COVID Testing

The health center offers rapid-result COVID-19 antigen testing. We can provide results same-day or next-day for patients with or without symptoms. The antigen test tells whether you have been infected with the Sars-COV2 virus by detecting virus activity with a swabbed sample. Results are usually available on the same day with results posted in the patient portal and given by phone to a patient.

Getting tested

If you have active symptoms or exposure to a positive case, OR If you have previously tested and became symptomatic again

  • Call to set up a telehealth appointment with provider.
  • These visits are covered by insurances, and cost $90 out-of-pocket.

If you do not have symptoms

  • Call to set up with a nursing appointment to discuss antigen testing in-person.
  • Insurance may not cover testing that is not determined to be medically necessary. The out-of-pocket cost of antigen testing is $50 and the nursing visit costs $35. We will bill medical insurance first if it is provided; any remaining balance after insurance is the patient's responsibility.  Participating insurances are listed here.

Visit the patient portal or call (269) 387-3287 to make any of these appointments.

after a result is known

All recommendations are supported by the Centers for Disease Control and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The COVID-19 situation is fluid in nature and these recommendations may change at a time. Current guidelines are as noted:

If a symptomatic patient tests positive, they must isolate until:

  • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and,
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

If a symptomatic patient tests positive or negative for COVID-19, no matter the type of test, they still should take preventive measures to protect themselves and others.

If an asymptomatic patient tests positive, they must isolate until:

  • At least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test assuming they have not subsequently developed symptoms since their positive test. If they develop symptoms, then the symptom-based or test-based strategy should be used.
  • They receive negative results from two consecutive specimens collected more than 24 hours apart.

If a patient tests negative for COVID-19 by a viral test, they probably were not infected at the time the sample was collected. However, that does not mean they will not get sick. The test result only means that they did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing.

Things to consider

  • As with any medical test, there is the potential for false positive or false negative test results.
  • A positive antigen test result means that a person must self-isolate in an effort to avoid infecting others.
  • A positive test may result in extended quarantine and additional tests, with additional costs.
  • Testing and learning results by itself does not replace treatment by a medical provider.

Appointments are not being made online at this time. Our regular hours are listed here.