COVID-19 Testing | AFC Urgent Care Denver (2023)

AFC Urgent Care Denver Now Provides COVID-19 Testing At Your Car-Side

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AFC Urgent Care Denver COVID-19 FAQs

Q: What is the cost of COVID-19 testing?

A: Most insurances are covering COVID-19 visit but the cost of the lab depends on your insurance plan and the type of test completed. Those requesting rapid testing may have to pay an additional $179 for the cash price of testing at the time of service. All send out labs will be determined by your insurance company and billed separately by the individual labs.

Q. Which urgent care centers in Denver offer COVID-19 testing near me?

A: AFC Urgent Care Denver University Hills, AFC Denver Leetsdale, AFC Denver Speer, AFC Denver Park Hill, AFC Denver Highlands, and AFC Denver Cherry Creek all offer Rapid COVID testing, standard swab tests, and COVID-19 antibody testing.

Q. What types of COVID-19 testing are available at AFC Urgent Care Denver locations?

A: AFC Urgent Care Denver locations offer standard swab testing, COVID-19 antibody testing, and more recently Rapid COVID-19 Testing. Each type of test offers benefits to patients to determine their infection risk and immune response to the virus.

Q: What insurances are accepted?

A: Most major insurance companies are covering the PCR testing and visits. Many of these insurances are not covering antibody or rapid antigen testing. Please contact your insurance for additional details regarding coverage per your insurance plan.

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Q: How long does it take for COVID-19 test results?

A: COVID-19 Test results are usually available between 3 and 5 days from the date of your test. Some of these times may be extended due to the lab’s turnaround time. Rapid test results should be available in 15 to 20 minutes.

Q: When should I be tested for COVID-19?

A: If you suspect recent exposure, allow at least 4 days to pass to determine if you are asymptomatic. If you start to experience symptoms, it is recommended to be tested 24 hours after your first symptom begins. To schedule a drive-up visit for COVID-19 testing, please visit Then choose “COVID-19 / Drive-up medical care” and follow the directions to choose your clinic location and time slot. If your desired time slot is not available, please look at future dates as our schedule may already be full on your selected day. We cannot test for COVID-19 through a telemedicine visit.

Q: How do I book a COVID-19 test?

A: To get a COVID-19 test, simplymake an appointmentfor any of our Denver locations. Select the schedule appointment option and choose “COVID-19 / Drive-up medical care” to schedule your appt. if your desired time slot is not available, please look at future dates as our schedule may already be full on your selected day. We cannot test for COVID-19 through a telemedicine visit.

COVID-19 testing is the process of providing patients with vulnerabilities, pandemic risks, or other critical conditions with a safe test. Please consult our provider team for testing duration and how long it takes for your results to come back. In addition, COVID-19 testing is now available at AFC Denver Speer, AFC Denver Leetsdale, AFC Denver Cherry Creek, AFC Denver Highlands, and AFC Denver Park Hill/Park Hill!

Any other urgent care needs can be addressed by our team via Car Side Urgent Care. However,patients will also need a special pre-screening before they are eligible for a COVID-19 test. Urgent care services like seasonal illness treatment and testing are available via car side services.

COVID-19 and Car-side medical care step by step process:

  • Both services are offered at all our locations
  • Choose a location to drive to
  • After you fill out the short registration, you will get a text message with a link to fill out your paperwork
  • Arrive at the clinic and park in a designated car-side medical care spot.
  • No need to leave your car. Simply call us upon arrival and tell us your spot number
  • Our nurses will be coming to your car to take your swab.
  • Once paperwork is finished and you have been swabbed, you will get a call from our nurse staff to go through your information and go over your medical history
  • At the end of the call with our nurse, you will receive a text that will connect you with the provider.
  • As soon as your provider is ready to see you, you will receive a text to join a telemedicine call. Be sure you’re in an area with strong internet connection or Wi-Fi signal and stay near your device so that the visit can begin right when the provider connects.
  • If your connection is lost, the provider will attempt to reconnect. If they aren’t successful, they will call you back at the phone number you provided.
  • We will send you a visit summary after your visit with notes from the provider on your treatment plan.

COVID-19 Standard Testing vs. Antibody Testing

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Standard COVID-19 testing is different than our COVID-19 Antibody Testing services in Denver. Standard testing detects the current infection of COVID-19 within a patient through a swab test. Antibody testing is used by providers to detect if patients have an immune response to the current virus. If you have any more questions please call us ahead for more information.

