Important Information About Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Coronavirus Tests and Antibody Tests in Idaho, Utah and Wyoming
Sterling Urgent Care offers COVID-19 tests in Idaho, Utah and Wyoming at its urgent care centers by appointment only:
Antibody tests from blood draw
Nasal swab active virus tests
Due to exceptionally high demand, nasal swab tests can now take up to 12 days for results. We recommend use of our FDA-authorized rapid result tests, which use a blood draw to check for antibodies. These tests can provide results in less than an hour. We recommend testing 7 days after known exposure for the most accurate results.
Please visit our state-specific urgent care pages to learn how to schedule tests. Due to high demand in Idaho Falls and Utah, we request that patients call ahead to schedule a time for testing.
UPDATED September 2020
Household Products That Meet EPA Disinfecting Criteria
Sterling Urgent Care has compiled these lists of commonly available household products that meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) criteria for disinfecting surfaces from human coronavirus. Additional products, including commercial and healthcare facility disinfectants, can be found at the EPA website.
As of July 6, 2020, Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist have FDA approval for killing novel coronavirus. These are the only products that have been proven in a laboratory to neutralize SARS CoV-2. Other FDA-authorized products are believed to kill novel coronavirus but do not have laboratory certifications.
Coronavirus Testing FAQ
What tests are available for COVID-19?
There are two types of coronavirus tests available:
- A Nasal Swab Test looks for active virus in the sinus cavity. These tests are processed at a third-party lab. Periods of high demand can lead to reporting delays. As of July 13, 2020, it can take 10 or more days to get results for nasal swab tests in Idaho, Utah and Wyoming.
- A Blood Draw Test checks for COVID-19 antibodies. These tests are performed at Sterling Urgent Care locations and results are usually available in an hour.
How accurate are coronavirus tests?
No single coronavirus test should be considered 100% accurate. False positives are extremely rare, and a positive test is typically followed up with a second positive test to improve accuracy.
Individuals may test negative for antibodies in one test and positive in another. Nasal swab tests tend to have a very high level of accuracy once symptoms appear. Blood draw tests are most accurate 7 days or more after exposure, which is typically after symptoms appear.
Does a negative COVID-19 test mean that I'm ok?
No. A negative test only means that there was not enough virus in your system to trigger a positive test result. Nasal swab tests generally cannot detect COVID-19 within the first 48 hours after infection. Accuracy for these tests is highest when symptoms first appear.
Antibodies typically do not appear in levels that can be reliably tested until 7 days after exposure.
You should plan on getting a follow-up test at least three days after an initial test if you believe you were exposed to COVID-19 and are asymptomatic.
Remember, too, that you can be exposed any time you come in contact with other people, It is not known at this time if the antibodies from a COVID-19 infection will protect people from future infections, or how long that protection will last.
I believe I have coronavirus symptoms. Should I get tested?
If you have common symptoms of coronavirus (cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, fever, fatigue, loss of smell or taste, or nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, you should get a coronavirus test.
As of July 13, it can take 10 days or more for nasal swab tests results due to exceptionally high demand at the third-party lab that processes our results. For this reason, we recommend our antibody test, which is completed on site and can return results in as little as 10 minutes. This antibody test is most accurate 7 or more days after infection. If the test is conducted less than 7 days after infection, there may not be enough antibodies in your system for it to deliver an accurate result.
I believe I was exposed to coronavirus. Should I get tested?
Unless you have symptoms of COVID-19, which include cough, fever, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue and nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, a coronavirus test is unlikely to provide a meaningful result.
Nasal swab tests are accurate as soon as COVID-19 symptoms appear. Antibody tests are generally accurate 7 days after exposure, even if you have no symptoms. Earlier testing may lead to a false negative result because there is not enough virus to be detected.
If you believe you have been exposed to coronavirus, we recommend you quarantine at home for 7 days before testing. If you experience symptoms in less than 7 days, you may schedule an appointment for testing.
Please note that due to extraordinary demand, nasal swab test results may take 10 days or more to arrive. We recommend antibody testing for faster results. Antibodies can be detected 7 days after exposure, and we conduct these tests on site with results available in as little as 10 minutes.
The Centers for Disease Control, in partnership with the World Health Organization and the National Health Service, have developed an online test to help you assess symptoms and determine whether you should be tested.
Coronovirus Fact Sheets and Resources from the Centers for Disease Control (PDFs)
General Coronavirus Information from the CDC
Answers to Common COVID-19 Questions
What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of
- Shortness of breath
How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but is now spreading from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Will a mask protect me from coronavirus?
Masks do not provide protection from coronavirus. Even while wearing a mask, you should remain at least 6 feet from other people and avoid large groups and close contact.
Masks are recommended to limit the spread of your respiratory droplets to others. These respiratory droplets are believed to be the primary way that coronavirus spreads.
Masks should be washed or discarded after use. Always discard masks in trash receptacles. Use care when putting on or removing a mask, and wash hands for at least 20 seconds after handling a mask.
How can I help protect myself?
People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.
- Wear a mask or facial covering when in public.
- Maintain a distance of at least six feet from people outside your household.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
What should I do if I recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19?
If you have traveled from an affected area, there may be restrictions on your movements for up to 2 weeks. If you develop symptoms during that period (fever, cough, trouble breathing), seek medical advice. Call the office of your health care provider before you go, and tell them about your travel and your symptoms. They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness. While sick, avoid contact with people, don’t go out and delay any travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others.