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COVID-19 Testing & Antibody Testing

Keeping You Safe During a Pandemic

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or think that you may have been exposed, we offer COVID-19 testing for patients of all ages.  Bayside Urgent Care Center in Clearwater, Florida, is committed to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have in-network insurance or if you are uninsured and have a valid SSN, your test will be free. 

Please visit us with any medical concerns, including COVID-19 testing and antibody testing.

We are open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 8 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 6 pm. We always welcome new patients, and appointments are not required.

What Are the Symptoms of COVID-19?

The symptoms and transmission for COVID-19 are like that of influenza. Symptoms typically appear 2-11 days after exposure and may include:

  • Fever, cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Nasal drainage, and other upper respiratory concerns
  • Fatigue and muscle aches

Can You Test for COVID-19 with a Blood Test?

Yes. To determine if are currently infected with the virus, one of the tests we offer is a blood test. During the test one of our medical assistants performs a finger prick to get a drop of blood. The drop of blood is then placed on a plastic tester (much like a pregnancy test), and the result is shown within 15 minutes while you wait.

This simple blood test determines if you are currently infected with COVID-19 and if you have the antibodies that remain in your blood after you recover from the virus (scroll down to find out what test results mean).

Does Bayside Urgent Care Center Perform Nasal Swab Tests?

Yes, we also offer the nasal swab tests to test if you are currently infected. For this test, we insert the swab into the nose to get a mucus sample.

After the sample is collected, it is safely packaged and sent to the Acutis Diagnostics, a lab that specializes in toxicology and infectious disease. They test for COVID-19 using the SARS CoV-2 Real-time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel. Offered under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), the test validation showed >99% sensitivity and 100% specificity within the test environment.

We use the lab for confirmatory testing to ensure you're getting accurate results.

Need Clearance to Go Back to Work? Get COVID-19 Antibody Testing!

Many companies are requiring physical or medical clearance from their employees before returning to work to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Bayside Urgent Care Center has COVID-19 antibody testing now available to see if you have antibodies in your blood.

What is the COVID-19 Antibody Test?

The COVID-19 antibody testing is performed in the same manner as the COVID-19 virus test and can be administered to patients of any age. For the test, a Bayside medical assistant will prick your finger to get a drop of blood, which is then placed on a plastic tester (much like a pregnancy test). Test results are ready in 15 minutes, while you wait.

The simple blood test determines if you have IgG/ IgM antibodies in your blood. Antibodies are proteins that are produced by your immune system in response to an infection. As your body fights off the virus, it will develop antibodies. These can then be detected by performing antibody testing.

IgM antibodies are the largest antibodies in the body and are typically produced first when you get infected by a virus. IgG antibodies are small and produced later in the course of an illness. IgG panels are used to detect "recent infection" or "in-recover" states.

When Should You Have Antibody Testing?

You can get the antibody test at any time. It can register if you are currently infected or not.

Why Should You Get Tested?

There are four main reasons to get antibody testing:

    • You were
      experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 but were never tested.
    • You are
      about to undergo a medical procedure in a hospital or clinic, and they
      require antibody testing.
    • You've had
      COVID-19 infection in the past, and you want to donate your plasma, the
      part of your blood that has the antibodies so that it can be used to help
      others who have severe cases of COVID-19.
  • Your employers require COVID-19 testing before you are allowed
    back to work or because you may have been exposed to the virus.

What Do the Test Results Mean?

Your test will show one of the four following results.

    1. Both IgM and IgG are negative – you've never been infected with
      COVID-19, or you are still in the incubation period.
    1. IgM is positive, but IgG is negative – you are in the early phase
      of the COVID-19 infection.
    1. IgM is negative, but IgG is positive – you have recently been
      infected with COVID-19 and now have protection against COVID-19.
    1. Both IgM and IgG are positive – you have an active COVID-19
      infection, and your body is building protection against it.

Does Bayside Urgent Care Accept Insurance for Antibody Testing?

Effective August 3, 2020, COVID-19 testing is free for some patients:

● If you have in-network insurance, you are 100% covered, and your test will be free

● If you don't have insurance and have a valid SSN, you will be 100% covered, and your test will be free

● If you have out-of-network insurance, you are not covered for the test and will have to pay out-of-pocket

We accept Medicare and most major insurance carriers like Aetna, Emblem Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, United Health Care, First Health Network, Tricare, and Multiplan/PHCS.

Call Bayside Urgent Care Center for COVID-19 Testing & Antibody Testing

Our Center is located in Clearwater, Florida, conveniently situated to Largo, Belleair, Dunedin, and Indian Rocks Beach. If you have been exposed to COVID-19, visit our office or call about getting tested.

Open 7 days a week ● Walk-ins Are Welcome ● Online Registration

Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 8 pm, Saturday - Sunday 9 am to 6 pm



Find Us

Bayside Urgent Care Center

1001 S Fort Harrison Avenue, Suite 101

Clearwater, FL 33756

Phone. 727-441-5044

Fax. 727-441-5008

Hours 

Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am - 6pm