COVID-19 Testing

Austin Regional Clinic

COVID-19 Care

Hotline, Visits, Testing

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Austin Regional Clinic is prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic, making sure our clinics are safe for all patients. With our clinic safety protocols, telemedicine visits, and drive-up testing during the day, evenings, and weekends, we have you covered.

Patient Safety Protocols

Greeters

ARC greeters screen all patients for symptoms of potential viral illness before entering the clinic. This protocol applies to all visits at all clinics, both primary care and specialty care.

  • For patients with symptoms, the greeter checks them in from outside the clinic and asks them to wait in their car. An ARC staff member meets them at the door when their exam room is ready and escorts them directly to the exam room.
  • Patients without symptoms check in at the front desk like usual.

Visitors

Patients may be accompanied by one healthy adult per patient, if help is needed for the visit. Visitors with symptoms of any viral illness will be required to wait outside of the clinic.

COVID-19 Drive-up Testing

24/7 COVID-19 Hotline & Telemedicine Visits

Patients who suspect COVID-19 illness due to fever, couth, and shortness of breath or other viral symptoms should call the ARC 24/7 COVID-19 Hotline at 866-453-4525 to book a telemedicine visit with their doctor or an ARC doctor available after hours during the evenings and weekends.

If the patient’s symptoms indicate a test is necessary, the ARC physician will order the test from the ARC lab and instruct the patient to visit the nearest ARC drive-up testing site.

Drive-Up Testing

An ARC clinician will screen each patient at the drive-thru testing site to ensure they are not experiencing breathing difficulties. For those who do not require immediate medical attention, a nasal swab will be obtained and sent to the lab for COVID-19 testing.

Currently it takes 2-5 days to receive results from any of the labs.

Drive-Up Telemedicine Visit

If someone drives up without first having an initial physician evaluation, we will offer to schedule them for the next available telemedicine appointment so a physician can determine whether a test is indicated. That consultation may occur in the same parking lot, without much waiting time, via ARC’s telemedicine service. If patients meet the testing criteria, they will be instructed to return to the drive-up testing tent.

Costs

Drive-up Testing

Currently, state labs are not charging patients for this test and most insurance companies have agreed to cover costs for tests at commercial labs. For patients without insurance, the cost of the test at commercial labs is about $70, but that should always be confirmed with the lab as prices can vary.

Telemedicine Visits

Most insurance companies are waiving copays for COVID-19 related telemedicine visits. If you have questions about the cost of the visit, please check with your health plan. For patients without insurance, ARC offers the same 25% discount as all other visits. The cost depends on what is covered in the visit.

Drive-Up Testing Hours and Locations - North to South

 

Mon-Fri
8:00am - 5:00pm
Mon-Fri
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Sat-Sun
8:00am - 5:00pm
ARC Cedar Park:    
ARC Round Rock
ARC Far West
ARC South 1st
 
ARC Southwest:
ARC Kyle Plum Creek:    

Symptoms

Most people, especially children and those under 60 with no chronic medical conditions, who contract COVID-19 develop very mild symptoms that include:
  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Fatigue
Read more about COVID-19 symptoms

When should I call my doctor?

You should seek medical advice if you have symptoms of fever, a dry cough, fatigue, or shortness of breath, especially if you are over 60 or have underlying health conditions. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include:
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

Call the 24/7 ARC COVID-19 Information and Advice Hotline at 866-453-4525 if you have questions.