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COVID-19 Testing Specialist

American River Urgent Care

Urgent Care located in Orangevale, CA

If you’re experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, such as a dry cough, runny nose, or fever, consider Covid testing. At American River Urgent Care the team offers Covid testing on-site to people of all ages. To schedule an appointment at the Orangevale, California, practice, book a consultation online, or call the office today.

Covid - 19 Testing Q & A

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a highly contagious upper respiratory disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 or the novel coronavirus. It usually triggers mild respiratory symptoms like congestion and a loss of taste and smell.

COVID-19 sickens people of all ages, but the elderly and those living with chronic underlying health conditions, like diabetes or heart disease, are more likely to experience serious, potentially life-threatening complications.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever and chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Congestion

Some people with COVID-19 also experience gastrointestinal problems, including diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.

If your symptoms are severe, and you have altered mental status please call 911 or go to ER.

What is Covid testing?

Covid testing is a type of screening used to diagnose COVID-19. The team at American River Urgent Care offers nasal swab testing on-site with a turnaround time of between 3-5 days.

Nasal swab testing uses a technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). This type of testing looks for a virus's genetic material.

During your testing appointment, a member of the American River Urgent Care team gently collects a sample from your nose using a cotton swab. They send your sample to a laboratory that evaluates it for the presence of COVID-19.

Who should undergo Covid testing?

Not everyone needs to undergo Covid testing. The CDC recommends you get tested if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, if you’ve had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or if your doctor recommends it.

Following a physical exam, a review of your medical history, and a discussion of your symptoms the team at American River Urgent Care can make recommendations that align with your needs.

Is Covid testing covered by insurance?

Most insurance companies cover Covid testing. Currently, the team at American River Urgent Care accepts the following providers:

  • Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Tricare West
  • Cigna
  • Blue Shield PPO
  • Anthem Blue Cross PPO
  • United Healthcare PPO
  • VA Choice

The team also participates with IPA groups, including:

  • River City Medical Group
  • Nivano Medical Group
  • Imperial Health Holdings Medical Group
  • Hills Physicians

If you don’t have insurance, that’s okay too. The team offers peace-of-mind testing on a cash pay basis. If you think you have COVID-19 or you’ve been near someone who has received a diagnosis, call the office for details on pricing.

To learn more about the benefits of Covid testing, schedule a consultation at American River Urgent Care. Book an appointment online, or call the office to speak with a caring member of the administrative staff today.

Rapid covid testing is $175 for cash patients and if confirmation PCR is needed, it is an additional $100.