COVID-19 Testing

We offer both PCR (nasal swab) & Rapid Antibody Testing.

Click the button below that best fits your testing need:

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StarMed Healthcare is a Charlotte based independently owned and operated Primary & Urgent Care Practice.

Open 7 Days a week and evenings for our community.

False Negatives

When might I expect a false negative result?

If you are tested before your body builds up the necessary antibodies to fight COVID-19 and you are tested only with the rapid antibody test, it is likely you will test negative. For this reason we feel it is absolutely imperative to provide combination testing, utilizing molecular PCR testing (nasal swab) for early infection, symptomatic, and high risk patients along with rapid antibody testing where it makes sense.

False Positives

When might I expect a false positive result?

There are seven known corona viruses to effect human beings, one of which is COVID-19. Two others were SARS and MERS which were not highly prevalent in the US. The other four corona viruses are:  229E, NL63, OC43 and HKU1. Although there is seemingly no reliable prevalence data on these four, these strains are likely more common and could be reason for a false positive. Link to study

Education

Why is education around testing types important?

Emphasizing proper combination testing protocols along with appropriate patient education is a must at this time. StarMed utilizes both antibody and PCR tests when false negatives are more likely to occur.  Better testing will be available to healthcare providers by the fall of 2020. Please take the time to educate yourself on all available test types. If you have any questions we will always be a resource for you and your family.

We have tested 793 individuals in the past week. Here are our ongoing results (updated at least weekly):

RESULTS SUMMARY – StarMed Healthcare, Charlotte, NC as of 6/19/20 5:47PM ET

TEST TYPE Total Tested Total Negative Total Positive % Positive
COVID-19
1,017
896
116
11.4%

Our team of molecular biologists perform tests onsite and obtain results using our QuantStudio™ 7 Flex Real-Time PCR Instrument.

CHARLOTTE PATIENT TESTING

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  • STEP 1: Click the "Schedule Virtual Visit" button below to schedule your Virtual Visit.
  • STEP 2: You will receive an Email with instructions for how to complete your Virtual Visit.
  • STEP 3: After Virtual Visit, drive to 4001 Tuckaseegee Road for Drive-Thru Test.
  • If you need a work note, please call our office.

BUSINESS TESTING

To speak to our Occupational Medicine Department,
please call 980-263-1943.

  • We will come to your location for on-site testing.
  • COVID-19 testing is generally covered by most insurances if there is a history of symptoms or previous exposure.
  • Result turnaround time varies slightly based upon test volume ranging from 36-72 hours.

COUNTY PATIENT TESTING

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  • STEP 1: Click the "Schedule Virtual Visit" button below to schedule your Virtual Visit.
  • STEP 2: Select your county from the drop-down menu.
  • STEP 3: You will receive an Email with instructions for how to complete your Virtual Visit.
  • STEP 4: After Virtual Visit, drive to your counties testing location for Drive-Thru Test.
  • If you do not do a Virtual Visit prior to showing up on-site an additional 30 minutes must be allotted to complete visit with our on-site provider.
  • Nasal Swab (PCR) Testing is 100% free.
  • Some counties allow for optional Antibody Testing per individuals request ($50 fee).
  • If you need a work note, please call our office.​

Disclaimer:

If we suspect you have a false negative or are considered high risk we will send off your specimen to our lab. 

  • Rapid Serum Antibody tests have not been reviewed by the FDA.
  • Results from antibody testing should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude SARS-CoV-2 infection or to inform infection status.
  • Negative results do not rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection, particularly in those who have been in contact with the virus. Follow-up testing with a molecular diagnostic should be considered to rule out infection in these individuals.
  • Positive results may be due to past or present infection with non-SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains, such as coronavirus HKU1, NL63, OC43, or 229E.
  • Patients selecting self-pay are attesting to the fact that they do not have any individual or group health plan that is in effect at the time they are filling out their information for testing.

COVID-19 Employer Testing Information