We are temporarily unable to accept any new Drive Up Appointments for Coronavirus Testing. We are booked at least 4 days in advance for now. If you need to be tested and seen, you are still welcome to come in and be seen as a patient. We just cannot provide drive up appointments at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience.
FAQs about Covid-19 Tests
We use four different RNA tests.
In-House: Urgent Care Clinic of Lincoln has partnered with BioFire and is now running in-house Covid-19 RNA testing with a one hour turnaround time. Our test screens all three strains of Covid-19 has a sensitivity of 97.1% and a specificity of 99.3%! This test is tied to our respiratory panel which means we are testing for 13 viruses and 4 bacteria that cause respiratory infections. It is the superior choice for patients who are sick and we need answers quickly. It is also ideal for our surgeons in town who need their patients cleared quickly for surgery. This test is also good for special needs where a one-hour turnaround is time-critical. This test will be billed to your insurance. Because this is a comprehensive respiratory panel, if you are concerned about insurance and billing, you need to call your insurance company to determine their coverage policy. We do not have access to your insurance plan benefits. We do not have access to your insurance plan benefits. While we try to keep the supply of these tests stocked, please understand that during a national emergency, we may experience temporary shortages and may need to utilize Physician’s Lab or NPHL as a secondary backup option. How and who we test is strongly dependent upon risk and need and not necessarily at the discretion of the patient to demand in house testing.
Physicians Lab: For patients who have no symptoms but have been exposed, we are typically sending these tests to Physician’s Lab. This is a good option for healthy patients and is a good cost effective choice since the test is purely for Covid-19. Depending on volume, test results are typically back in 24-28 hours (seven days a week). This test is an RNA test for strains of Covid-19. As soon as the results are posted to us, we will text you with your results. If you need a copy you may go online to your patient portal and download the results.
LabCorp: As a backup to Physician’s Lab, we also utilize LabCorp for RNA Covid-19 testing. This is also a good option for healthy patients and is a good cost-effective choice since the test is purely for Covid-19. LabCorp, however, has had a large surge in testing needs across the United States which is delaying their turnaround time. Currently, results are taking five to seven days. This is why we are not using them as a front line testing option. This test is an RNA test for strains of Covid-19. As soon as the results are posted to us, we will text you with your results. If you need a copy you may go online to your patient portal and download the results.
NPHL: Our fourth option is to send the test to the Nebraska Public Health Lab. NPHL also runs an RNA test for strains of Covid-19. NPHL is used when a 24-48 hour turnaround time is important. While patients like the idea of NPHL because there is no charge, the NPHL only accepts tests for these patients http://www.nphl.org :
- Healthcare workers
- Public Safety/First Responders (EMS, law enforcement, firefighters)
- Residents and staff at nursing homes
- Residents and staff at group homes, homeless shelters, and daycare facilities
- Individuals who are 65 years old and older, and anyone with underlying conditions
The NPHL option is good for patients with medical conditions, risk factors, or critical personnel such as health care workers or public safety officers.
As soon as the results are posted to us, we will text you with your results. If you need a copy you may go online to your patient portal and download the results.
Why We Currently Discourage Antibody Testing
We can and will send Covid-19 antibody tests to LabCorp if you want antibody testing. We discourage this practice at this time because the tests are fraught with problems and errors. The tests do not test for just Covid-19 but ALL strains of coronavirus including the common cold. This means if you have antibodies, you may have simply had the cold. Also, you could actually have Covid-19 but the antibody test could still be negative. Because this test has potential for great error, we believe the morally ethical choice is to not use antibody testing unless there is a specific reason why it should be done. As this test evolves and becomes more accurate, we may include it in our in-house options. But currently, we are not satisfied with the FDA’s approval process of these tests. We believe in accuracy and high quality.
If you have questions about our facilities, please feel free to call us. Our clinic is divided into segments with electrostatic air filters so it is completely safe for you to come in for virus testing, lacerations, x-rays, or other illnesses and injuries. For a complete list of our services, click here.
Overview of COVID-19 for Fire/EMS Agencies and PSAPs:
- Interim Guidance for EMS Agencies and 911 Public Safety Answering Points (CDC)
- COVID-19 Overview for EMS Agencies (NHTSA Webinar)
- COVID-19 Situation Overview (CDC)
- COVID-19 GIS Hub (Esri Public Health)
- Interim Guidance for Healthcare Providers (CDC)
- Healthcare Planning Checklist for COVID-19 (HHS)
- Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19(CDC)
Recommendations on PPE Selection and Infection Control:
- Guide to Selecting, Donning, and Doffing PPE for Coronavirus (NETEC)
- Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators (CDC)
- Healthcare Supply of Personal Protective Equipment (CDC)
- Infection Control for Suspected COVID-19 Patients (WHO)
Recommendations on Maintaining Operations