COVID-19 Testing in Passaic, NJ
Are you concerned about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)? With a firm commitment to supporting the health and safety of members of our community, MedRite Urgent Care is pleased to offer remote COVID-19 prescreening services via state-of-the-art video-conferencing tools. If appropriate, your prescreening can be followed by a diagnostic nasal swab test performed at our certified drive-up testing center in Passaic, New Jersey. As a trusted provider of urgent care services in the Manhattan area for more than a decade, we want to be your first choice for telemedicine and COVID-19 testing services during these unique and challenging times.
When Is COVID-19 Testing Appropriate?
The novel coronavirus does not always produce symptoms, and when it does, the symptoms can be vague, subtle, and/or flu-like. While most people who exhibit flu-like symptoms do not have COVID-19, we encourage you to register for a virtual visit with a MedRite provider if you are experiencing:
- Persistent coughing
- Shortness of breath
- Fever, chills, and body aches
- Sore throat
- A new loss of taste or smell
During your virtual visit, your MedRite provider may determine that your symptoms are caused by seasonal influenza or otherwise unrelated to the novel coronavirus. If so, he or she can recommend an appropriate treatment plan, which may involve staying at home and resting, drinking plenty of fluids, taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, and/or filling a prescription at your local pharmacy (which we can call in for you). On the other hand, if your provider is able to rule out the flu and determines that your symptoms warrant further investigation, he or she may suggest that you register for a COVID-19 test, which you can receive from the safety of your vehicle at our testing center in Passaic, NJ.
COVID-19 testing is relatively simple; it involves the collection of a small secretion sample from your nose and throat. An experienced MedRite provider will gently insert and rotate a specialized, soft-tipped swab in one of your nostrils. He or she will then remove the swab, place it in a sterile container, and repeat the procedure in your other nostril. Your samples will then be evaluated in a certified lab for evidence of the novel coronavirus.
Are You at Risk?
If you are at heightened risk for complications of the novel coronavirus, it is especially important for you to seek medical attention right away if you exhibit COVID-19 symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), high-risk individuals include those who:
- Are age 65 or older
- Reside in a long-term care facility, such as a nursing home or assisted living center
- Have been diagnosed with asthma or chronic lung disease
- Have been diagnosed with diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, or kidney disease
- Have a weakened immune system due to cancer treatment, an immune deficiency, certain medications, organ transplantation, or another factor
- Have excess body fat that may cause health issues (obesity)
Protecting Our Collective Health
The novel coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve. COVID-19 spreads easily and the majority of the world’s population remains vulnerable to it. A vaccine would provide some protection by helping the body’s immune system identify and destroy the virus. This would help prevent illness, allowing lockdowns to be lifted and social-distancing guidelines to be relaxed. Although researchers and scientists are working diligently to develop an effective vaccine, we are not there yet.
We do know that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the novel coronavirus, which is primarily spread from person to person through respiratory droplets that become airborne whenever an infected person coughs or sneezes. That’s why it’s so important to avoid close contact with others by staying home as much as possible and practicing social distancing when you must be in public places.
The novel coronavirus can also be spread through contact; i.e.; by touching an object that was recently touched by an infected person, then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Through frequent and thorough handwashing, you can destroy viruses on your hands. That’s why you’re constantly being told to wash your hands right now—it is a proven and effective way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
MedRite is your go-to source for the many essential, non-emergency medical services, including COVID-19 testing in Passaic, NJ. Save time. Feel better. Contact MedRite Urgent Care today.