Free antibody testing available at local clinic


First Care Urgent Care is now offering antibody testing at all of its 18 locations at no cost to insured or uninsured patients.

That includes the location at 1202 E. Tipton St., Seymour.

In addition to testing for current COVID-19 symptoms, First Care is now offering the antibody test to detect if a patient had a previous COVID-19 infection. The process includes an examination of each patient’s symptoms and a blood test conducted in the clinic.

A no-cost COVID-19 diagnostic test may be conducted during the visit to determine if the possible infection is active.

First Care accepts Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans. Most plans have waived copays, so First Care will not collect anything from insured patients getting tested. If patients are uninsured, First Care will enroll them in the HRSA Uninsured Program for full coverage of their visit.

“We are working with a CLIA-accredited lab to get results for both COVID-19 diagnostic testing and antibody testing results back within 72 hours,” Chief Executive Officer Rob Pantoja said.

Each location offers no-appointment-necessary visits with licensed providers for treatment of minor illnesses and injuries.

First Care Urgent Care utilizes sanitation and infection control procedures while also following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention infection control guidelines in its cleaning regimens.

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