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Active infection swab test for COVID-19

  • Test that diagnoses an active COVID-19 infection
  • Helpful for patients to make a decision about self-quarantining
  • Patients with COVID-19 symptoms (flu-like sneezing, cough, fatigue, etc.) that were exposed to the virus in last 2-3 weeks should get swab testing
  • Works via a nasal or throat swab administered by a provider
  • Requires appointment from a doctor to complete

COVID-19 Antibody Testing

  • Test that diagnoses active or previous immunity to the COVID-19 virus
  • Helpful for patients to determine if they are ready to return to work or other activities
  • Patients that don’t have COVID-19 symptoms or believe they are asymptomatic for 10 days should get antibody testing.
  • A provider uses a blood draw and sends it to a lab for analysis
  • A patient can book COVID-19 testing from any AFC Urgent Care Denver location or online.

Find COVID-19 Swab Testing and COVID-19 Antibody Testing in Denver

AFC Urgent Care Denver offers five locations for COVID-19 swab testing and antibody testing. Patients in Glendale, Cherry Creek, Park Hill, Speer, and Leetsdale all have local access to testing services. Find your nearest location today and contact for more details about COVID-19 safety and prevention!


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760 S. Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80246

(303) 692 – 8000


3800 Irving St. Denver, CO 80211

(303) 477 – 6000


1295 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80206

(303) 639 – 1000


777 E Speer Blvd. Denver, CO 80203

(303) 733 – 4000


850 S Monaco Pkwy, Suite 10 Denver, CO 80203

(303) 935- 4000


3722 W. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80204.

(303) 477 – 6000


11310 E Colfax Ave.
Aurora, CO 80010.


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2290 S Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80222

(303) 756-4500


3177 Downing Street
Denver, CO 80205


Telemedicine Access During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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As patients continue to self-isolate, social distance, and work from home due to COVID-19, it is important to ensure there is available and safe healthcare options. That is why AFC Urgent Care Denver quickly implemented telemedicine to provide urgent care remotely.

Maintaining social distancing and getting necessary healthcare services can be particularly difficult, since COVID-19 can travel rapidly in local communities. At AFC Urgent Care Denver, we’re here to provide urgent care from the comfort of your home as we go through the challenges of COVID-19 as a community.


What should I do before a PCR test? ›

The main steps for doing a PCR test

Clear, clean and dry a flat surface then lay out all the items in the test kit. Blow your nose and wash your hands again or use a hand sanitiser. Open your mouth wide and rub the swab over both your tonsils (or where they would have been) at the back of your throat.

Can I eat before a Covid test? ›

Before you take the test, you should find a clear space. Remember not to eat, drink, smoke or vape 30 minutes before.

How do you use the rapid Covid test? ›

Completing the test:

put the end of the swab into the tube so it's in the liquid and swirl the swab around as directed in the test kit instructions, then close the lid. squeeze the liquid from the tube onto the test strip. check the waiting time in the instructions that came with your test kit.

What is a rapid NAAT test vs PCR? ›

The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is an amplification test (NAAT test) like the Abbott ID NOW test. The difference is in how long it takes for the tests to process. There are PCR tests that are sent to the lab that take 3 to 7 days to evaluate and a rapid PCR test that provides same-day results.

How do you test for Omicron? ›

A PCR or laboratory-based molecular test is still the gold standard,” Hayden says. PCR tests are typically sent to a lab, which means it takes longer to get the results compared with off-the-shelf, rapid antigen tests that give you results in minutes.

Do you have to pay for a PCR test? ›

Free testing for coronavirus (Covid-19) from the NHS has now ended for most people in England. If you still want to get tested and you're not eligible for a free NHS test, you must pay for a Covid-19 test yourself. You can buy a Covid-19 test from some pharmacies and retailers, in person or online.

What does 2 lines on a Covid test mean? ›

Two lines – even faint lines – indicate the test is positive. The test has failed and should be retaken. Negative result.

How long does Covid take to show? ›

The time from exposure to symptom onset (known as the incubation period) is thought to be two to 14 days. Symptoms typically appeared within five days for early variants, and within four days for the Delta variant. The incubation period appears to be even shorter – about three days – for the Omicron variant.

When should I get a PCR test? ›

Key times to get tested: If you have symptoms, test immediately. If you were exposed to COVID-19 and do not have symptoms, wait at least 5 full days after your exposure before testing. If you test too early, you may be more likely to get an inaccurate result.

Should I clean my nose before a Covid test? ›

IMPORTANT: Swabbing the nostrils is critical for obtaining an accurate result. If you do not swab your nose, the device will produce a false negative result. TO TIME THE TEST. soap and water for 20 seconds before starting the test.

How long after Covid are you contagious? ›

Those with severe COVID-19 may remain infectious beyond 10 days and may need to extend isolation for up to 20 days. People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should isolate through at least day 20.

How long do Covid symptoms last? ›

Most people with COVID-19 get better within a few days to a few weeks after infection, so at least four weeks after infection is the start of when post-COVID conditions could first be identified. Anyone who was infected can experience post-COVID conditions.

