Ally Medical conducts COVID-19 testing as part of emergency room evaluations, based on best practice clinical protocols. We do not serve as a routine COVID-19 testing center. We are NOT a COVID-19 vaccination site at this time.
Our locations have a BioFire FilmArray System on-site, which provides for a COVID-19 RT-PCR result in 60 minutes. RT-PCR is the most widely used test to determine if you have the specific genetic material for the virus that causes COVID-19. Because this is the most accurate way to test for COVID-19, these tests are typically required for international travel or pre-surgical testing. In addition to the BioFire, we also have rapid antigen testing, which provides results in 20 minutes. If the antigen test result is negative for COVID-19, in most cases, we will send off a confirmatory PCR test to our partner lab, which results in about a day.
For patients who test positive for COVID-19 and are at high risk for severe disease, we can give antibody infusions to help decrease the chance of becoming seriously ill. Monoclonal antibodies help prevent the virus from entering your cells and have been proven to both lower your risk of hospitalization as well as reduce the chance of getting those sick around you. The FDA has created guidelines and inclusion criteria for this emergency-use-authorized medication. Please call our facility to see if you may be a candidate for this antibody infusion.
We are an emergency medical facility, and we can take care of patients concerned about severe COVID-19 symptoms, such as chest pain or difficulty breathing. If you have these symptoms, please call 911 or seek help immediately at the nearest emergency room, whether it is an Ally Medical Emergency Room or another emergency room.
If you need a routine COVID-19 test, please visit a community testing site. Often times these sites will provide tests free of charge.
If you are not sure whether you should come to an Ally Medical ER for a COVID-19 test, feel free to call any of our locations with questions.