PCR COVID-19 Swab Test

The COVID Molecular PCR Test detects the genetic material of the virus using a lab technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). This test can also be called a PCR test. A health care worker will collect fluid from a nasal swab. You will be able to see results in two to three days if sent to an outside lab. The FDA approved certain COVID-19 at-home test kits, available only with doctor approval. The sample is then mailed to a lab for testing.

Quick Facts:
  • Purpose: Present infection
  • Method: Swab
  • Result in: 2-3 days
  • Test: Hologic, Roche
  • Cost: Covered by most insurances
  • FDA Emergency Use Authorization


  • Through LabFinder you can schedule Rapid PCR COVID Nasal Swab and Rapid Antigen COVID Test as well as the COVID Antibody Testing.
  • Both the Rapid COVID Test and COVID PCR Swab Test can determine if someone is currently infected with COVID-19, the COVID Antibody Test is used to determine if someone has had COVID-19 in the past.
  • All three tests are important and have their specific uses. Please note, all labs have instituted all procedural changes recommended by the CDC to ensure that all of our patients’ safety is protected in every way possible when they come to the office or test facility for appointments while the pandemic is ongoing.

PCR COVID-19 Swab Test

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When to test

You should get COVID Molecular PCR Test if you:

  • Think you may have COVID-19, but there is no rush to get results.
  • No need for immediate results. Willing to wait 3-5 days.
  • Would potentially like insurance to cover the test.

When will I receive my results?

Once completed, you will receive your results within 2-3 days in your LabFinder portal.

How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?

No preparation or fasting required. Just bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.

Symptoms include:

Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

Limitations:

For use in clinical laboratories by health care professionals following FDA guidance. Policy for Diagnostic Tests for Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) during the Public Health Emergency. Negative results do not rule out COVID-19 infection, particularly in those who have been in contact with the virus. Follow-up testing with a molecular diagnostic assay should be considered to rule out infection in these individuals. Results from antibody testing should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude COVID-19 infection or to inform infection status. Positive results may be due to past or present infection with non-COVID-19 coronavirus strains, such as coronavirus HKU1, NL63, OC43, or 229E. Not for the screening of donated blood.

Procedure

This test involves using a nasal swab to collect mucus and determine whether or not the COVID-19 virus is currently present.

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* This is for educational purposes only. LabFinder does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All users should consult with a medical provider in person for any health concerns.