Schedule Your COVID-19 Test
Click below to choose between a normal or rapid test and select your appointment time. Please wear a mask when entering the building. Steamboat Emergency Center is an ER and includes an evaluation by an ER Physician. Your insurance will be billed as an ER visit. If you are only looking for testing and not a physician evaluation, here is a link to order an at-home collection kit for a test. Please note, we are not affiliated the at-home kit.
IF YOU CHOOSE TO HAVE COVID-19 TESTING USING SALIVA INSTEAD OF A NASAL SWAB:
Please make sure not to eat, drink (including water), brush your teeth, use mouth wash, smoke, chew gum or tobacco 30 minutes before your appointment.
|MOLECULAR TEST||ANTIGEN TEST||ANTIBODY TEST|
|Also known as . . .||Diagnostic test, viral test, molecular test, nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), RT-PCR test, LAMP test||Rapid diagnostic test (Some molecular tests are also rapid tests)||Serological test, serology, blood test, serology test|
|How the sample is taken?||Nasal or throat swab (most tests) Saliva (a few tests)||Nasal or throat swab||Finger stick or blood draw|
|How long it takes to get results…||Same day (some locations) or up to a week||One hour or less||Same day (many locations) or 1-3 days|
|What it shows…||Diagnoses active coronavirus infection||Diagnoses active coronavirus infection||Shows if you’ve been infected by coronavirus in the past|
|What it can’t do…||Show if you ever had COVID-19 or were infected with the coronavirus in the past||Definitively rule out active coronavirus infection. Antigen tests are more likely to miss an active coronavirus infection compared to molecular tests. Your health care provider may order a molecular test if your antigen test shows a negative result but you have symptoms of COVID-19||Diagnose active coronavirus infection at the time of the test or show that you do not have COVID-19|
There are two different types of tests – diagnostic tests and antibody tests. You and your physician will discuss which test(s) are right for you. With the exception of at-home collection tests, all tests listed below are offered at Steamboat Emergency Center.
- A diagnostic test can show if you have an active coronavirus infection and should take steps to quarantine or isolate yourself from others. Currently there are two types of diagnostic tests which detect the virus – molecular tests, such as RT-PCR tests, that detect the virus’s genetic material, and antigen tests that detect specific proteins on the surface of the virus. [Offered at Steamboat Emergency Center]
- An antibody test looks for antibodies that are made by your immune system in response to a threat, such as a specific virus. Antibodies can help fight infections. Antibodies can take several days or weeks to develop after you have an infection and may stay in your blood for several weeks or more after recovery. Because of this, antibody tests should not be used to diagnose an active coronavirus infection. At this time researchers do not know if the presence of antibodies means that you are immune to the coronavirus in the future. [Offered at Steamboat Emergency Center]
There are some new diagnostic tests available with alternative methods and benefits.
- Rapid, point-of-care diagnostic tests use a mucus sample from the nose or throat but can be analyzed at the doctor’s office or clinic where the sample is collected and results may be available in minutes. These may be molecular or antigen tests.
- Saliva tests allow a patient to spit into a tube rather than get their nose or throat swabbed. Saliva tests may be more comfortable for some people and may be safer for health care workers who can be farther away during the sample collection.
- At-home collection tests, available only by prescription from a doctor, allow the patient to collect the sample at home and send it directly to the lab for analysis.
Our Safety Plan
The health and safety of our patients and staff are our top priority. Our COVID-19 safety plan includes all government mandated measures, as well as any others we deem necessary.
- All patients, staff, and visitors must wear a mask at all times when inside the facility.
- Staff and patients are screened for symptoms at least once per day.
- Hand washing practices are followed by all staff.
- The facility is cleaned and sanitized daily.
- Whenever possible, we maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between patients and staff.