Laguna Beach Urgent Care

Guidelines For COVID-19 Testing

Posted on Jun 15, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

California residents who are displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19, as well as those who have been in frequent contact with others (i.e. travelers or frontline workers) should seek out COVID-19 testing immediately. If you are unclear on how the COVID-19 testing process works, continue reading a few helpful guidelines from our healthcare professionals at Surfside Urgent Care of Laguna Beach before visiting our clinic.

Who should I contact?

If you believe you may have been affected by the coronavirus, your first point of contact should be your family doctor. If your physician offers COVID-19 testing, you should be provided with an online test before completing a brief in-person swab test. If your family doctor does not provide COVID-19 testing services, you will need to search for a local testing site like Surfside Urgent Care of Laguna Beach. Our clinic offers excellent telehealth services where patients can discuss their condition with a doctor online before seeking out a COVID-19 test.

What should I do while waiting for my test results?

Patients who are waiting for test results should practice safe social distancing, wear a mask or face-covering in public places, and frequently sanitize their hands. If you are displaying serious symptoms, you may want to self-isolate inside your home until you have received your test results.

What is the difference between a swab test and an antibody test?

At Surfside Urgent Care of Laguna Beach, we are now offering both COVID-19 swab tests and FDA approved antibody tests. A swab test will indicate whether or not you are currently suffering from the coronavirus, while an antibody test will tell us whether or not you were affected by the coronavirus in the past. Both tests provide valuable information and can be completed quickly by our team.

Is it safe to enter a COVID-19 testing facility?

Our Laguna Beach clinic is now offering curbside COVID-19 testing where visitors can simply wait in their car and receive a swab test outside of the facility, allowing them to drive home immediately. Those who must enter the clinic are assured that the space is thoroughly sanitized after each patient leaves the building.

If you believe you may have been affected by COVID-19, call us today at 949-715-7278 and we will connect you with a physician who can tell you whether or not you should seek out COVID-19 testing through our telehealth services.