Faster turnaround time for PCR results allows more flexibility to travel, return to in-person work, school
WellNow Urgent Care announced its centers in New York will now provide patients with the results of their COVID-19 PCR tests within 24 hours – results that are widely accepted as travel documentation.
A press release stated, “This is a significantly faster turnaround time than the industry average, which typically requires two to four days for test results to be processed by an outside laboratory.”
No appointment is necessary, although patients can check testing times to receive their results the same day and book their test online.
“PCR testing is the gold standard of COVID-19 testing due to its sensitivity and accuracy,” said John Radford, M.D., president at WellNow Urgent Care. “As pandemic restrictions begin to ease and more people are traveling, returning to in-person work and school, and resuming events like weddings and live music, having access to PCR results within 24 hours is a gamechanger for patients eager to return to normal activities.”
COVID-19 PCR tests collected at all WellNow’s centers in New York will now be processed at WellNow’s in-house lab, reducing the timeline between when a patient is tested and when the results become available. Patients in need of COVID-19 testing can walk into their nearest center, no appointment necessary, or schedule a visit online.
COVID-19 antibody testing is also available at all WellNow locations. Additional information about COVID-19, including testing cost and insurance coverage, can be found at WellNow.com/covid-19/.
WellNow Urgent also provides walk-in service for non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses such as sprains, burns, colds and allergies, while also providing on-site X-rays, lab testing and physicals. Patients can speak with a WellNow provider virtually, 24/7, using the company’s telehealth platform. WellNow accepts most insurance, including Medicare, Medicaid, Fidelis and Veterans Affairs TriWest. A full list of services and locations can be found at WellNow.com.