How soon after a suspected exposure to covid-19 should a person be tested?

For optimal results, patients should get tested within 3-5 days of exposure.

What are the age requirements for someone to be tested?

Sierra Madre Covid Testing requires that the patient be at least 4 years old. For patients under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign off on the appointment and will be required to show valid ID upon arrival.

Can someone showing symptoms be tested?

Patients showing symptoms are allowed to be tested.

Do we Accept Insurance?

Insurance is only accepted for PCR testing. The following insurances are accepted: MediCare, all Kaiser, all PPO except Blue Shield and Blue Cross. 
Blue Shield, Blue Cross, HMO or Medi Cal is not accepted. 

What is the difference between the tests?

Rapid Covid-19 Antigen Test:

The CareStart™ COVID-19 Antigen test is a lateral flow immunochromatographic assay for the detection of extracted nucleocapsid protein antigens specific to SARS-CoV-2 in nasopharyngeal or anterior nasal swab specimens directly collected from individuals who are suspected of COVID-19 by their healthcare provider within the first five days of symptom onset.  Test results are interpreted at 10 minutes 

Rapid Covid-19 Antibody Test:

The IgG antibody test can help identify individuals who have developed an immune response to the COVID-19 virus, either as part of an active or prior infection. The test detects the presence of antibodies in the blood – if antibodies are present, that indicates that the person has been exposed to the COVID-19 virus and developed antibodies against it. This may mean that person has at least some immunity to the coronavirus. A blood sample will be drawn by a fingerstick/poke of finger to conduct the antibody test.