COVID-19 testing can give you answers, help you prepare for travel, or tell you if you previously had the virus. North Star Clinic offers all types of COVID-19 testing, including rapid and antibody testing, in their Port Townsend, Washington, office. Experienced medical practitioner James Blair III, PA-C, provides patient-focused care in a comfortable atmosphere, so call the office or click on the online appointment scheduler now.
COVID-19 testing refers to:
A rapid antigen test checks the mucus in your nose for proteins from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. With this test, you get results in just 15 minutes.
A PCR test checks your nose or throat swab for the virus's genetic material. PCR tests are the most reliable way to determine whether you have COVID-19. You’ll typically receive rapid PCR test results in 12 hours, and lab PCR tests take 1-2 days.
An antibody test checks your blood for antibodies that fight COVID-19. A positive antibody test generally indicates that you either had the virus sometime in the past or that you had a COVID-19 vaccination. This test doesn’t detect a current infection.
North Star Clinic offers all three types of testing conveniently in the office. Test supply and lab processing times can vary, so check with the office for any updates in this rapidly changing situation.
There are several reasons you could need COVID-19 testing, including:
North Star Clinic understands there are many different reasons you may need or want COVID-19 testing. If you’re not sure whether you really need to test at this time, the office provides personalized guidance to help you make a decision.
North Star Clinic invites you to call the office to schedule your COVID-19 test. Walk-ins and online scheduling aren’t available for COVID-19 testing, so this is the fastest way to arrange your test at this time.
Generally, you can schedule a same-day or next-day appointment for COVID-19 testing, but if possible, reach out to the office a day or two ahead of your desired testing date.
You don’t need a doctor’s order for COVID-19 testing because the practice issues the order on-site in most cases. But, in some cases, you may bring in orders from your physician, for example, if your doctor ordered a test before a medical procedure.
North Star Clinic makes the COVID-19 testing process simple, so call the office to make your appointment now or schedule online.