COVID-19 Rapid Testing - Frequently Asked Questions
How does the test work?
We have several SARS-CoV2 rapid lab assays, and based on the limited availability we cannot guarantee which tests will be performed. There are two primary methods, the first is a molecular RNA amplification test. This works by breaking open the virus particles, amplifying its RNA, and then detecting the presence of the virus' RNA. The second method, called digital chromatographic immunoassay, works to detect the specific antigens which are related to the virus.
Can I get a note to return to work?
We will provide you with a lab report within 1-business day of being tested. We also offer a 1-hour option. We can email, fax, or mail your report. You can also download it online for up to 2-weeks after your test.
Will my insurance pay for this test?
Unfortunately No. Because this test is provided as a private service to you, we cannot process the fees through insurance.
Do I need an order from my Primary Care Physician to get this test?
No. This test is provided as a private service directly from STAT Research. No order is required. Our on-site providers will assess if the test is appropriate.
Do I need to book an appointment?
No, we accept walk-in appointments but encourage booking an appointment online. Walk-in appointments may be subject to a longer wait period if the lab is busy. If you book an appointment online, we can notify you in the unlikely event we're unable to test.
When are you open for testing?
We are open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. We are closed for most major holidays.
How accurate is the test?
Currently, we use the BD SARS-CoV2 rapid assay. It has a Negative Predictive Value of 98.2%, meaning that 98.2% probability that a negative result is correct.** The Positive Predictive Value is >99%, meaning the probability of a positive result is >99% correct.** This does mean that approximately 1.8% of negative results may be positive and that <1% of positive results could actually be negative.
** At a prevalence of 10% of the population is positive. The negative predictive value is the probability that a person with a negative test result truly does not have the disease. The positive predictive value is the probability that a person with a positive test result truly has the disease.
*** Information obtained from BD IDS Simplified COVID-19 Infographic, dated August 2020.
Is this test valid for travel?
Maybe. This test is NOT a PCR test, which is sometimes required for travel.
How much does a test cost?
View our rates here:
I thought testing was free, why do you charge a fee?
There are free pop-up testing sites by the State of Ohio and other agencies. Our test is private and requires the purchase of the equipment and lab kits. We have worked to keep this cost at a minimum.
What methods of payment do you accept?
Samsung Pay, Google Pay, Apple Pay, and most major credit/debit cards. We DO NOT accept cash or check.