Is there a rapid PCR test? ›

The rapid PCR test detects in only 35 minutes whether you are carrying the SARS-CoV-2 virus that is responsible for COVID-19 disease from the earliest stages of infection, making it the most sensitive and reliable test for national and international travel or simply for getting together with other people without risk.

Why is a PCR test better? ›

“PCR tests are more reliable and accurate due to testing the specific genetic material of the virus, eliminating the interference from other viruses,” said Heather Seyko, a Laboratory Services manager for OSF HealthCare.

When should I take PCR or rapid test? ›

The rapid test offers a faster turnaround time—often providing results within 15 minutes. Patients who receive the PCR test will likely wait at least two days for results, and during periods of high demand, results may not be available for up to a week.

Is rapid test accurate for Omicron? ›

Sensitivities of all three rapid antigen tests were highest during the first week (fig 7) when omicron accounted for 28.6% of infections: 87.0% (79.7% to 92.4%) for Flowflex, 80.0% (51.9% to 95.7%) for MPBio, and 83.1% (72.9% to 90.7%) for Clinitest.

How do I know if I have Omicron or Delta? ›

Of the more-frequent symptoms, loss or altered sense of smell, sneezing, runny nose, brain fog, eye soreness, headache, fever, and dizziness were reported significantly more often during Delta prevalence, while sore throat and hoarse voice were significantly more often reported during Omicron.

Do rapid tests detect new variant? ›

Scientists developed a technique to assess how thousands of mutations to the SARS-CoV-2 virus could affect today's rapid COVID-19 antigen tests. They found that today's tests can identify all current variants of concern and interest.

Can you have Covid and test negative? ›

A negative result means it's likely you are not infectious. But a negative test is not a guarantee you do not have COVID-19 and there's still a chance you may be infectious. You should follow advice on how to avoid catching and spreading the virus.

How long does Covid cough last? ›

In the case of COVID-19, this cough could last for as long as six months after the viral infection, especially if the patient contracted Omicron because it is more airway dependent than the original strain.

Why do I keep testing positive for Covid? ›

Positive COVID-19 Test: A Sign of Viral Shedding

Viral shedding is the release of a virus as it multiplies inside your body. If you are shedding virus, it means you can pass it on and infect other people. Testing positive for COVID-19 is an indication of viral shedding.

How long does Omicron test positive? ›

During the Omicron BA. 1 period, 5 days after symptom onset, 80% of participants remained positive via a rapid antigen test. Meaning These findings indicate differences in symptoms in the BA.

Does C mean positive on a Covid test? ›

One coloured line should be in the control line region (C), and another coloured line should be in the test line region (T). Two lines, one next to C and one next to T, even faint lines, show the test is positive.

Can you get Covid 3 times? ›

A growing number of people are getting COVID-19 twice, 3 times, even 4.

Are you still contagious after 5 days of Covid? ›

People with COVID-19 illness are most contagious for the first 5 days of their illness. But that actually means they're most contagious 1 to 2 days before they develop symptoms and until 2 to 3 days after their symptoms start. So how can you decide when to start and end your isolation?

What is the incubation period for Omicron? ›

A study conducted during high levels of Delta variant transmission reported an incubation period of 4.3 days,(2) and studies performed during high levels of Omicron variant transmission reported a median incubation period of 3–4 days.

Does Covid get better after 5 days? ›

If you test positive for COVID-19 and have no symptoms – you may end after day 5. If you test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms – you may end after day 5 if: You are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) Your symptoms are improving.

Can I go to work if I have Covid? ›

Try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people if you: have any symptoms of COVID-19, and have a high temperature or you do not feel well enough to go to work or do your normal activities.

How long does a PCR test take to come? ›

Getting your results

You should get the results by email and text within 2 days of returning the kit.

How long does it take for PCR test results to come out? ›

COVID-19 tests results for COVID-19 PCR and COVID-19 Serology (IgM) will be available within 24 – 36 hours of the administration of the respective test. For the COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test the results will be available within 15 minutes of administration.

Can I swab my throat for Covid? ›

Optional: Instead of swabbing your inner cheeks and tongue, you may choose to swab the back of your throat and tonsils.

Can Covid feel like a sinus headache? ›

COVID-19 and sinus infections can cause similar symptoms, like headache, sore throat, and cough.

Can you test negative for Covid and still be contagious? ›

You can have COVID-19 and spread it to others even if you do not have symptoms. Your COVID-19 test can be negative even if you are infected. Most people do not test positive for the virus until days after exposure. You may also be exposed to the virus afteryou are tested and then get infected.

Will I get Covid if my friend has it? ›

You can spread COVID-19 to others starting a couple days before you have any symptoms, and even if you never have symptoms. If you spend time close to someone with COVID-19, you may have it too, but you may not know it.

