an outside lab, for any testing, you and/or your insurance company will be billed by them in addition to our medical evaluation charges.
Health insurance will usually cover appropriate COVID-19 testing for sick and exposed patients. Co-pays and other deductibles may apply. Travel and Event Entrance testing are NOT billed to health insurance, as they are rarely a covered benefit.
Our cash-price for the Rapid Molecular ID NOW test is $75. Our Rapid Antigen cash price is $50. The cash price for the outside lab PCR test is set by them. These testing charges do not include the cost of the medical evaluation.
We are proud to be the first Urgent Care Clinic to join the Test to Treat Program, in San Luis Obispo County. Patients who are within the first 5 days of their COVID-19 symptoms, with a positive test, will be assessed for the "high-risk" conditions that may qualify them for inclusion in this Test to Treat Program.
If you have a qualifying high-risk condition and no contraindication (which is usually based on medication interactions) we may offer you treatment with Paxlovid. After discussion about the risks, benefits, and alternative treatments, if the patient and medical provider feel it is a good plan, we will dispense the Paxlovid at no cost to you.
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You can learn more about the COVID-19 Test Guidelines here:
For more general information about COVID-19:
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. COVID-19 can cause fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Most people with COVID-19 will have a mild cold and get better with appropriate home care and without the need to see a medical provider.
What is the test for COVID-19?
The healthcare worker will take a sample of fluid from your nose with a nasal swab. This fluid will undergo special PRC testing at an outside lab.
What does a negative test result mean?
A negative test result means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in your sample. Usually this means you do not have COVID-19. However, it is possible for the test to give a negative result that is incorrect (false negative) in some people with COVID-19. We recommend home isolation for all respiratory illnesses at this time.
How do you treat COVID-19?
Most people recover on their own. Here are steps you can take to help you feel better:
When should I seek medical care?
If you have difficulty breathing, can’t keep fluids down, or get confused you should definitely seek medical care. Please be sure to notify the healthcare facility ahead of time so they can protect others from contracting your illness. If you do visit a healthcare facility, put on a mask to protect other patients and staff.
What is home isolation?
Home isolation is a way to help prevent the spread of the disease to other people in your home and community.