ARC is now offering a 24-hour COVID-19 test
September 03, 2020
Austin Regional Clinic has begun performing a COVID-19 test with a 24-hour turnaround time at most ARC clinics and all Drive-Up/Curbside test sites. The test is collected and resulted at ARC, and results are usually available in less than 24 hours.
This test is a PCR, or molecular, test which has better than 95% sensitivity/specificity, meaning very accurate results. It is a diagnostic test which can show if you have an active coronavirus infection, which will let you know if you should take steps to quarantine or isolate yourself from others. And the best news is that the sample is collected with a nasal swab, not nasal pharyngeal swab, which is not nearly as uncomfortable for most patients.
Who can get a COVID-19 test at ARC?
Any new or established patient can be tested for COVID-19 at ARC, but all patients must have an order from an ARC physician. To make an appointment with an ARC physician, you can schedule a COVID-19 Telemedicine Visit online at MyChartARC.com or on the app. [Choose the COVID-19, Daytime, Nights, & Weekend] button.
You can also call the 24/7 COVID Hotline, 866-453-4525 to schedule.
To activate your ARC MyChart account, call 512-ARC-HELP (512-272-4357).
If you have any questions about COVID-19, ARC has many resources on hand to help you. The ARC website has a COVID-19 FAQ page, a Drive-Up/Curbside testing page, and the ARCcovidcare.com page. We also feature an interactive bot and a risk assessment, also accessible throughout AustinRegionalClinic.com.