Can you get Covid back to back? ›

Reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 means a person was infected, recovered, and then later became infected again. After recovering from COVID-19, most individuals will have some protection from repeat infections. However, reinfections do occur after COVID-19.

How do you treat Covid symptoms? ›

Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home. You can treat symptoms with over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), to help you feel better.

What are Omicron symptoms if vaccinated? ›

Symptoms of Omicron can be similar to the original COVID-19 virus and other variants, which can include a combination of the following: fever, cough, congestion, runny nose, headache, sore throat, muscle pains/aches and fatigue.

What are minor COVID symptoms? ›

Possible symptoms include:
  • Fever or chills.
  • Cough.
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
  • Fatigue.
  • Muscle or body aches.
  • Headache.
  • New loss of taste or smell.
  • Sore throat.

What are the symptoms of the Delta variant of COVID? ›

Delta variant symptoms are the same

Typically, vaccinated people are either asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms if they contract the delta variant. Their symptoms are more like those of a common cold, such as cough, fever or headache, with the addition of significant loss of smell.

How long is PCR test valid for travel? ›

This service is suitable if you need to travel within 24-72 hours of the test. Search the country entry requirement page for more information.

Which is more accurate RT-PCR or antigen test? ›

Although it is less sensitive than the RT-PCR test, the antigen test is an effective way to monitor infection in people who are in close contact with COVID-19 infected. Rapid antigen tests are often used as mass screening tests to detect SARS-CoV-2 infection quickly in containment zones or healthcare settings.

Is rapid test accurate? ›

Be aware that at-home COVID-19 antigen tests are less accurate than molecular tests. COVID-19 antigen tests may not detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus early in an infection, meaning testing soon after you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 could lead to a false-negative result, especially if you don't have symptoms.

How many days after testing positive will I test negative? ›

At least 5 days. If you are: Asymptomatic: Isolate for 5 days after the first positive test.

Is a PCR test more accurate? ›

RT-PCR tests are very accurate when properly performed by a health care professional, but the rapid test can miss some cases. Antigen test. This COVID-19 test detects certain proteins in the virus. Using a long nasal swab to get a fluid sample, some antigen tests can produce results in minutes.

Can you eat or drink before a PCR Covid test? ›

Do not eat or drink for at least 30 minutes before doing your test to reduce the risk of spoiling the test. Wash your hands for 20 seconds before you handle the test.

What should you not do before PCR test? ›

This is particularly important for children. Do not eat, drink (even water), chew gum, brush teeth, vape or smoke for at least one hour before the mouth rinse and gargle test. This could affect your test results.

Can you drink water before a PCR test? ›

The vaccine does not interfere with the antigen LFD or PCR tests. Do test results get affected by brushing teeth, drinking water? Avoid eating or drinking half an hour before the test. A small amount of water is acceptable.

Is fasting required before a PCR test? ›

COVID-19 PCR swab test

You do not need to fast. The swab site is the throat and both nostrils.

How long is Covid contagious for? ›

People are most contagious with COVID-19 during the first 5 days of their illness. Many people don't have any symptoms during the first 2 to 3 days of their illness. This is why COVID-19 outbreaks are so hard to contain. On average, people are contagious for 5 to 10 days.

Do I still have to isolate if I get a negative PCR? ›

If you have symptoms of COVID -19 or another respiratory virus but have tested negative you should still take precautions to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to another person.

Do I have to isolate if I'm waiting for a PCR test? ›

You do not need to self-isolate while you wait for your test result. If your PCR test comes back negative, you do not need to self-isolate. If it is positive, you must self-isolate for the full ten days. Self-isolating is helping to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Do I need a PCR test if I feel unwell? ›

Free testing for COVID-19 from the NHS has ended for most people in England. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you are no longer required to do a rapid lateral flow or PCR test. If you still want to get tested and you're not eligible for a free NHS test, you must pay for a COVID-19 test yourself.

Can you brush your teeth before Covid test? ›

Do not eat or drink anything, or brush your teeth, for at least 20 minutes before your testing appointment, as it may decrease the accuracy of the test. Watch this instructional video for other information to help you prepare.

What should you not do before a rapid Covid test? ›

NSW Health recommends you do not eat, drink or brush your teeth for at least 30 minutes before doing a saliva rapid antigen test. This will ensure a clean sample is taken. If you still have food, drink or toothpaste residue in your mouth it might coat the swab stick and affect the test result.

Can you drink coffee before a Covid test? ›

Does drinking coffee affect a covid test? The acidity in coffee and fruit juice can, theoretically, disrupt the chemistry of a coronavirus test. however, it is very unlikely that drinking coffee before a test would create a false positive in your test.

How long does it take for PCR to come back? ›

Getting your results

You should get the results by email and text within 2 days of returning the kit.


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