COVID-19  Frontline FAQ

COVID-19 Frontline FAQ


Frontline FAQ

Are you testing for COVID-19?

Yes, we have two tests; we can perform Antigen Test and Molecular Test.  We screen you at the door to determine which test is most appropriate.

Is it safe to visit Frontline ER with non-COVID-19 symptoms?

Yes, we are screening all patients at the door and have specific instructions for symptomatic patients.  Everyone is REQUIRED to wear a mask. Additionally, our rooms are equipped with a state-of-the-art HEPA filtration system providing constant, sterile air. 

How does the testing work?

Once you arrive at Frontline ER, there is a number for you to call the front desk.  They will help in assessing which test is appropriate.  If you are:

Asymptomatic or without symptoms – you will come into the facility for a blood draw

Symptomatic or recently exposed-  If you are not showing symptoms, but have been exposed we will treat you from your vehicle minimizing your exposure.  If you have symptoms, we may need additional treatment such as a chest x-ray, so our physician will need to evaluate you.

Does insurance cover COVID-19 Testing?

Yes, most major insurances are covering the cost of COVID-19 testing, and many do not require a Co-pay or Deductible.  All insured patients are required to be screened by a physician.

Do you accept Government Insurances?

We are allowed to accept Medicare as part of the Public Health Emergency.  At this time, we do not accept Medicaid or TriCare.

What are the self-pay costs of the COVID-19 test?

Rapid Antigen Test $175

Easily performed on-site through a nasal or oral swab with results in 15 minutes

Molecular Test (PCR) $200

Performed on-site with a nasal or oral swab with results in 2-3 Busines Days

Antibody Blood Draw $150

Performed on-site with results in 203 Business Days

What is the accuracy of the COVID-19 test?

Rapid Antigen Test

This newer COVID-19 test detects proteins that are part of the virus. Once a nasal or oral swab is taken, results can be within 15 minutes. A positive antigen test result is considered very accurate. Still, there is an increased chance of false-negative results — meaning it’s possible to be infected with the virus but have negative antigen test results.

Molecular Test or PCR

The fluid is collected through a nasal or oral swab, and the test detects the genetic material of the virus using a lab technique called polymerase chain reaction or PCR. This molecular test is considered very accurate.  Test results are available in approximately 2-4 business days. 

If I am tested, Then What?

If you are tested because you may have an active case of the Coronavirus, you should return home and quarantine you and your household for 14 days.

When should I be tested?

If you are showing signs of a fever, shortness of breath, coughing or headache, you should be seen by a physician to see if you require testing.  Older adults or people who have severe underlying chronic conditions like heart or lung disease, diabetes seem to be at a higher risk.  Please do not hesitate to see a doctor.