Premier Lab Solutions COVID-19 Testing & Analysis Services
Drive-Through Testing Protocol
Patients will pull up to the chosen location at the time and date that has been scheduled online. Patients WILL NOT have to leave their cars. A medical staff member will guide patients through a drive-through area where paperwork will have already been completed. You do not need to confer with the medical staffers, as they will be aware of your case and all testing will be done through the driver’s car window.
When arriving keep windows up, have orders, ID and insurance card ready.
When you arrive at the site, road signs will direct you to keep your windows up and follow a series of cones. At your first checkpoint, individuals speaking through bull horns will ask to see confirmation of your payment and appointment time. If your health insurance provider is paying for your test, you will be required to show a doctor's note for each individual that will be tested. Once that is confirmed, you will be instructed to pull forward into a white tent where you will be reminded to keep your window up and asked how many people in the car will be getting tested. Patients are then asked to hold their photo ID and insurance card, if they have one, up to the window for a picture.
Get tested: Crack your window and get swabbed
A label is then printed for your sample as the patient drives through to the next tent. There, a lab technician asks you to roll your window down just a crack, tilt your head back so the back of your throat is swabbed. Patients can then roll up their windows and drive off.
The sample is put into a sterile container and sent to a lab.
If there are any small children or pediatric patients, parents will be tested first. Should the parent test negative, they can then decide if there’s a need to test the children. If the child is symptomatic, we recommend going directly to a pediatrician or urgent care. If the child is not symptomatic, the parent can speak with a clinician via TeleMed To discuss a pediatric swab.
How Samples Are Collected
The nasal swab is a very quick and simple process with very little discomfort, generally taking three minutes per person. To make sure all safety precautions are taken, we require that patients do not leave their car and remain in the drive-through line to keep schedules running smoothly.
- If you test positive for COVID-19, Click here.
- If you test negative for COVID-19, you probably were not infected at the time your specimen was collected. However, that does not mean you will not get sick. It is possible that you were very early in your infection at the time of your specimen collection and that you could test positive later, or you could be exposed later and then develop illness. In other words, a negative test result does not rule out getting sick later.
CDC expects that widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the United States will occur. In the coming months, most of the U.S. population will be exposed to this virus. You should continue to practice all the protective measures recommended to keep yourself and others free from illness. See How to Protect Yourself.
Additional information: U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration FAQs on Diagnostic Testing for SARS-CoV-2external icon.